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Tokaido Nature Trail: Logistics and Planning

Tokaido Nature Trail: Logistics and Planning

In the U.S., the term “nature trail” denotes the one-mile long interpretative boardwalk next to a parking lot. It’s the place for toddlers in strollers, not a place for hardcore backpacking. So, as I scoured the internet for wild long distance hiking trails in Japan,...
On living to 28: A Birthday Reflection

On living to 28: A Birthday Reflection

Twenty eight isn’t a particularly old age, but as a pre-teen, it was an age I never thought I would reach. I wasn’t an adventurous or fit child—a topic I stress during my hiking presentations in an effort to inspire the inactive—yet, I was sure that I would die at...
Fall Kale Dehydrating for Summer Hiking Health

Fall Kale Dehydrating for Summer Hiking Health

What’s the perfect trail food that no one carries on trail? Kale! This leafy green has as many nutrients as that multivitamin in your med kit that you keep forgetting to take. Kale is a natural detoxifier, which is a plus for hikers who spend the whole day eating (or...