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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 coronavirus epidemic, I am hoping for a section hike in August or September 2021.