Travel

Team Dirk and Danielle: Backpacker National Park Scouts

Earlier this year, adventure junkie and National Geographic Germany explorer Dirk Rohrbach and I applied as a team for Backpacker magazine’s job of National Park Scouts, noted as the “Best Job Ever” in the initial job announcement. The application asked for a link to my portfolio, but to share more background on the two of us, I linked to a (now-deleted) page with the below content instead. The job went to another great team, but Dirk and I each have big plans for new adventures this year. Stay tuned :).

Oh good, you found our page full of extra information on Team Dirk and Danielle. How clever/resourceful/sneaky of us :). If you just want to review some of my published work like you probably thought you’d find when you clicked on this link, click on “Clips” at the top of this page. But if you have a few minutes, Dirk Rohrbach and I wanted to take the opportunity to further detail our qualifications for this position and explain why we would make the best team of National Park Scouts for the Best Job Ever (uh, yeah — we agree). Continue reading

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My cheap travel resolution for 2015

Two weeks ago while walking away from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Boston, I saw a young woman standing in a median who reminded me of me. While hundreds of other people around her walked by in a rush to get back home and out of the cold, she stood there quietly, looking in her Lonely Planet guidebook and pondering her next move.

Her clothes and shoes looked European in fashion, and she wore a large backpack like you often see on travelers in hostels. She was alone, and had I been from the area or at least known it a little better, I probably would have asked if she needed any help. I often travel solo and have many times depended on the kindness of strangers to find my way around or get local advice on somewhere to go, so I know the value of a friendly person in unfamiliar territory. As it was, I wouldn’t have been any help to this person in this place, but I realized she represented an opportunity to incorporate travel into my daily life. Continue reading

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Just arrived in South Dakota!

On my last trip to South Dakota, I met up with my friend Van (far left), who came to the U.S. from Vietnam for a summer and got a job as a hotel housekeeper near Mount Rushmore. She and her roommates were pretty over the attraction of the monument by the time I arrived in late July, but I was absolutely thrilled to be there. "These are MY presidents!" I kept exclaiming. "This is MY mountain!"

On my last trip to South Dakota, I met up with my friend Van (far left), who came to the U.S. from Vietnam for a summer and got a job as a hotel housekeeper near Mount Rushmore. She and her roommates were pretty over the attraction of the monument by the time I arrived in late July, but I was absolutely thrilled to be there. “These are MY presidents!” I kept exclaiming. “This is MY mountain!”

A few months ago, I received a totally out-of-the-blue email from a PR person representing the secretary of tourism for South Dakota, and she said that he would be traveling to D.C. and wanted to meet with me. Since the other editors of Parks & Recreation Magazine departed last year, one change I’ve tried to make in the magazine is to give more even coverage of park and recreation departments across the nation. For example, we cover northern Virginia and New York City and California parks all the time, but I can’t remember a single article we’ve done on a park in Arkansas since I started. South Dakota has also been poorly covered, so I jumped at the chance to meet with this guy and talk about some possibilities. Continue reading

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Enjoying timber construction and fine wine in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

Originally posted on TimberHomeNation.com on January 7, 2011.

A few months ago, while on a short trip to the Roanoke Valley in southwestern Virginia, I took the opportunity to visit Chateau Morrisette Winery, located in Floyd, Virginia, between mile markers 171 and 172 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I knew this well-respected establishment at least included a timber-frame structure in its operations; what I didn’t realize was that the winery’s entire production facility and hospitality center were housed in one of the largest salvaged timber-frame structures in the United States. Continue reading

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