Many years ago I tried, unsuccessfully, to take the well-beaten path of 9 to 5 and keeping up with the Joneses. I write about that other, unmarked path, the one filled with detours, dead ends, hitchhikers, kitschy roadside attractions, and unexpected destinations.

For most of my adult life, I wandered the planet. In 2018, the path led me home, to the northern Michigan wilderness. And back to the most foreign territory of all: the cultural mindset I fled all those years ago. My writing has begun to shift from travel memoir to my deepening communion with nature. The exploration continues.

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