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 weather is wild in New Zealand ranging from hot days to storms with gale force winds.
In New Zealand, thousands of huts in the back country provide shelter for trampers.
New Zealand's North Island is slightly longer and more varied than the South on the Te Araroa.
The most important lesson I learned is if the weather is good, keep moving.
Blissful hangs up her hiking shoes for a paddle on the Whanganui River.
Good weather and good friends add up to one of the best birthdays in memory.
Rain is a constant companion on the Te Araroa causing anxiety until I learned to accept it.
I just happened to be passing through Auckland at Thanksgiving and have a lot to be grateful for.
There is a lot of magic on a thru-hike when we have faith and juts let it happen.
The birds, people, and sound of my feet through water, mud and sand were the hiking conversation.
The start of the Te Araroa is a trial of sand, wind, rain and mud, but it's worth it.
After 36 hours of travel, I arrived in New Zealand and started hiking right away.
If you arrive at a final destination, it’s a sign that you’ve set your sights too low.
It's said that people fear public speaking - and looking ridiculous - more than death.
I love being a DJ, but wanted to experience a thru-hike before it was too late.
In Silent-Film-style, the Blissful Hiker sets the "alicoop" and finally crawls in for a little shut eye.
On the northwestern tip of Wisconsin, where a peninsula of land like a unmanageable hair swirl juts into Lake Superior,
A convergence of ecosystems amidst a concrete jungle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeAOUGtbeiI
A solo late winter snowshoe in Wild Rover State Park introduces surprises in myriad foot prints.