Glacier National Park

With a bit of time between jobs, I did what any sensible person would do and hit the road with Dad on another US road trip. On our way we'd hit some classic cowboy locations like Monument Valley and Yellowstone, but for me the highlight was the northern most point of our 4000 mile loop,  … Continue reading Glacier National Park

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Alta Via 1 – Days 1 and 2

On a hot summers day in early July, I meet my friend Ana in Dobbiaco, a small Italian town near the border with Austria, far from either of our homes. We're about to start Alta Via 1, a 10(ish) day hike through the Italian Alps. All 150 km of Alta Via 1 stretch out ahead … Continue reading Alta Via 1 – Days 1 and 2

Snowliage in the Green Mountains

I head up to Vermont one fall weekend for a camping trip with a friend from New Zealand who’s been living in Montreal. Peak foliage was apparently the weekend prior most places but I’m hopeful that there will still be some nice patches left for us to explore. The universe must be smiling on us … Continue reading Snowliage in the Green Mountains

A Winter Return to Acadia

The rain is a kiss of a lost love. A touch of beautiful loneliness that takes your heart floating away on the breeze. Detached from the treetops that dwindle beneath your dangling feet. How glorious this place must be in the dead of winter. I found this piece scrawled in an old travel journal, the ink blurred and broken … Continue reading A Winter Return to Acadia

Struggling with Introversion on the Kepler Track: Day Three

I've come a long way since Day One of the Kepler Track. Starting bright and early, I leave the other hikers far behind and manage to find a little slice of wilderness despite the popularity of the trail. I set off from the Iris Burn Hut before any of my fellow hikers have risen from their beds, just … Continue reading Struggling with Introversion on the Kepler Track: Day Three

Struggling with Introversion on the Kepler Track: Day Two

Day One of the Kepler Track saw me disappointed with the clientele at the otherwise beautiful Luxmore Hut. On Day Two things pick up. The people don't really improve, but my skill at avoiding them certainly does. I rise early and am pleased to find the common area at Luxmore Hut completely empty. Everyone else must … Continue reading Struggling with Introversion on the Kepler Track: Day Two

Struggling with Introversion on the Kepler Track: Day One

My second choice for a title for this one was the simple and to the point: ‘People Suck’. You know that wonderful feeling when everyone you meet on the trail is a kindred spirit with the same childlike enthusiasm for the landscape as you? Or the equally wonderful times when you don’t meet anyone at … Continue reading Struggling with Introversion on the Kepler Track: Day One

Fall in Vermont with an Unexpected Companion

Inspired by a wander up Camel’s Hump in the fall; when death is in air but she’s oh so pretty. Death rises from the shadows as the leaves start to fall. All manner of brilliant colors scatter to the ground on her whim. A blanket of stolen gold covers the roots of trees that slowly turn skeletal … Continue reading Fall in Vermont with an Unexpected Companion

The Routeburn and Caples Tracks: Day Four

This is Day Four of my adventure on the Routeburn and Caples tracks. If you’re just tuning in, the full story starts here with the beginning of the Routeburn Track. The first day on the Caples Track begins here.  I leave the Upper Caples Hut at day break and start the long stroll down the Caples Valley. … Continue reading The Routeburn and Caples Tracks: Day Four

The Routeburn and Caples Tracks: Day Three

This is Day Three of my adventure on the Routeburn and Caples tracks. If you’re just tuning in, the full story starts here. A storm rages through the night. Lightning, thunder and driving rain drown the snores of tired hikers. I snuggle deeper into my sleeping bag and fall into dreams of howling winds. Things have … Continue reading The Routeburn and Caples Tracks: Day Three