Audio Narrative and “Visual-Audio” essays document impressions for an immersive experience, almost like a conversation. Consequently, the listener becomes a participant in the act of discovery, the decision-making and the myriad emotions activated by long distance walking. Thanks to John Reamer and Associates for their generous support in the making of the Te Araroa essays and Peeps of the PCT series.

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The owner of Laguna Mountain Lodge & Store gives us good rules to live by: lighten up and be nice.
As we enter a new phase of the pandemic – and Blissful recovers – let's look back to the beginning.
Bonita is the friendly innkeeper at the Silver Pines, a very accommodating hotel for backpackers.
Historic Silver Pines Lodge has seen its share of "Hiker Trash," but the innkeeper says it's enriching.
Bob is the caretaker at one of the oddest places along the PCT.
It's a long 18-mile stretch in desert to Hiker Town, one of the oddest places I slept along the PCT.
Casey Cox started his company after waiting, cold and hungry, his thumb out for a ride that never came.
I didn't always find soulful campsites on the Te Araroa.
We suffer thru-hiking for the transcendent, and appreciate it more because of our suffering.
I met Joshua on Flat Iron Ridge in Lassen National Park building a fire break with hand tools.
Judy met a guy with a much lighter tent while hiking the Appalachian Trail and it was not a "coffin" but rather, a palace. That just pissed her off, so she went designed her own ultralight palace.
The need for a lighter tent that wasn't a "coffin" led Judy Gross to design and make her own.
Melinda and Henry planned to hike the PCT from south to north, but came across deep snow and dangerous river crossings in the Sierra, so flipped up north to Washington and headed south to meet the spot where they left off.
It takes courage to change directions mid-stream.
He was the youngest solo thru-hiker on the PCT, but still couldn't finish the pancakes.
Taking a walk in early spring and thinking about the coming limits to our freedom to move.
Rounded edges of 1950's cars appear like faces crowding the lot on a summer's eve.
Home is a good place, especially when you have love, memories and hobbies surrounding you.
Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have. Margaret Mead
The chorus of birds on both the Te Araroa and the Pacific Crest Trail were glorious. Hear them for yourself!
Thank God I have seen an orange sky with purple clouds. How easy it is to forget that we have
About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most
Walking is also an ambulation of mind.Gretel Ehrlich Today I'll present my first talk about my epic hikes. I was’re the author of your own story, honey, so take your time telling it. revise. revise, and revise some more.
Wherever we travel to, the wonderful people we meet become our family.Lailah Gifty Akita Last night I had vivid dreams
As I prepare for the CDT, I look back to the start of the Pacific Crest Trail and advice to
One Thursday in spring, bluebells explode into a sea of color like a holy shrine at Carley State Park, MN.
The volume’s turned up on muddy trails at Minnesota's William O’Brien State Park and my ears open to the music
Instead of desperately missing the things you can't do, it's better to enjoy what's right in front of you.
When talking about the islands of New Zealand, you say "in" the island, not "on" because they're huge.
I hitched around Lake Wakatipu then hiked an Alpine pass on the Routeburn Trail in rain.
The saying goes that in the North Island, you get dirty and in the South, you wash.