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MARCH 2017 

*At Wisconsin Governor's Conference on Tourism. Lots of talk about importance of sense of place. But of course! 

*My book Thousand-Miler was published a few weeks earlier than scheduled! Order your copy through the Wisconsin Historical Society Press or Amazon.

*An excerpt of my first book, the memoir Thousand-Miler, was published in the Spring 2017 issue of Wisconsin Magazine of History. 

*I'm returning to the Florida Trail to hike another 300 miles or so from roughly the Ocala National Forest to St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in the eastern panhandle. Story research!

*Looking forward to the coming debut of Bindu Trips, a travel itinerary-building website. I have created itineraries for Wisconsin Dells and Spain's Vía de la Plata pilgrimage trail (Camino).

How Solitary Confinement Works

You'll never misbehave after reading this piece I penned on solitary confinement for the website How Stuff Works. Interestingly, they assigned me a piece on empathy shortly after.

Scenes from Wisconsin's Snowshoe Beer Mile
Perhaps the world's first snowshoe beer mile event was held in Eau Claire, Wis., in 2016. Temperature: 2 degrees. It was a balmy 40-something during the 2017 event, which posed its own issues. Read about both races in this Runner's World article.  

JANUARY 2017

*Heading to the Everglades to start a thru-hike of the 1,100-mile Florida National Scenic Trail. Hopefully I'll survive the inaugural three-day trek through the swamp!

*While down there, I'll be checking out the St. Anne Shrine in Lake Wales for the National Catholic Register. It was built by French-Canadians in 1920 and today is abandoned but beautiful.

Sanctuary in southwestern Wisconsin

The Kickapoo River Valley is the perfect place to relax and take in some stunning landscapes, as you'll see in this piece written for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. 

Sledding at Great Sand Dunes National Park
No, you don't do this in a desert locale. The biggest sand dunes in the U.S. are in Colorado. Read about this fascinating park in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. 

Midwest Traveler: Devil's Lake may be Midwest's best climbing spot
I'm afraid of heights, but I tried my hand at climbing and was surprised at how enjoyable, albeit tough, it was. See what you think after reading my piece in the Minneapolis Star Tribune  

How easy is it to spot a moose on Isle Royale? You'll see what it took for my hubby and me after reading this story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune  

D.C. shines in the off-season
When I went to Washington, D.C. in February, I discovered a pleasant surprise. Read about it in this article I wrote for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Island Disputes
Think the U.S. and Canada are fast friends? They are, save for one tiny rock. Intrigued? Take a gander at this piece in Islands magazine.  
This story won the 2016 Lowell Thomas gold award for Best Short Travel Article. 

 

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I was recently honored to receive a gold Lowell Thomas award for Best Short Travel Article 2016. The Lowell Thomas awards are considered the most prestigious awards given for travel journalism in North America.

 

Hello.

I'm a freelance writer and editor specializing in travel and fitness, although I cover many other subjects, too. I began my career writing for national consumer magazines and major newspapers, added in corporations and websites, seeded a wiki on marathoning and recently wrote my first book, Thousand-Miler, published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. I'm a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), and my latest passion is exploring America's 11 National Scenic Trails. To date I've twice thru-hiked the Ice Age Trail; I'm currently in the midst of exploring the Florida Trail, New England National Scenic Trail and the North Country Trail. Please explore the rest of my website to find out more about me and my work.

Melanie