Five Star Trails: The Ozarks

Sharing My Love of the Trails

During a phone interview with Kyle Kellams of KUAF, I mentioned how hiking and writing about trails go together for me. I couldn’t imagine doing one without the other. He said, “So, in addition to being a thru-hiker, you’re a ‘thru-writer.'” I thought, what a cool...

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Best Places to See Fall Foliage Near Philly

We all blinked, summer came and passed, and now fall is knocking at our doors. While beach days may be behind us, the promise of crisp air, fresh apples, and pumpkin everything make fall basically the best season. If you live in a sprawling city like Philadelphia, it...

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Photographing 100 Steps of Mindfulness

Here are a few photos from an assignment I thought up during a morning hike on my home trail. I took a photo using my smartphone camera every 100 steps, allowing myself to move up to ten steps from each stopping point to locate a...

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Mount Magazine, Five-Star Trails: The Ozarks, Jim Warnock, Hiker-dog, hiking in Arkansas

Arkansas’ Island in the Sky

Residents of the Ozarks hanker for higher elevations this time of year. I wish Arkansas had an 8,000-foot mountain, but it would be crowded with the whole state huddled at the top through July and August. Fortunately, there is a place where you can sometimes escape...

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Hiking the Marinoni Scenic Area with Exploring Arkansas

Hiker-dog and I scouted the Marinoni Scenic Area recently in preparation to share with Chuck Dovish of Exploring Arkansas. Chuck’s program is aired by Arkansas Educational Television Network. He has done programs since 2005, so finding an area of Arkansas he hasn’t covered was a challenge....

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When in Doubt, Write

As a child, I thought writing was magic. For real writers, words must flow without effort in finished form, or so I thought. My senior English teacher was Inez Taylor. She was pretty tough but got me excited about writing. I worked particularly hard on a short story...

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Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: Mid-Atlantic, Matt Willen, outdoors photography,

Enhance Your Photographs With Time Exposures

I was recently visiting the Berkshires in western Massachusetts when a cold spell drifted in from the north. A flake of snow fell, the ground froze, and the conditions were ripe for some exploration of the surrounding country. During a walk, I came upon a...

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