Five Hidden Gems to Hike in D.C. This Fall

At first glance, Washington, D.C., may seem like a large city with an inescapable amount of people and politics. Even the sightseeing-worthy national monuments and museums will find you elbow-to-elbow with equally contemplative tourists. While touring the traditional D.C. monuments is all well and good, Renee...

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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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Wildflowers of the Appalachian Trail, Appalachian Trail, hiking the AT

Stop and Smell the Wildflowers Along the Appalachian Trail

Let’s talk about wildflowers. Wildflowers are the unsung heroes of the Appalachian Trail. They’re often overshadowed by the sweeping vistas, towering pines, and formidable rock formations, but they are equally important to your hiking experience. They’re small but mighty, brightening up even the gloomiest of...

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A Love Letter to Salt Lake City

Dear Salt Lake City, Thank you. Thank you for generously hosting Outdoor Retailer Summer and Winter Market for the past 22 years. Thank you for your overwhelming kindness and generosity. Thank you for putting up with our hoards of outdoor geeks in our trucker hats and...

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Your Guide to Outdoor Retailer Summer Market

We are stoked for the start of another Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. And this isn’t just any #ORshow, it’ll be all about saving our public lands and outdoor advocacy. Plus it's the last show in Salt Lake City, so it will be bittersweet and celebratory...

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