Ruth Nasrullah

I'm a journalist, a master naturalist, a certified interpretive guide, and a lover of trails and travel. I'm 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 .

Posts

Remembering Eric Heber, a Louisiana Trailblazer

Remembering Eric Heber, a Louisiana Trailblazer

He was a hiker and a backpacker, a Louisiana Master Naturalist, a YouTuber, and a devotee of Louisiana trails. He was a doting dad who brought his

May 4, 2022 : Ruth Nasrullah
Rosalie Edge: Socialite, Suffragist, and Conservationist

Rosalie Edge: Socialite, Suffragist, and Conservationist

August 26 is Women’s Equality Day.  That is the date on which, in 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, giving women the right

Aug 26, 2021 : Ruth Nasrullah
Buffalo Soldiers: From Slavery to Stewardship

Buffalo Soldiers: From Slavery to Stewardship

“We are all the beneficiaries now of the preservation and conservation work these people did back in the late 19th century.”  Those are the words

Feb 22, 2021 : Ruth Nasrullah
Punchbowl Mountain Dreamin’

Punchbowl Mountain Dreamin’

I have been trying to get back to the Appalachian Trail for years.  The last time I camped overnight on the trail was in August 2000, when I did a

Dec 16, 2020 : Ruth Nasrullah
5 Things You Should Know About the Lone Star Hiking Trail

5 Things You Should Know About the Lone Star Hiking Trail

Vic Hay contributed to this story. When I moved to Houston 17 years ago I had to do some research to find a trail of any decent length.  There is

Dec 3, 2020 : Ruth Nasrullah
Becoming a Master Naturalist Changed How I See the Trail

Becoming a Master Naturalist Changed How I See the Trail

I had been stressing for about an hour already. The mid-afternoon sun was beginning to turn the dark yellowish color that signals sunset is an hour

Oct 27, 2020 : Ruth Nasrullah
Meet Ambreen Tariq, The Activist Behind Brown People Camping

Meet Ambreen Tariq, The Activist Behind Brown People Camping

Ambreen Tariq is a Muslim, an immigrant, an activist, and an outdoor enthusiast.  She describes herself as a proud feminist and an advocate for

Sep 8, 2020 : Ruth Nasrullah
Eric Heber Invites You to Hike Louisiana’s Trails

Eric Heber Invites You to Hike Louisiana’s Trails

Eric Heber is an Alabama native who has lived in Louisiana for 18 years. He began hiking just seven years ago in the Kisatchie National Forest, a

Oct 11, 2018 : Ruth Nasrullah
Own the Hot Flashes: Tips for Menopausal Hikers

Own the Hot Flashes: Tips for Menopausal Hikers

You may see them infrequently. You may wonder at their skill or endurance.  If you’re the average AT thru-hiker—young and male—you may worry about

Jul 26, 2018 : Ruth Nasrullah
Moving up to the Class of 2019

Moving up to the Class of 2019

This will be my last post until the fall, when I start blogging about my 2019 thru-hike. Yes, 2019. I have decided to defer my thru-hike until

Jan 1, 2018 : Ruth Nasrullah