Thanks for visiting! My name is Danielle Phillippi (formerly Danielle Taylor), and I’m a freelance outdoor and adventure journalist. My passions for parks and public lands, outdoor recreation, conservation, travel, wildlife, geography, global cultures, Appalachia, history and related topics guide my work as a storyteller and my adventures as a human being, and my career as a magazine editor, freelance journalist and marketing professional has given me the privilege to explore our incredible world and write about more intriguing people, places and ideas than I can remember. At last count, my travels have taken me to 17 countries and six territories on five continents, plus all 50 American states, and I’m always looking for my next assignment and adventure.
I use this site to connect with readers who are interested in the topics I like to cover as well as editors who may be interested in working together. If you’d like to check out my portfolio of published articles, click on Clips. If you’re interested in working with me, take a look at my Resume, Testimonials and Contact pages as well. Otherwise, if you check in regularly (or better yet, subscribe using the button to the right), you’ll see blog posts about my travels and observations, links to new articles I’ve published, photos I’ve taken in my journeys, tidbits of intriguing information I learn in my research, and updates on stories I’m following as well as where I’m going as a writer and a traveler. And unless I’m the subject of the photo or I’ve said otherwise in a caption, all photos you see on this site are my own.
In Edward Abbey’s Desert Solitaire (which I highly recommend), the author writes: “A venturesome minority will always be eager to set off on their own, and no obstacles should be placed in their path; let them take risks, for godsake, let them get lost, sunburnt, stranded, drowned, eaten by bears, buried alive under avalanches — that is the right and privilege of any free American.” I’ve always identified with this line, as I honestly wouldn’t mind getting lost, stranded or buried alive under avalanches — and I actually think any of those experiences could make for a great story.