ABOUT MELANIE – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE
WRITER, BLOGGER, SPEAKER
I was born in Chicago and lived there until fourth grade, when my family moved to Sheboygan, Wisconsin, a medium-sized city on the shores of Lake Michigan. Ever since I was in elementary school, I wanted to be a writer, crafting fake newspapers as young as 7 or 8 years old. And I’d always longed to travel.
After high school, I went to St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, where I graduated summa cum laude with degrees in communication arts and political science. A few years later, I obtained a Master’s Degree in religious studies. (Nothing like combining religion, politics and journalism!) After stints as a radio news reporter and press secretary in the Wisconsin State Legislature, I found my true calling as a freelance writer.
Melanie Is A Highly Experienced Creative Writer
Over the years, I’ve written hundreds of articles on a wide variety of topics, with travel as my specialty. And hiking as my passion. My work (and feet!) have taken me on some of the world’s most incredible paths: Spain’s Camino de Santiago, Israel’s Snake Path up Masada, the Tongariro Crossing in New Zealand and China’s Tiger Leaping Gorge.
After thru-hiking the 1,150-mile (1,851 km) Ice Age National Scenic Trail in 2013, and setting the women’s fastpacking record in the process, I wrote Thousand-Miler: Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail (Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2017). That experience was so amazing, I decided to hike America’s 10 other National Scenic Trails. (Spoiler alert: I’m saving the most famous National Scenic Trail, the Appalachian Trail, for last.)
Please come along for the ride. It’s going to be a fun one!