Introducing “Quick and Dirty Hiking Guides”

On July 22, 2017, Paul “Mags” Magnanti and I became hiking guidebook authors (woohoo!). Specifically we released the first two books in the Quick and Dirty Hiking Guide series. They are titled, 12 Classic Hikes in Colorado and 12 Classic … Continue reading

Blood Mountain

On December 29, 2012, I finished the longest journey of my hiking life. A 14,342 mi (23,081 km), almost eighteen month odyssey called the 12 Long Walks. I had planned to end my trip at the Appalachian Trail’s southern terminus … Continue reading

Top 10 Places to Eat on America’s Long Distance Trails

Food represents the most regularly anticipated and most commonly fantasized about subject that occupies a long distance hiker’s mind. Yep, even more than that other one. That being the case, it stands to reason that no matter whether you are … Continue reading

12 Long Walks Overview Map

July 2, 2011 to December 28, 2012……………..14,302 miles, 29 states, 4 provinces, 28 pairs of shoes…………..I originally planned on having the 12 Long Walks overview map ready in June……………2011……………timing never was my strong suit. Big thanks to Brian “Beardoh” Ristola … Continue reading

Florida Trail – Stage 8 – South Florida

Start:  John Stretch Park Finish:  Loop Road Distance:  95.2 miles (153.2 km) Time:  3.5 days (January 12-15, 2012) Daily Average:  27.2 miles (43.8 km) Total Distance:  1137.6 miles (1830.4 km) Highlights: Big Cypress National Preserve: From I-75 down to Loop Rd., the trail consisted … Continue reading

Florida Trail – Stage 7 – Okeechobee West

Start:  SR 78 Finish:  John Stretch Park Distance:  55.5 miles (89.3 km) Time:  1.5 days (January 10-12, 2012) Daily Average:  37 miles (59.5 km) Total Distance:  1042.4 miles (1677.2 km) Highlights:                                                             Sunrise and sunset over Lake Okeechobee. Loads of alligators in the … Continue reading

Florida Trail – Stage 6 – Kissimmee River

Start:  CR 523 Finish:  SR 78 Distance:  104.6 miles (168.3 km) Time:  3.5 days (January 7-10, 2012) Daily Average:  29.9 miles (48.1 km) Total Distance:  986.9 miles (1588 km) Highlights: Three Lakes WMA: Alligators, wild hogs, whooping cranes, gorgeous sunset and a … Continue reading

Florida Trail – Stage 5 – Eastern Corridor

Start:  The 88 Store, Ocala National Forest Finish:  CR 523 Distance:  231.2 miles (372 km) Time:  7.5 days (December 30, 2011 – January 6, 2012) Daily Average:  30.8 miles  (49.6 km – including a zero day for New Years with friends in Orlando) Total … Continue reading

Florida Trail – Stage 4 – North Florida

Start:  Winquepin St./CR 255 Finish:  The 88 Store, Ocala National Forest Distance:  217.4 miles (349.9 km) Time:  7 days (December 24-30, 2011) Daily Average:  31.1 miles (50 km) Total Distance: 651.1 miles (1047.7 km) Highlights:  Suwannee River: Despite the low water … Continue reading

Florida Trail – Stage 3 – Eastern Panhandle

Start:  Apalachicola River Finish:  Winquepin St./CR 255 Distance:  198.6 miles (319.6 km) Time:  6.5 days ( December 17-23, 2011) Daily Average:  30.6 miles (49.2 km) Total Distance:  433.7 miles (697.8 km) Highlights: St Mark’s Wildlife Refuge: Founded in 1931, St Mark’s was one … Continue reading

Florida Trail – Stage 2 – Western Panhandle

Start:  Harold Finish:  Apalachicola River Distance:  175.1 miles (281.8 km) Time:  5 days (December 12-16, 2011) Daily Average:  35 miles (56.3 km) Total Distance:  235.1 miles (378.3 km) Highlights: Ecofina creek: In particularly a very welcome afternoon swim at the … Continue reading

Florida Trail – Stage 1 – Western Gate

Start:  Fort Pickens Finish:  Harold Time:  2 days (December 10-11, 2011) Distance:  60 miles (97 km) Daily Average:  30 miles (48.5 km) Highlights: Fort Pickens Historical Site: Built between 1829 and 1834, this scenically set garrison was one of only four forts which … Continue reading