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OCTOBER 2018

*Need a break? Head to Sundara Inn & Spa, consistently ranked one of America's best destination spas.

*Heading to Italy (!), during which time I'll hike Cinque Terre and some other spots. Will it live up to the hype? Stay tuned.

*Ever hear of Door County, one of Wisconsin's top vacation destinations? Sturgeon Bay is its gateway, and a lovely city in its own right. Don't miss out!

SEPTEMBER 2018

*So excited to receive a gold Lowell Thomas award, the most prestigious for North American travel journalists, for a piece I wrote about hiking the Manitou Incline.

*Checked out the new addition at Sundara Inn & Spa in Wisconsin Dells. It's fab!

AUGUST 2018

*Love to hike? Iceland's got a lot of great spots, such as the island's famous Laugavegur Trail, as you'll see in thie Star Tribune article.

JULY 2018

*The Superior Hiking Trail series has started! Here's the intro, Part 1, Part 2Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5

*Despite my fear of heights, I braved scary waterslides in the Dells to determine which was the most frightening of the bunch. (You're welcome!) 

*Check out Eau Claire, Wisconsin's hipster town full of great music (Bon Iver, anyone?), art and craft beer.

JUNE 2018

*Heading to Wisconsin Dells? Check out Baraboo, too!

*Calling all combat veterans! Check out Warrior Expeditions and see how hiking, biking or paddling may be beneficial to you.

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

*TRAIL SERIES TEASER: Check out this teaser video! Series begins July 6.

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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CLIPS

Here are some of my favorite stories from the past.

 

 

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  

 

ISLANDS MAGAZINE
Island Disputes (August 2015)
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. 

 


MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE
Iceberg Alley (July 2015)
If icebergs fascinate you, head to Newfoundland's Iceberg Alley late spring or early summer. To find out what's in store, read about my experience iceberg-peeping in this Minneapolis Star Tribune article.

 

 

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE
Bay of Fundy's ups and downs (August 2014)
Ever heard of the Bay of Fundy? Did you know its tides are the highest in the world? See what it's like to experience them on land and on sea in this Minneapolis Star Tribune article.

 

 

 

MADISON MAGAZINE
Trail Blazing (July 2014)

Do you have what it takes to hike/run 1,100 miles? For an idea of what it's like, read about my trek along Wisconsin's Ice Age National Scenic Trail. published in the July 2014 issue of Madison Magazine

 

 

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE
Touching the sky in the Canary Islands
(March 2013)
At Spain’s Teide National Park, on the Canary Island of Tenerife, hikers (and cable-car riders) can reach the clouds atop a dormant volcano.

 

 

 

 

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE
Wandering in Wales (September 2012)
The newly created Wales Coast Path brings hikers past rocky seashore, fields of heather and a few wary cows.

 

 

 

 

 

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE
New Zealand's walk on the wild side (February 2012)

1st place, Best Newspaper Article - International Destinations, 2013 SATW Central States Writing Contest

 

 

 

 

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE
On the Backs of Giants (December 2010)
An elephant farm in Thailand works to boost the country's elephant population with help from adventurous visitors.

Gold Lowell Thomas Award, Best Environmental Tourism Article, 2011 SATW Foundation Excellence in Travel Journalism Contest

 


AMERICAN STYLE

The House That Art Built (Winter 2010-2011)
Figurative sculpture and an art furniture collection were the real foundations for one suburban Chicago couple's expansive new home.

 

 

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE
Pilgrim's Progress
(August 2010)
Helpful souls and good omens line the road to the holy city of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain.

2nd place, Best Newspaper Article - Foreign Travel, 2011 SATW Central States Writing Contest

 


MADISON MAGAZINE
Invasive Species
(June 2010)
Olin/Turville Point Park is plagued by an invader: a lascivious human one.

2nd place, Best Background, Analytical or Interpretive Story,
2010 Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Journalism Contest 

 

AMERICAN STYLE
Mr. Zagar's Opus
(August 2009)
Isaiah Zagar builds an evolving, sparkling mosaic masterpiece in downtown Philadelphia.

 

 

 

 

MOUNTAIN BIKE
Inside Line: Whistler, B.C.
(June 2010)
Come here for some of the best riding on the planet. But venture outside the bike park for big-mountain epics and fistfuls of mountain bike culture.

 

 

 

MADISON MAGAZINE
"Oh, Baby!"
(July 2009)
Audrey Edmunds is rebuilding her life after her murder conviction was overturned.
WEB EXCLUSIVE

 

 

 

BICYCLING
Shop We Love / Express Service
(July 2009)
Yellow Jersey in Madison, Wisconsin, delivers speedy repairs for every cyclist.


 

 

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE
Where Time Stands Still
(April 2008)
The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis will commemorate the upcoming 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination.

Won 2nd place for Best Newspaper Article on U.S./Canada, 2009 Society of American Travel Writers Central States Writing & Photography Contest.


 

 

CONTINENTAL
Playful Paths
(March 2008)
Reawaken your inner child with a run along Santa Rosa Beach's hidden footpaths.


 

 

SweetTea JOURNAL
Into Plein Air
(Summer 2007)
More than twenty artists captured Florida's Forgotten Coast on canvas during the ten-day inaugural "paint-out."

 

 

 

SHAPE
Venture Out: 5 Cities With Big Outdoor Appeal
(July 2007)
These active getaways boast all the perks — chic restaurants, art galleries, and shopping ― and it's so easy to exercise outside.

 

 

 

GOLF CONNOISSEUR
Buddha's Guest
(January/February 2007)
A two-day stay in a Korean temple opens the mind and frees the spirit.

 

 


ROBB REPORT VACATION HOMES
Sundara Inn & Spa, Wisconsin
(August/September 2006)

 

 

 

 

COOKING LIGHT
Enlightened Traveler: There's No Place Like Kansas City
(May 2006)
This Midwestern town is sizzling.

 

 

 

 

RUNNER'S WORLD
Winter Advisory
(February 2006)
How to make cold-weather runs safe – and even fun.

 

 

 

 

RUNNER'S WORLD
Rest Easy
(August 2005)
Recovery is an important – but often neglected – part of training plans.

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER
A Touch of Scandinavia
(November/December 2002)
Most visitors to Wisconsin's scenic Door County skip modest Washington Island. They don't know what they're missing.

 

 

 

ATTACHÉ
Western Preserve
(December 1999)
Writer Melanie Radzicki McManus discovers an old Texas ghost town that captures a modern spirit.