Bearfence Mountain

Bearfence Mountain was the first challenge I met while hiking the Appalachian Trail. I hung this photo up at work to keep my dream of thru-hiking the AT alive.

Where gnomes roam

When you’re out for a hike and you see a mushroom like this, you immediately think of gnomes. Especially when you’re hiking through Germany’s Black Forest.

Kalo Paxi!

Celebrating Easter in Corfu with my sisters, I participated in ancient rituals and witnessed the amazing spectacle of the passing of the flame across the city.

Curious about George in Santorini

Yes, I’ve hiked across a volcano, and a historic one at that: the cinder cone in the middle of the caldera on the island of Santorini, Greece.

North Rim of the Grand Canyon

It’s not easy to get to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and it’s a long ways by car from the popular South Rim. But the views are worth the journey.

Taking Shelter in the Smokies

In spring, hiker’s thoughts turn to the Appalachian Trail, the granddaddy of all long distance hiking trails in America. In the Smokies, you must stay in the shelters.

The Peanut-Wallah

In India, peace is only for a moment. We had many visitors at the beach in Goa, the most persistent – and cutest – being the peanut-wallah.

Superior’s Edge

Things are rarely as they appear. Here on the edge of Lake Superior, even the edges aren’t obvious. The dunes of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore sometimes sit atop high cliffs, like this one.

Hiking a Snail’s Pace

On a guided hike out of Montreat, NC I happened across this snail, a flicker of movement among the mosses draped over fallen logs on Big Butt Mountain.