Monthly Archives: September 2015

Dear Grace… Hiking Big Slide on 9.24.15

On August 27th, I climbed my first two Adirondack High Peaks and am officially smitten with these mountains. I’ve been hiking for twenty years but had only tackled smaller mountains until this summer. As we head into October, I’ve climbed nine of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks and loved these days too much to let them […]

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The Seventh Wish

My next novel, coming out in June, is one that’s awfully close to my heart. The story opens with a morning of magical ice flowers like the ones I love to see on Lake Champlain and uses that magic to explore something that many families are afraid to talk about with kids – addiction. I […]

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46 High Peaks: Algonquin & Iroquois 9.18.15

When I climbed Wright Peak a few weeks ago, I’d looked up at Algonquin in the distance and felt a little intimidated. It was tall. And I was already pretty tuckered out on its lower neighbor. But with a couple more climbs under my belt and a gorgeous, sunny day ahead, I decided to give […]

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46 High Peaks: Phelps and Tabletop 9.11.15

I took advantage of a beautiful September Friday to hike my fifth and sixth Adirondack High Peaks, Phelps and Tabletop.I signed in at the Adirondack Loj trailhead at 8:25am and started the hike with an easy and pretty 2.1 mile walk through the woods to Marcy Dam.       After Marcy Dam, the trail to Phelps […]

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46 High Peaks: Esther Mountain 9.7.15

I tackled my first trailless Adirondack High Peak today! Esther Mountain is one that I’ve seen on the drive to Lake Placid hundreds of times, but somehow, I never paid it much attention with its busier neighbor, Whiteface, right there to the left.   One thing I’ve learned from reading guide books & others’ trip […]

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46 High Peaks: Wright Peak 9/3/15

After hiking Cascade and Porter last week, I wanted to try a “next step” High Peak, and the friendly, smart people on the Aspiring 46ers Facebook group suggested that Phelps, Wright, or Big Slide might be good options. My friend Sandy and I settled on Wright and set out on the trail after lunch yesterday, hoping […]

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Ranger in Time – New books for the 2015-2016 school year!

First of all, a huge thank you to everyone who’s read and shared the first two books in my Ranger in Time series with Scholastic, about a time-traveling golden retriever who’s trained in search and rescue techniques. RANGER IN TIME: RESCUE ON THE OREGON TRAIL and RANGER IN TIME: DANGER IN ANCIENT ROME have the series […]

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46 High Peaks: Cascade & Porter 8.27.15

Each New Year’s Eve, my family tapes a big sheet of paper to the sliding glass doors in the living room with the words “In (year), I want to…” at the top. Throughout the night, we all add things to the list. Some are personal goals. Some are hopes. Some are small joys. There are […]

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