Well, I didn't complete my thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail this year as I had hoped, due to the whole broken arm fiasco, but I managed to cover 600 miles so it was a decent start. Perhaps I will try again some day... In the meantime there are hundreds of miles of great hikes in … Continue reading Back in the Blue Mountains of NSW
Washington DC Part II: Museums and Monuments
First things first folks, I must apologise for the long online absence. As most know by now, I travelled back to Australia via Knoxville after departing Washington. A combination of dwindling funds and ongoing charlatanism on the part of my travel insurers were the primary reasons for my return. In addition, limited (and oft-times non-existent) … Continue reading Washington DC Part II: Museums and Monuments
Washington DC – Part I: The Literary Edition
It is going to take me more than one post to cover all that I saw in the nation's capital. So many museums, monuments, galleries, parks, libraries & bookstores, so little time... It is for this reason that I haven't posted in a week. I have been feeling a little overwhelmed by the size, scale … Continue reading Washington DC – Part I: The Literary Edition
Beers, bikes, hikes and bites in Burlington (Vermont) with the Stephenstermachers!
After our delicious breakfast at Lou's Restaurant in Hanover, I took Mountain Goat and her friend Puddles to a church where the pastor allows hikers to sleep in the basement, then dropped Mountain Goat at a trailhead south of Hanover so she could slackpack the ten miles into town. I then drove north-west through Vermont … Continue reading Beers, bikes, hikes and bites in Burlington (Vermont) with the Stephenstermachers!
Catching up with trail crew in Maine & New Hampshire
I was thwarted at the base of Katahdin by the logistical nightmare of an overbooked carpark in a designated wilderness area. And here I thought I was being super organised driving up to the park the day before I planned to climb to register my next day's hike. Essentially, without a carpark reservation (made well … Continue reading Catching up with trail crew in Maine & New Hampshire
Cormac McCarthy’s Borders and Landscapes has now been released through Bloomsbury!
The edited collection that I have been working on in collaboration with these lovely people has now been released. For more details about the book, visit the Bloomsbury website. For a sneak peak at the cover, see here.
Acadia National Park
I am gearing up to attempt the Katahdin summit this week. I stopped by Acadia National Park for a few days, pitching my tent in the Bar Harbo[u]r Campground. Upon arrival, I took the Island Explorer, a free shuttle that stops at all the campgrounds and services key points around Mount Desert Island. The Ocean … Continue reading Acadia National Park
Northbound coastal drive: Massachusetts to Maine
It was tough to leave Concord, home to such a ridiculous number of influential C19th authors. Concord has long been recognised for its active participation in U.S. socio-political debate. From the Patriots vs Loyalists to the Confederates vs Unionists, and from the colonial imperative to the Civil Rights and Women's Liberation movements, Concord has seemingly … Continue reading Northbound coastal drive: Massachusetts to Maine
While in Massacusetts, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to visit Concord (of Thoreau's Walden fame) and Salem, the epicentre of the late C17th witch trials, immortalised in Arthur Miller's wonderful, yet tragic play, The Crucible. But of course, once you start digging for literary dirt in this neck of the woods, there is really … Continue reading Literary Ramblings
Exploring the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts
I now have wheels. After picking up my Chevy Cruz from Pittsfield, I took a drive through Western Massachusetts to collect my mail drops from the Dalton and Tyringham post offices. Tyringham town centre consists of a post office, police department and library, all of which have markedly reduced trading hours. So no entry to … Continue reading Exploring the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts