New Zealand- Spring '23
An 18-day solo road trip, from Auckland in the North Island to Queenstown in the South Island, with dozens of stops in between. I swam with dolphins in Kiaköura, walked through geothermal craters in Taupō, saw a Māori Haka in Rotorua, swam to That Wakana Tree, hiked Mt. Cook, and marveled at Milford Sound. Truly a land of majestic wonder.
Aruba- Dec '22
Spent the Christmas holiday in my happy place: On a bike, in a foreign country, with 80 degree temperatures. Explored the bushiribana Gold Mine Ruins & the Natural Bridge,
marveled at a butterfly farm, toured an aloe plant factory, hiked a cactus hill, biked through gale force winds, swam a few times, lunched on the beach, and soaked up the color and calm of the Caribbean.
Smoky Mountains- April '23
30+ miles and 4,000+ ft of elevation gains covered in 3 glorious days of hiking. The Smoky Mountains delivered magnificent varied terrain, dramatic overlooks, tranquil waterfalls, spectacular views, and that nourishing mountain air. There’s so much to experience here, I just got a taste. Forever grateful to be healing, hiking, and out exploring.
Nashville - April '23
First time in Music City! Highlights included the National Museum of African American Music, Ryman Auditorium, the Parthenon, Hatch Show Print, vibrant public art, all the Southern hospitality, and of course music playing from all around- from the craziness of lower Broadway to every neighborhood hangout.
Nova Scotia- Oct '23
Six day road trip through Nova Scotia, where I mostly sat in Adirondack chairs and stared at lighthouses. Took a cue from the tiny coastal towns and enjoyed a slower pace, but also found some gorgeous hikes and bike rides. A lovely peninsula with a rich maritime connection and the friendliest people. Oh Canada!
Acadia- Sept '23
60 hours in Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. Glorious hiking, lovely bike trails, early autumn colors and all that Maine ocean air goodness.
South Dakota- June '23
Five days in the Black Hills Forest region of South Dakota. Explored Badlands & Wind Cave National Parks, hiked in Custer & Spearfish Canyon State Parks, got up close with bison & burros, visited Crazy Horse Memorial, biked the Mickelson Trail, and soaked up Native American art & history First time in this beautiful part of the country!
Moab- Oct '22
Explored the stunning beauty and varied terrain of Arches & Canyonlands National Parks, went canyoneering down 100ft rapels, and taught myself how to mountain bike through the stunning red desert.
Sweden- Sept '22
Explored Stockholm and the surrounding area mostly by bike and soaked up the Swedish culture- including a daily Fika break! Visited several archipelago islands, found some hiking trails & biodynamic farm, stopped in a variety of museums and art galleries, and dined outdoors in all kinds of weather, as the Swedes do.
Puerto Rico- March '22
Chased waterfalls in El Yunque rain forest, explored the streets of Old San Juan, swam in the turquoise ocean, consumed copious amounts of mofongo, and soaked up the art, color and culture.
Asheville - Nov '21
Hiked the Appalachian Trail, took in the toweringBlue Ridge Mountains, explored the vibrant art & music scene and soaked up the stunning autumn foliage.