Five-Star Trails: The Ozarks

Sauntering Through the Ozarks

Hiking—I don’t like either the word or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains – not hike! ~ John Muir Today was about checking my 4-mile adopted section of the Ozark Highlands Trail. I’d recently read the above John Muir quote and planned to...

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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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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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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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Hiking and Camping Down the Bourbon Trail

Kentucky is a state diverse in its tourism opportunities. From an outdoor perspective, the center of the state has numerous lakes where you can spend day after summer day cooling off from that hot Kentucky sun. Rugged and mountainous eastern Kentucky has its high points,...

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Best Kentucky Breweries for a Post-Paddle Drink

April showers bring prime May paddling opportunities. And if you’re paddling in the Bluegrass State, you have dozens of places to wet your paddle and then whet your brewery desire. Here are some great Kentucky paddling destinations, ranging from relaxing floats to whitewater runs, and where...

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Everything You Need to Know for Day Hiking

[caption id="attachment_4300" align="alignleft" width="300"] Day hikers using their new copy of Five-Star Trails: The Ozarks[/caption] What do I wear? What do I bring? Where should I go, and when? What are the dangers? Will a bear get me? Many questions come to mind when spring temperatures entice you toward the trails....

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