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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.