About Hiker at Heart:


I’m a self proclaimed hiker at heart.  Hiker at heart you might ask, what do you mean ? Are you a real hiker ? Well certainly I am, anyone can be.  But my job in the medical field is demanding and time-consuming, preventing me from escaping the fast pace life in the city to go be outdoors and hit the trails as much as I would like.  Instead, I spend most of my time day dreaming about my next adventure, and researching trips and trails to add to my ever-growing bucket list.  I get out hiking whenever possible and every vacation I get is spent taking awesome adventures in the outdoors.

I’m not a thru hiker or a gear guru. I’m not a wilderness survivalist or ultralight, high-mile hiker.  But I am a Hiker at Heart.  I dream hiking and make the most of every moment I’m granted to spend in nature.   Does this sounds like you ?  Join me and check out some totally manageable trips, tips and trails and see that you too can enjoy the marvels and wonders that being outdoors can bring you, even if it’s just for an afternoon, day or a weekend. Adventure can be found everywhere if you know where to look for it.  Anytime is a great time for an adventure.


About Me:


I grew up in rural Nova Scotia, Canada. My parents brought me up to have a profound appreciation and love for nature and provided me with ample opportunity to experience the outdoors. Having done a lot of my schooling all over Canada, I got to enjoy much of the diverse Canadian landscapes-  from the dense forests, to the rocky mountains, to the oceans and endless lakes.  After graduation from college, I moved to Detroit, Michigan for work. As much as I love to travel to different countries, I’ve also discovered the amazing adventures that can be had right here in our own back yard.  I love hiking, backpacking, canoeing, mountain biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.  I don’t mind carrying a few extra pounds to enjoy a good glass of wine with a great back-country meal at the end of a long hiking day.

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20 thoughts

  1. Enjoyed reading about your adventures and the pictures are amazing. Continue writing and hiking and I will continue following.


    1. Congratulations Glynis………….a great page/. article. Look forward to following your adventures….really impressive!!


    1. Costa Rica is absolutely beautiful. I had the pleasure of visiting there last November and fell in love as well. It is somewhere I will definitely be going back to. What is your favorite spot in Costa Rica? Have you done much hiking there ?


  2. Glynis, Thanks for getting back to me. In terms of what is our favorite spot in Costa Rica, we have too many to list but for some memorable moments, staying at Arenal Lodge in a room with a panoramic window and watching the lava flow overnight is unique. Flying through the air on a very high and very long zip line near the hot springs.at Tabacon we won’t soon forget. Whitewater rafting on the Class III / IV Naranjo river in Manuel Antonio, Quepos is a challenge for even experienced paddlers. This river drops steeply from the coastal mountain range above Quepos through a beautiful jungle gorge and takes you on a wild ride to sea level passing nearby farmlands and palm plantations. If you always aim for the back seat on a roller coaster and welcome the challenge and excitement of big waves, hydraulics, and stunning scenery, then this whitewater rafting trip is not to be missed! These are just three example…there are many more! Brian


  3. Glynis, you asked if we had done much hiking in Costa Rica and for memorable hiking adventures, I would recommend the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, considered the most well known cloud forest in the world for its wide variety of biodiversity, important conservation contributions and scientific research and not to be missed, Manuel Antonio, with certainly one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica (rated among the top ten in the world). The beach is a half mile long, perfect white sand crescent bordered by deep green mangroves and palms. The park abounds with wildlife and in a days visit it is possible to see three-toed sloths agoutis, paccaries armadillos, pisotes, coatimundis, raccoons, iguanas, white faced, howler and the endangered squirrel monkey. If you bring a bunch of bananas with you, you just might make friends with a howler monkey family. Brian


  4. Dear Glynis, great site and pics. Would you be willing to share the original of this photo file with me? franconiaridgesummitpano.jpg
    I am creating a collage of the Franconia Ridge for my son who just completed his NH48 on Flume and I want to use your photo as the background and paste summit images of him all over it. Thanks, Ray


  5. Hello Glynis, I found your blog while researching my adventure to the Red River Gorge in KY. I love reading about your trail tales and seeing the beautiful pictures of the places you have visited around the world. Thank you for sharing your honest opinions, and God Bless!


    1. Thank you for your kind words. I have so much fun writing about my travels. I hope you find the posts helpful ! When are you heading to the Red River Gorge? That place is truly one of my favorites. Let me know if want any insight on the trails there 🙂


      1. The post are definitely helpful and inspiring, I went June 8-12 and had a blast! I had to really push myself to overcome my fear of falling down Indian Staircase the first day. After that I my adventurous spirit took over and we conquered Cloudsplitter (including the cave), Half Moon, Hanson’s Point, Chimney Rock, and Skybridge. We even ate at Miguels Pizza, complete with a shower 🙂 I look forward to my next adventure (Hopefully Sedona, AZ) and would go back to RRG anytime. Let me know if you have any suggestions for Adventures in Texas! Thanks again, Ryan


      2. You hit up all the best spots in the Gorge. I can’t wait to the RRG again soon. Sedona is one of my favorite places on earth! I’ve never been to texas. You’ll have to let me know what adventures you find there 🙂


  6. I’m so glad I found this blog! It’s beautiful and super informative! I’m in Detroit and have a very similar hiking mindset. I just added most of your Michigan and Ontario hikes to my bucket list. Keep up the great work!


  7. I wanted to let you know that your purple backpack (and shirt) are most wonderful. I came across your page while looking up Hoist Lakes, a place my dad and I went on my early backpacking trips when I was probably sub-10. You and I have definitely ranged far beyond there, but maybe I’ll go back sometime. 🙂 Happy trails!


  8. Just read your post on the exact trip I have planned for Wild Basin Wilderness. Really hoping I am able to land a permit for backcountry camping. Your post has turned my excitement level up a notch and am now am even more anxious for June to get here.

    Look forward to reading more of your posts and adventures.

    Thank you!
    Jared A.


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