Snowshoeing the Timm’s Hill Trail

Snowshoeing the Timm’s Hill Trail

The answer to a common trivia question in Wisconsin is Timm's Hill. That's the highest point in the state, at 1,951.5 feet. But many Wisconsinites think our highest point is Rib Mountain (1,923 feet), a popular skiing spot. As a hiker, here's what I love about Timm's...

Exploring Big Bend National Park

Exploring Big Bend National Park

I didn't know much about Big Bend National Park until a recent travel writing conference took me to El Paso, Texas. As always, I wanted to squeeze in some prime hiking, if possible. What I discovered is that if I drove about 90 minutes north, I could hike at White...

Skiing and Snowshoeing at ABR

Skiing and Snowshoeing at ABR

Many people say ABR is a funny name for a ski resort. I suppose that's true. ABR stands for Active Backwoods Retreat. And despite its unusual acronym name, USA Today readers rated it the fourth-best cross-country ski resort in the nation in 2019. That's pretty high...

Explore White Sands National Park

Explore White Sands National Park

White Sands National Park got its prestigious national park designation in December 2019. From 1933 to 2019, it was a national monument. When I visited White Sands, I had a blast hiking around the park. But the most enjoyable experience by far was watching the sun set...

Pickleball Is a Fast-Growing Sport

Pickleball Is a Fast-Growing Sport

Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in America today. The game, popularized by seniors, is now played by folks of all ages. Some colleges, universities and even high schools have teams and/or are teaching kids to play. The game is a combination of tennis,...

Wisconsin River Also a Dells Waterpark

Wisconsin River Also a Dells Waterpark

The Wisconsin River churns through Wisconsin Dells and Lake Delton as it winds throughout the state. And it's here, along a five-mile (8 km) stretch, that the river passes the incredibly beautiful "dells" formations that first attracted tourists to the area in the...

Hike through the Boundary Waters on the BRT

Hike through the Boundary Waters on the BRT

The Border Route Trail is a 65-mile (105-km) hiking trail that runs through the Boundary Waters. And specifically, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, or BWCAW, which lies between Minnesota and Ontario, Canada. Many people canoe the BWCAW, but very few people...

A Crazy Hike Along the Arizona Trail (AZT)

A Crazy Hike Along the Arizona Trail (AZT)

The Arizona Trail, or AZT, is one of America's 11 National Scenic Trails. It runs from Arizona's border with Mexico due north to its border with Utah. During this northerly trek, the trail unspools nearly 800 miles (1,288 km), passing east of major cities such as...

Why Hiking Is Becoming So Popular

Why Hiking Is Becoming So Popular

Everyone is hiking these days. Especially on long-distance trails. Hiking is surging in popularity not only across the U.S., but all around the world. Experts aren’t positive why this is happening, but believe one reason is the popularity of the book “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed.

Rim to Rim Hiking in the Grand Canyon

Rim to Rim Hiking in the Grand Canyon

Some people dream of hiking the Grand Canyon rim to rim. That is, hiking from its South Rim to its North Rim, or vice-versa. And some of these intrepid souls will eventually achieve their dream. I was once such a dreamer. I'd first read about people going "rim to rim"...

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