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Chris only reviews items that she personally uses, and Chris only posts reviews about items that she loves.


Check out Chris’ favorite products at Amazon

From footwear to water bottles, Chris loves & uses these products herself.

KEEN Women's Targhee II Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot
Gimars 3" 10 Pcs Improved Durable Spring-Loaded Gate Aluminum D Ring Carabiners Clips
Ceptics Travel Adapter Plug Compact Worldwide International Kit
Eagle Creek Pack-it Specter Compression Cube Set
Polar Bottle Insulated Water Bottle 24 oz - 100% BPA-Free Cycling and Sports Water Bottle - Dishwasher & Freezer Safe

Recent Product Reviews

Read about the products & places Chris has reviewed along her walking travels.

Five Fantastic Gifts for Nomads

Five Fantastic Gifts for Nomads

Giving nomads gifts is difficult because they either don’t want things, or don’t have room for things. So what do you do? We’ve got five fantastic gifts for the nomads in your life.

Walking in the Rain, Comfortably and Safely

How to Walk in the Rain Safely Enjoy Walking in the Rain As colder temperatures start returning across the U.S., so will our seasons' precipitation of rain, sleet, snow, and the hundreds of other nouns we use for the wet stuff. Regardless of the wetness, each type of...

How to Take a Free Walking Tour

How to Take a Free Walking Tour

"Free Walking Tours" Explained and Reviewed If you've traveled recently to major cities and you're a walker, you've likely come across the ubiquitous "Free Walking Tour." Although these tours are not necessarily all run by the same company, the business model is...

Purchase Chris’ Books

Retirement on a golf course in Florida? Yawn. Bingo nights? No thanks. Reruns of Gilligan’s Island? Ugh.

Retirement doesn’t have to involve you and a golf course, a bingo blotter, nor a remote control. Retirement can be full of change, excitement, and fascinating new experiences.

You can become an intrepid explorer, a globe-trotting nomad, and an endless adventurer. Eat delicious treats along the Danube, track the Monarch butterfly migration in Mexico, and wander the Scottish highlands. Take language lessons, cooking lessons, dance classes.

Explore ancient and beautiful sites, make friends from all over the world, and bask in balmy temperatures all year round. You can even take cruises, hike the world’s trails, and sleep in castles.

And you can do it without breaking the bank.

This book tells you how with a little love story thrown in.

Buy today so you can start planning your getaway right now!

Travel Magic Postcards: Vignettes from the Walking Traveler

Magic happens when you travel

As the Walking Traveler, Chris has released an ebook. Available on Kindle only (you can download the free app if you don’t have a Kindle.)

Travel Magic Postcards: Vignettes from the Walking Traveler

Travel Magic appears unexpectedly, turning travels’ moments into memories. Wander-lust through these postcards from the Walking Traveler’s round-the-world adventures with the Hubs and the Tween. Read excerpts from trips to Moscow, Machu Picchu, Prague, The Galapagos, Greece, Peru, Iceland, and Germany.

The Best Urban Hikes: Denver

The Best Urban Hikes: Denver

30 great hikes within Denver’s C-470 loop

When all you want to do is lace up your shoes and get on a trail, turn to these urban walks, which take you through 30 local nature areas with many choices that are just a few minutes’ drive from home. Varying from 2-8 miles, these routes are Denver’s best urban hikes. The trail descriptions are supplemented with maps and anecdotes that invite you to explore.

The Best Urban Hikes: Denver

• Easy-to-follow routes along trails and through Denver’s neighborhoods
• Urban hikes for all abilities, with routes ranging from 2 to 8 miles.
• Special coverage of the 9 Creeks Loop, a 42-mile urban hike on Denver’s best trails.

Discovering Denver Parks

Discovering Denver Parks: A Local's Guide

An intimate look at Denver’s many parks

This easy-to-use, informative, and fun guidebook covers the range of what Denver has to offer, from tiny pocket parks to expansive open space, classic park facilities to conservation zones. It even explores destination parks in the foothills just beyond the city. Each park’s listing includes:

• Icons for key features: accessibility, kid-friendly, dog-friendly, views, historic significance, public art, gardens, unpaved trails, paved trails, lakefront, riverfront, spray park/wading pool, horseback riding, and–because it’s Denver–winter sports.

• Notes for other major amenities, such as restrooms, shelters, playgrounds, and more

• Public transportation, driving, and parking directions

• Details on each park’s history and size
History and descriptive highlights such as sledding hills, water features, mountain biking paths, and more

• Ways to extend your park visit with easy add-on walks or bike rides to other nearby parks or attractions

Discovering Denver Parks will keep families, walkers, dog-lovers, and kids of all ages busy with year-round exploration and fun!

Walking Denver's Neighborhoods

Walking Denver's Neighborhoods, 2nd Edition

From Athmar Park to Windsor, Denver’s 78 Neighborhoods

Denver, a great city to walk, has 78 neighborhoods just waiting for you to explore. From the Athmar Park Neighborhood to Windsor Neighborhood, Walking Denver’s Neighborhoods gives you the backstory of each neighborhood, read a bit about its parks, and discover a curated loop for each neighborhood, ranging from 2-5 miles long.

With an interactive map for each neighborhood, you’ll find routes and turn-by-turn directions for walking all 78 neighborhoods.

Organized alphabetically, enjoy Denver from a pedestrian point of view. Each map offers a safe, enjoyable walk through the major landmarks and parks of each neighborhood.

Learn about Denver by foot, get some exercise, and really get to know this fabulous city. With 78 neighborhoods to choose from, walk one or walk them all! Check them off as you walk the entire city and county of Denver.

This is a perfect book to set up as a challenge. Walk one neighborhood a week for more than a year, one neighborhood a day throughout the summer, or one every day until you’re done. No matter how you tackle the book, you’ll experience all that Denver can offer by foot.