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live presentation!

Join Blissful for a live “virtual” presentation of her Te Araroa tramp, Friday, April 23 at 4:00 CST.

videos: the glamorous life of a fledgling blogger

If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner. Tallulah Bankhead SO SORRY loyal followers of blissful hiker for causing a collective scratching-of-heads and momentary clutching-of-pearls. There is no password required to read my musings. NO PASSWORD. None. Nada. What’s up? You might ask. Well, I’m organizing Anita Hike’s […]

GUEST POST: Meet supergirl harpist-hiker Emily Granger

Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common. Sarah Dessen I met Emily Granger a bit by accident while nosing around instagram. The minute I saw this accomplished musician who doubles as a hiking fiend, I messaged her that she’s my […]

To: Mark Weatherall, Chief Executive of the Te Araroa Association

Kia ora, Mark. Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me by phone on that cold, blustery and rainy day last March as I holed up in Otautau after an upsetting encounter with an aggressive male tramper. Your calming voice and sensible advice helped me complete the trail in Bluff full […]

forest fungus fotos

Fungus was certainly among us when Richard and I walked the Kepler Track in New Zealand’s South Island.

TA Stewart Island

I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself. —Emma Stone The main goal of this five-month leave from work and life has been ticked off the list and there are a few days left before Richard arrives, so I fill the time by leaping over to […]