aka Dandelion. Hi! Most people meet me about 100 yards before they see me, so let's just get this greeting going, shall we? Im a musician, teacher, performer, storyteller, lover of karaoke, herbalist, aspiring polyglot and tree huggin' dirt worshipper. Over the past 25 years I've chased a military musician all over the globe, visited 25 different countries and had all kinds of fun adventures. Now it's time to explore the ol' US of A for a bit. Originally from Long Island, NY, now setting up shop not far from the AT in Massachusetts, Ive never lived anywhere more than 4 years since I was 12. So yeah, there's a bit of wanderlust in my blood. I decided at 30 to run a mile for the first time in my life, and I've been finding ways to push the goalposts a little further back ever since. My 2022 AT hike was just the challenge I needed! Bitten by the hiker trash bug, I'll be taking on the New England Trail in 2023. Follow me on Instagram for decent photos but better tales!
New Year! New Trail! New England!
It’s 2023. Thru-hiking season is well underway. It’s a weird spot to be in, mentally. This time last year, I had started my AT journey. My whole
Yesterday’s Adventure, Tomorrow’s Challenge
Meg is gone.My beloved pack, my one and only constant hiking partner, has been shipped off for repairs, My faithful companion, Meg and I don't
A ‘Brew Blaze’ of the Appalachian Trail
There's a reason why the hashtag #willhikeforbeer exists. For some of us along the trail, the thought of a tasty beverage in town is just the
What Worked & What Did Not: A Gear Review
Before my hike, I wrote a series of blog posts entitled, 'The Inevitable Gear Lists.' Now that my thru hike has triumphantly ended and I find
My Katahdin Story
"You got a lonesome road to walk And it ain't along the railroad track And it ain't along the black-top tar You've walked a hundred times
How Bad Do You Want It?
I sat at the breakfast table at Shaw's, full of Poet's amazing pancakes and wired on coffee. My hiking buddies, ET and Lady Slippers, and I were
I Am Here
My start date was February 18th. Take a second to do the math. Almost seven months have passed since I first walked through the arch at Amicalola
Smiles or Miles? Part 2: New Hampshire and Maine
Trail angel (and more importantly my friend) Fresh Ground told me just before I started my trek into the White Mountains: ‘You can do this. Your
Step by Step in the White Mountains
‘Wait til you get to The Whites!’ The Appalachian Trail’s version of Whamageddon, it is probably the most heard and least desired phrase out here.
The State Nobody Warns You About
You've climbed out of Palmerton, and that high gets you through the next few miles. New Jersey and New York are so close! You dreamily drool over