Growing up in the town of Warwick, NY, which is now recognized as an Appalachian Trail Community, Mary knew little of backpacking. Although she had never carried a pack or hiked more than seven miles at any length of time, the idea of hiking long-distance trails was an intriguing notion, and a challenge that she relished.Two days after graduating college and turning down two job offers at distinguished graphic design studios, Mary stepped foot on her first long-distance footpath: the Appalachian Trail. Nearly ten years later, she's hiked four long-distance trails: the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide Trails, in addition to New Zealand's Te Araroa.
Mary's a self-proclaimed mountain girl, drawn to the adventures one finds outdoors, especially along trails that meander thousands of miles through forest and over mountains. Now residing in the Pacific Northwest, Mary spends her time working for an independently-owned Patagonia retailer, in addition to writing about all the miles she's walked. Having published a book about hiking the Continental Divide Trail in 2011, titled Married to the Trail, Mary hopes to continue writing books about long-distance hiking. "If I could write and hike for the remainder of my life, that would be a dream come true."
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