Day 4: Hiking from Montenegro to Albania

border marker

I awoke with the sun on the fourth day of the Peaks of the Balkans hike. Exhausted from the previous day, I lay in bed in my Plav hotel room until just after 6 a.m., […]

Day 3: Hiking from Kosovo to Montenegro

Peaks of the Balkans waymark

As we drove from the village of Drelaj toward Leqinat, the starting point for the third day of the Peaks of the Balkans trek, my heart sunk a bit. We were rolling over rough dirt […]

Day 2 of the Peaks of the Balkans Trek

village view

It didn’t take long for things to get tougher on the Peaks of the Balkans trek! I woke up around 6:30 a.m. on the second day, with breakfast scheduled for 7:30 a.m. and a departure […]

Day 1 of the Peaks of the Balkans Trek

road to Reka Alleges

It wasn’t long after we departed Peja before the scenery became dramatic. The four wheel drive carrying me and my guide, Mentor, carefully navigated winding roads surrounded by green mountains until suddenly, we came to […]

I’m Running the NYC Marathon for Charity!

Chicago marathon

When I ran my first marathon back in 2008, I raised money for the American Cancer Society and trained with their training program. I did so because I felt like I needed the support of […]

Taking the Train from California to Chicago

Amtrak train

After taking the train across Russia in 2011 and most of the way across Kazakhstan in 2012, I added another train trip high on my “to do” list – crossing half of the United States, […]