On the Trail with Darcy and Lizzy: Hawk Mountain and The Pinnacle

At this point in Darcy and Elizabeth’s Boots & Backpacks hike, readers get to meet a couple of important characters: Marianne Dashwood and Christopher Brandon! They both work at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, the world’s oldest educational and scientific organization dedicated … Read More

On the Trail with Darcy and Lizzy: Eastern Pennsylvania

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In our last installment, we left Elizabeth and Darcy hiking out of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, and thus leaving behind amenities like campgrounds and privies. The Appalachian Trail in eastern Pennsylvania follows long, flat, rocky ridges broken by climbs … Read More

On the Trail with Darcy and Lizzy: Delaware Water Gap (part 2)

Welcome to another edition of On the Trail with D&L, where I share pictures of the sights featured in Boots & Backpacks. We left our backpacking duo in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area on the New Jersey side of … Read More

On the trail with Darcy and Lizzy: Delaware Water Gap (part 1)

This is the first in a series of posts highlighting the various places Darcy and Elizabeth saw during their hike in Boots & Backpacks. I’ve had people tell me that the Appalachian Trail is almost another character in the story. I … Read More

The Boots & Backpacks map: the importance of setting in a journey story

Why, yes, I did make a map to show the route Darcy and Elizabeth travel. In a journey story, the setting is particularly important, and when a setting is as well-known as the Appalachian Trail, you had better get your … Read More

October milestones for the Appalachian Trail

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Way back when I had the idea to set a modern Pride and Prejudice story on the Appalachian Trail, I didn’t know how much the setting would shape the story and the characters. But that’s what the Appalachian Trail does: … Read More

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