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JUNE 2018

*Off thru-hiking the Superior Hiking Trail for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Stay tuned for many tales from the trail.

MAY 2018

*It was wonderful to once again write about Spain's Camino – the underrated Vía de la Plata – in AAA Traveler.

 *Attended the annual conference of the American Society of Journalists & Authors. Met with several book agents. Stay tuned!

*An exciting hiking project is in the works. More info next month.

APRIL 2018

*Sadly, the North Country Trail's growth in two spots is being hampered by politics, as you'll see in this Minneapolis Star Tribune article

*I wrote this piece on hamstrings after my reattachment surgery in February.

MARCH 2018

*Thanks to Joan Young of Michigan for publishing a book review of "Thousand-Miler."

*Attended the Wisconsin Governor's Conference on Tourism (WIGCOT) March 12. 
 
FEBRUARY 2018

*My last hurrah before surgery (see below) was snowshoeing in the Porkies. It was fantastic and I highly recommend it, as you'll see in this Star Tribune piece.

*Had hamstring reattachment surgery. Yikes! But hopefully after my six-month recovery, I'll be as active as ever. 

JANUARY 2018

*Thinking of having a gender-reveal party? You may wish to think again a la this Stuff Mom Never Told You podcast.

*Purged my office of loads of old files and assorted junk. Ahhh! I feel much better. It's true that clutter is stressful.

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DECEMBER 2017

*Ever wonder why New Zealand is home to such crazy adventures? My article on HowStuffWorks explains it all.

*A small church in Oshkosh, Wis., is home to the one of the world's largest, permanently displaced Nativity collections.  

NOVEMBER 2017

*Trails are great, but you can hike in cities, too, as this Midwest Living article on urban hikes demonstrates. 

OCTOBER 2017

*This is book-talk month! Check out my schedule of appearances to talk about the Ice Age Trail and my book Thousand-Miler.

SEPTEMBER 2017

*A summer trip to no-cars-allowed Mackinac Island was the impetus for this article on the island's bike culture.

*This month my husband and I thru-hiked the 215-mile New England National Scenic Trail. It was really rocky!

*Did you know you can take an alpine slide down the Great Wall of China? Read about my journey in this Minneapolis Star Tribune piece.

AUGUST 2017

*The book "Great Hiking Trails of the World" was just published, and three of my hiking photos are in it!

*HowStuffWorks now has author pages, so you can see a lot of my recent stories on my page. Yay.

*I was one of three travel experts who came up with Wisconsin's 20 best attractions, featured in a USA Today Readers' Choice poll.

JULY 2017

*There's a cool, semi-abandoned shrine in Lake Wales, Florida, that makes an interesting stop.

*Need a challenge? Hike the Manitou Incline near Colorado Springs!

*This article I wrote on funeral procession laws and etiquette for HowStuffWorks.com generated a staggering number of comments and shares on the website's Facebook page.

JUNE 2017

*Traveling south on I-94 from the Twin Cities toward Chicago? Here's a great spot to hop off for some touring. 

*Getting the Ice Age Trail more publicity, this time in Midwest Living.

MAY 2017

*Cheryl Strayed, author of the popular hiking memoir Wild, told The New York Times that my book Thousand-Miler is on her summer reading list!

*Hiked another week on the Florida NST, and then knocked off my first 250 miles of the North Country NST. Only 4,350 miles to go on that one!

APRIL 2017

*Last fall I hiked Tiger Leaping Gorge, a trail in China that's famous with foreigners. Here's what it was like.

*Thousand-Miler is being well-received. The Associated Press ran a story about it that was picked up everywhere, including The New York Times. Cool!

*Fan of dietary supplements? Here's what you should know about them.

 

 

 

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BIO

I attended St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., where I graduated summa cum laude with degrees in communication arts and political science. My first job after college was at a Green Bay radio station, filling in for a woman on maternity leave. I only earned $4.25 per hour, but I did have one memorable moment: a personal interview with Barbara Bush, wife of then-Vice President George H. W. Bush. When the radio station gig ended, I took a job as press secretary in the Wisconsin State Legislature, initially working under then-House Minority Leader Tommy Thompson, who eventually served as Wisconsin governor and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

In 1989 I left the workforce to be a stay-at-home mom for a few years, obtaining a Master's Degree in religious studies along the way. I resumed my journalistic career in 1994, when I began freelancing. Since then I've written for a wide variety of newspapers, magazines, trade journals, custom publications, websites and corporations, plus created two (now defunct) travel apps. While I’ll write about most subjects, my specialties are travel and health/fitness.

Award-wise, I'm honored to have three Lowell Thomas Awards to my credit: two gold awards for single articles (2011 and 2016) and one honorable mention as Travel Journalist of the Year (2015). There are innumerable writing competitions out there, but the Lowell Thomas Awards are considered the most prestigious in all of North America for travel journalism.

When I'm not hanging out with my family or writing, I'm most likely running or hiking, two of my biggest passions. My latest goal is to hike all of America's 11 National Scenic Trails. So far I've thru-hiked the Ice Age Trail twice, the Florida Trail and New England Trail, plus began chipping away at the North Country Trail. I've also thru-biked the Natchez Trace Parkway. Stay tuned!