I'm a journalist, an activist, and a lover of trails and travel, a New Jersey native living in Houston for the past 15 years. I cherish the feeling of carrying just what I need on my back and sleeping in a tent. My two favorite sounds are cicadas in August and the wind blowing through the tops of tall pine trees. I planned a 2018 AT thru-hike but cancelled to focus on the midterm elections. I now have my sights on a 2021 thru-hike, starting shortly after my 60th birthday.