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I'm a journalist, an activist and a lover of trails and travel, a New Jersey native who moved to Houston in 2004. I cherish the feeling of carrying just what I need on my back and tenting solo listening to coyotes howl. I'm easily mesmerized by the sound of the wind through the tops of tall pine trees. I had my sights on a 2021 thru-hike, starting shortly after my 60th birthday, but given the never-ending COVID-19 epidemic, I'm eyeing 2023. In addition to all the above, I co-founded with my husband a COVID-19-related website which you can find at www.covid19wallofmemories.org .