Hike of the Week is written by guidebook author and photographer Craig Romano. Visit him online at www.CraigRomano.com
Growing up in rural New Hampshire I fell in love with the natural world. A former Boy Scout, back country ranger in the White Mountain National Forest, and a ski bum in Vermont, the outdoors is my calling! I have traveled extensively, from Alaska to Argentina, Sicily to South Korea, seeking wild and spectacular landscapes. I rank Washington State, my home since 1989, among the most beautiful places on the planet and I have thoroughly hiked it, over 13,000 miles worth from Cape Flattery in the NW to Puffer Butte in the SE; Cape Disappointment in the SW to the Salmo-Priest Wilderness in the NE.
I'm an avid hiker, runner, kayaker, and cyclist, and have written about these passions for over a dozen publications, including; Backpacker, Paddler, Adventures Northwest, Northwest Runner, AMC Outdoors, CityDog, and Northwest Outdoors. Co-creator of Hikeoftheweek.com, author of six books and co-author of two others, I am currently working on a Day Hiking Columbia Gorge and Backpacking Washington, both scheduled for release in the spring 2011; and a Day Hiking Eastern Washington with Rich Landers of the Spokesman-Review scheduled for release in the spring of 2012.
I hold the following degrees; an AA in Forestry from White Mountains Community College (NH); and a BA in history and Masters in Education from the University of Washington. I live with my wife Heather and cats Giuseppe and Scruffy Gray in Skagit County close to the North Cascades and the San Juan Islands.