Both hiking and writing serve a similar function for me; escape. In writing I can un-tether my mind from the day-to-day mundanity and/or insanity and drift off into alternate worlds. Hiking allows me much the same freedoms, only I can take my body along for the ride. So, considering the strong thematic link, in only makes sense that I host the “Trail Blog” alongside my fictional work.
Please note that in addition to Matt the Dinosaur, I am always accompanied by another human who has asked to remain invisible. Though an eight inch plastic tyrannosaur is a welcome companion on any trek, in the event of emergency, their tiny two-fingered fore-legs are pretty ineffectual. Never go hiking alone.