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.
the sound of snow
-15 makes styrofoam snow
me and Dvorak love public transit
beginner ice climber goes up
skate ski as metaphor
a bitterly cold day reminds me to savor the moment
just a walk to work
Every day an adventure on Saint Paul’s streets
wild river afternoon
A solo late winter snowshoe in Wild Rover State Park introduces surprises in myriad foot prints.
Armand Bayou bliss
A convergence of ecosystems amidst a concrete jungle.
honk if you love silence
one woman’s brave attempt to create a tranquil neighborhood
Creatures of the C2C
The sounds of the Northern English countryside are new to my ears.
song of the sea caves
On the northwestern tip of Wisconsin, where a peninsula of land like a unmanageable hair swirl juts into Lake Superior, twenty-two islands form an archipelago. Named the “Apostle Islands” by someone approximating their number, these bits of land are smothered in white pine and balsam fir, though below is ancient rock from the Precambrian period made up nearly entirely of red sandstone. What happens to sandstone after centuries of wave action, freezing, and thawing? They’re…
Thru-hike prep with visual aids
In Silent-Film-style, the Blissful Hiker sets the “alicoop” and finally crawls in for a little shut eye.
TA audio narrative: who is this “blissful hiker” you speak of?
I love being a DJ, but wanted to experience a thru-hike before it was too late.
TA audio narrative: Does orange make my butt look fat?
It’s said that people fear public speaking – and looking ridiculous – more than death.
TA audio narrative: no outcomes backpacking
If you arrive at a final destination, it’s a sign that you’ve set your sights too low.
TA audio narrative: suddenly D-day
After 36 hours of travel, I arrived in New Zealand and started hiking right away.
TA audio narrative: the start
The start of the Te Araroa is a trial of sand, wind, rain and mud, but it’s worth it.