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Best backpacking trails in all 50 states

Photo of Preacher Rock, Georgia. ©2017 www.jeffryanauthor.com

Inspiring destinations to stoke your hiking dream factory If you’re like me, you’re always on the lookout for new places to hike. But maybe you don’t know where to begin. Here are my suggestions for the best backpacking trails in every state. (Unless otherwise noted, photos were taken by the author — ©2021 www.JeffRyanAuthor.com.) Alabama […]

5 Reasons Why Autumn Hiking is Astounding

It’s Insect-Free. Gone are the gnats, mosquitos and other pests that can keep you swatting and itching in warmer months. It’s Comfortable. There’s nothing like hiking in cool temperatures and sleeping soundly through crisp autumn nights. It’s easy to keep food fresh. Cheese, meat and other perishable foods stay fresher and last longer. I often […]

Better than We Found It — Four Things We Can Do To Keep Our Trails Beautiful

Photo of Appalachian Trail in Duncannon, PA. @2018 www.JeffRyanAuthor.com

Some thoughts as spring, hiking season and Earth Day converge  The world is blessed with hundreds of thousands of miles of walking trails. One estimate is there are over 70,000 miles of long-distance hiking trails in America alone. The popularity of trails —be they urban, rural or wilderness — is a wonderful thing. Many of […]

Author Jeffrey Ryan to present at Iowa City Book Festival

Honored to be chosen as a presenter at this year’s Iowa City Book Festival. The Iowa City Book Festival is organized by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature. Iowa City is one of just 20 Cities of Literature in the world. The Iowa City Book Festival celebrates books and writing by leveraging the unique […]

Where does great writing come from?

The difference between good writing and great writing has nothing to do with the neural pathway between your head and the keyboard. Great writing begins where all worthwhile journeys begin — in your heart. A case in point is the story of one Edward “Ted” Hall. Ted Hall grew up in Red Wing, Minnesota. He […]

A Watershed Moment

Quetico Sunset

Yesterday I was driving across eastern Canada on my way to begin researching my third book. The last few days I had been transitioning into the northern forest mindset I needed to embrace to make this book come alive. A thousand mile drive allows ample moments for musing, even more so when your route takes […]