2,321.1 miles!

Last year was a good year for me on the trail! I ended up amassing more than 2300 running and hiking miles which included some pretty memorable experiences. While I got hit with Covid (who hasn’t at this point?) in May, I thankfully was able to recover fairly fast and get back on the trail.…

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Three Great Outdoors Books—that I didn’t write!

Christmas is almost here. Last night of Hanukkah and Boxing Day closing in closely behind. If you celebrate Orthodox Christmas you have some time! So, if you are still looking for some good gift ideas for the hikers and outdoorspeople in your life, may I suggest these three great new books? The Disabled Hiker’s Guide…

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Happy Halloween! Looking for a hiking haunt to set the mood?

Thank the Ancient Celts for giving us this holiday—Irish and Scottish immigrants for bringing it to America—and Madison Avenue for helping to make it so bloody commercial! What used to be day of general mischief, scary tales, and warding off evil spirits has since been replaced with an excuse for adults to tap into an…

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Want Peace and Quiet at the Grand Canyon? Be Part of the One Percent!

With more than 5 million annual visitors, the Grand Canyon is our 4th most visited national park. And if you’ve ever experienced the grandeur of this amazing landmark, it’s not hard to understand why. Folks come from all over the country and world to see this stunning geological feature on the Colorado Plateau. The canyon…

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351.6 Miles Hiked and Run and More than $11,000 Raised

It was my most successful Hike-a-thon, ever! Wow! I am still catching up on my rest and trying to catch up with my work after an amazing August. Since 2012 I have participated in the Washington Trails Association’s annual Hike-a-thon as a way to have a little fun and help give back to the trails…

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Bug bites bite! But they don’t have to itch!

If you’re like me you probably just grudgingly accept that part of being in the great outdoors is sharing it with a slew of annoying and biting insects. I detest insect repellents (I don’t like applying toxic substances to my body and I hate being sticky afterward),so I try my hardest not to use them—which…

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Not Your Typical Guidebook

Nice review of Hiking Washington’s History, which I co-authored with Judy Bentley in the Cascadia Daily News. If you love history and hiking, and want to get so  much more out of your hikes in the Evergreen State, then this book should be in your pack. And if you don’t get out on the trail…

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2,285.8 miles!

  While Covid-19 ebbed and flowed and then raged on, 2021 wasn’t too bad of a year for me when it came to running and hiking! The year started out rough as I battled some heath issues that turned out to be an auto-immune condition called Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR). Years of stress and anxiety at…

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Romano’s battle with PMR Featured in Seattle Times

In February of 2021 I was diagnosed with Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR), an auto-immune disease. I am determined to put it into remission and keep living an active lifestyle including hiking more than 2,000 miles a year and participating in 50K trail running events. Terry Wood of the Seattle Times wrote a feature on how I…

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My most successful Hike-a-thon ever!

350.9 Miles Hiked and More than $10,200 Raised It was my successful Hike-a-thon, ever! Wow! I am still catching up on my rest and trying to catch up with my work after an amazing August. Since 2012 I have participated in the Washington Trails Association’s annual Hike-a-thon as a way to have a little fun…

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