Professional plant nerd setting out to hike New Zealand's Te Araroa Trail in 2023! I'm hitting the pause button on a career managing public gardens and landscapes so that I can take some time to dwell deeply in our world's natural spaces. Feeling immensely grateful for this opportunity to live outdoors and walk every day, and excited to carry my pack 1800 miles across a whole country. Also, it's been a minute since my last long-distance thru-hike (read: 20 years), so you can join me in discovering how much aging can really happen to the human body in two decades! Hope you'll read along.
Te Araroa, Days 58-66: The Richmond Ranges
In which the mountains kick my ass, I take solace in some restorative plant-gazing, and we reflect on how remarkably heavy food can feel when you're carrying it on your back
Te Araroa, Days 52-57: Boyle Village to St. Arnaud
Hello from the kitchen of the St. Arnaud Alpine Lodge, where I'm drinking hot cocoa and watching the rain come down in chilly-looking curtains
Te Araroa, Days 43-51: Lake Coleridge to Boyle Village
Dang, it's been a long time! I think I'm officially in the part of a long-distance hike where you feel like the same thing has been happening for
Te Araroa, Days 37-42: Geraldine to Lake Coleridge
Hello, my darlings! Another week on the trail has gone by - this one full of nearly as much hitching as hiking, owing to reroutes around the
Te Araroa, Days 31 – 36: Twizel to the Rangitata River
In which we learn about the horrors of road walks, become briefly homeless in Tekapo, and have a NOBO family reunion!
Te Araroa, Days 24 – 30: Wanaka to Twizel
Guess what - yesterday was my one-month trail anniversary! Since I started out on January 1, I've hiked 395 miles - about 350 on the Te Araroa, and another 45 on the Routeburn and Caples Tracks! Milestones are truly the spice of life, are they not?
Te Araroa, Days 19-23: Queenstown to Wanaka
Greetings from a trailer park in the town of Wanaka, where I'm finally making myself eat the oatmeal packets I've been carrying for 250 miles. The
Te Araroa Side Quest: The Routeburn and Caples Tracks
Well, I've officially been chided for falling off the map for too long - actually by another TA hiker who had somehow found and been reading this
Te Araroa, Days 13-18: Te Anau to Queenstown
Hello, my hike-along pals! When last I left you, I was luxuriating in the library in Te Anau, a town where I ate an entire pizza by myself in one
Te Araroa, Days 8 – 12: Birchwood Station to Te Anau
Hello again, good people - here's your second post of the day, available exclusively via the Te Anau Public Library Internet Special! Before I regale