Hiking makes me happy.
Tarps are a game-changer when rain is in the forecast for your outdoors weekend.
Rustic cabins at various state parks can be a great way to enjoy the great outdoors during the cold weather months without the expense of winter gear, or the challenge of staying warm in camp when daylight ends at 5:00 p.m. and temperatures plummet. While I do winter camp on occasion, I love staying in… Read more
When trying to get to the trailhead is one of the most challenging parts of the backpacking trip…
I teach English and social studies online and in person, working with students as young as 7th grade, through early college. I also work as a freelance writer with experience writing for newspapers and magazines. In the last couple of years, I have become active with a hiking group, attending and leading group trips throughout Michigan, focusing on beginning backpacking skills.
My parents encouraged a love of nature from the time I was a small child; pontoon rides on Houghton Lake, fishing from the dock, and collecting fossils along the shore. We cross-country skied and snowmobiled in the winter, and sailed Lake Michigan in the summer. My love of hiking and backpacking comes from my desire to explore all of Michigan’s beauty, and escape the humdrum of everyday life.