Feeding My Soul with a Trail

There isn’t much fall in Central Texas, but the flame leaf sumac smoldered bronze, rust, and gold against the green of Ashe junipers and wayward ligustrum. That November morning wasn’t even cold. More like muggy with a faint patina of mist. There hadn’t been any real rain but as we’d stopped to assess the fork… Continue reading Feeding My Soul with a Trail

Time Traveling in Northwestern Nebraska

It never fails—traveling reveals magic. My trip to northwestern Nebraska this fall certainly did; I discovered a time machine. So many different days, I stood in a building or on a hill or plain and completely lost myself in the past. Goosebumps rippled my skin over pioneer wagon ruts still tracking the Oregon Trail. While… Continue reading Time Traveling in Northwestern Nebraska

Ann Arbor Delivers a Christmas Frame of Mind

It’s December. A light but bracingly chill breeze wafts by, ruffling that slightly scratchy woolen scarf warming your neck. Clean, crisp puffs of winter air become visible wispy clouds of vapor with each escaping breath. Now, take a deep inhale. Green smells–fresh cut fir, boxwood, farm stand vegetables–mix with the warm aroma of that spiced coffee clutched… Continue reading Ann Arbor Delivers a Christmas Frame of Mind

Mixing Reading, Trails, and Politics into 1 Impassioned Discussion

The universe sometimes provides a thought-provoking cocktail of issues that beg the question: was this a divine plan, or did I just randomly connect some dots? This week’s discussion mix: books, trail adventures, and wilderness politics. Let’s Start with Books I find reading well-written nonfiction to be a pure joy. Two books that fit this… Continue reading Mixing Reading, Trails, and Politics into 1 Impassioned Discussion

Running the Trails at Walnut Creek Park

Few things are better than empowering someone with the confidence to successfully navigate a trail. I love to introduce people to my favorite outdoor spaces, and that’s why I’ve coached running groups, written guides, and dragged friends around most of Austin’s trails. Nature, however, continually edits paths. That shady, overgrown summer trail is completely different in… Continue reading Running the Trails at Walnut Creek Park