Monadnock Sunapee Greenway Trail

I’ve been so excited for this hike for months.  A thru hike is a thru hike, even if it is only 48 miles!  And the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway Trail is close to home to boot!  There were supposed to be four of us hiking but some last minute changes in work plans led to three of… Read more »

Onion River Race and Ramble

I was invited to join the Onion River Race and Ramble with some friends who had an extra kayak.  It’s a 10.5 mile paddle down the Winooski River that benefits Friends of the Winooski and you can sign up in multiple categories but it basically boils down to racing (competitive) or rambling (lazy).  We rambled, of… Read more »

Long Trail – Lincoln Gap to Route 2

I’m trying to finish my Long Trail section hike this year and just need a few weekends to do it.  The first was this weekend, Lincoln Gap to Route 2, with Switchfoot and Owen.  They met at my place Friday night and we drove up to Lincoln Gap Saturday morning to get started. The Long… Read more »

Appalachian Trail Vermont – Stage Road to Podunk Road

I have been eagerly anticipating my first overnight hike of the season.  I had to push it a week due to bad weather, but it finally happened!  I took some ladies from OWA out for a short jaunt on the Appalachian Trail in Vermont. I haven’t fully packed my pack in a while, and I… Read more »


I thought the earth remembered me, she took me back so tenderly, arranging her dark skirts, her pockets full of lichens and seeds.  I slept as never before, a stone on the riverbed, nothing between me and the white fire of the stars but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths among the branches… Read more »

No Man’s Land Film Festival

Jenn and I went down to the Boston area to check out the No Man’s Land Film Festival on tour yesterday, hosted by Outdoor Women’s Alliance.  But first, we stopped at the Middlesex Fells Reservation for a quick hike. We walked a loop including Bellevue Pond and Wright’s Tower.  The trail system there seemed extensive,… Read more »

Mount Ascutney

I volunteer as the Vermont event coordinator for the Outdoor Women’s Alliance New England grassroots team, but over the past couple of months, my events kept getting canceled due to snow storms.  We finally got out this month for a hike up Mount Ascutney.  Since it’s mud season, most of the trails are not in… Read more »

Long Trail – App Gap to Mad River Glen

The plan was to hike the Long Trail from Appalachian Gap to Lincoln Gap, which is ambitious enough in winter at 11.6 miles (plus 1.9 miles of closed Lincoln Gap Road).  It goes over two 4,000 footers plus four other peaks.  Add in the 2 to 3 feet dump of snow we received this week,… Read more »

Book Review: Married to the Trail

Now that I’ve done the AT and the PCT, the logical next step is the CDT – the Continental Divide Trail.  I don’t have plans to do it any time soon, but it doesn’t hurt to start reading about it!  The CDT runs from Mexico to Canada up the Continental Divide.  According to the CDTC,… Read more »

A Warm Winter Weekend at Bryant Camp

I booked this weekend at Bryant Camp over a month ago.  It’s a newly renovated cabin a mile up a backcountry ski trail in Bolton Valley.  The end of February should be perfect skiing weather, right?  Not any more.  It was in the 50s-60s all week and we lost tons of snow in the thaw…. Read more »

  • Long Trail – Bolton Notch Rd to Stowe Mountain Resort

    Switchfoot was nearby hiking a section of the Long Trail so I was able to get out for a weekend and join him.  We spotted a car at Smugglers’ Notch and drove south to the trailhead at Bolton Notch Rd.  The trail followed the road for a short distance, including through a tunnel with a… Read more »

  • Mount Hunger

    I met Tab at the Waterbury trailhead for a quick hike up Mount Hunger.  The Waterbury Trail climbs steadily for most of its 2.2 miles, but does turn into steep slabs near the top.  Climbing up those is always fun (in dry weather). It was sunny and warm until we got out of the trees… Read more »

  • Camel’s Hump

    My first hike as a Vermont resident had to be good.  Luckily, I live close to Camel’s Hump!  Shepherd was passing through and stopped to help me move furniture and hike, of course.  We drove to the Waterbury Trailhead and headed up the Monroe Trail.  We had to park at the winter lot further down… Read more »

  • Book Review: The Adventure Gap

    Today’s minorities will be the majority in the United States by 2050.  And yet, those minorities aren’t out using the vast public spaces that belong to all of us.  Think of an outdoor adventurer and what do you see?  Probably a white man.  The outdoors doesn’t generally exhibit much diversity in people, or at least… Read more »

  • Kayaking Lake Fairlee

    Exciting news: I have moved to Vermont! Jenn was so excited about it that she planned a weekend orientation for me.  We drove around checking out potential new hometowns, went apartment shopping, wine and cider tasting, and kayaking on Lake Fairlee.  She happened to be house/dog sitting there so we had kayaks handy and had to… Read more »

  • Happy Birthday, National Park Service!

    Today, the National Park Service turns 100.  Of the currently 59 US National Parks, I think I’ve been to 15.  That’s not counting national monuments, national historic parks, national historic sites, national recreation areas, national memorials, national seashores, etc, etc, etc – just national parks.  Now that I’m actually counting them up, I’m realizing that I haven’t… Read more »

  • Tubing Brandywine Creek

    This summer has been one heat wave after another, which has led me to daydream about tubing constantly.  I have been tubing a few times before – once on the Delaware River with a commercial outfitter, once on the Susquehanna River while hiking the AT, and once on the Owens River while hiking the PCT…. Read more »

  • March for a Clean Energy Revolution: My First Protest

    I’ve been spending time in Philadelphia lately.  That puts me in the interesting position of being present for the Democratic National Convention and all of the accompanying protests.  I’d never been to a protest before, but when a local conservation group sent out an email inviting people to the March for a Clean Energy Revolution, I… Read more »

  • Kayaking Lamoka Lake

    Lamoka Lake, formerly called Mud Lake, is a small lake in the midst of the much larger Finger Lakes in central New York.  It is 1.6 miles long by .7 mile wide, not including Mill Pond at the south end of it.  There is a half mile channel connecting Lamoka to Waneta Lake, formerly called Little Lake…. Read more »