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 »

  • Book Review: Empty Hands

    I absolutely loved this book by Arthur Stringer. My aunt told me about it while we were camping in Montana in May, saying it was my great-grandpa’s favorite book but it had been lost on lending it to someone who never returned it. I went on amazon and got a 1924 edition very cheap right… Read more »

  • More hiking

    I’ve been doing a good amount of hiking in the past two months, and each hike confirms what I want to do. When I was out visiting a friend in Arizona, we hiked on the Bright Angel Trail of the Grand Canyon. We also went down to Sedona area and hiked up Wilson Mountain, the… Read more »

  • Book Review: Solo: On Her Own Adventure

    I enjoyed this collection of stories by women recounting their solo adventures in not only backpacking but many outdoor activities. It’s good to see other women accomplishing their goals alone, the reason behind why they do it, and how they deal with other people’s nay-saying. It’s a very inspiring and encouraging read. You might also… Read more »

  • Book Review: The Barefoot Sisters Southbound

    This was a great read by two sisters from Maine who hiked the Appalachian Trail (mostly) barefoot. It was really cool to read from both of their perspectives and see them go through different emotions and physical issues. I was particularly interested in their story to see what a southbound hike would feel like. I… Read more »

  • Book Review: Just Passin’ Thru

    I quite enjoyed this book by Winton Porter, the owner of a backpacking store / hostel right on the AT in Georgia. He tells stories of some of the hikers coming through, some who stick around, and some who come back time and again. I’d like to get one of his pack shakedowns, where he… Read more »

  • Book Review: Becoming Odyssa

    I did a quick re-read of this book as well, since you read about things differently when it’s for entertainment and when it’s for something you actually are planning to do. It struck me that Davis was also not that prepared before starting her trip (“also” referring to Bill Bryson). She started with ill-fitting old… Read more »

  • Book Review: A Walk in the Woods

    I hadn’t read Bill Bryson’s book in so long that I wanted to give it another go.  It was just as funny as I had remembered, and I really enjoyed all the history and trivia he has mixed in throughout.  I remembered that they hadn’t finished the hike but I really did not remember just… Read more »

  • The beginning

    This past weekend I went down to Christiansburg, VA, to visit my friends Caz and Scott.  We had originally planned on meeting in Shenandoah National Park to do some backpacking.  Then Old Rag Mountain came up and we all got really excited about that and decided to forego backpacking so we could car camp near… Read more »