You could say I live a double life of sorts. My primary career ambitions rest within the dizzying but fascinating landscape of foreign affairs, and my other blog–dubbed “Notes on the Periphery“–reflects that passion. While international relations keeps me primarily grounded in policy or academia, my heart is the mountains or canyon country–hiking, backpacking, sightseeing. “Live and Let Hike” focuses on that other life, dedicated to providing detailed trip reports, route information, and maps on various hikes from coast to coast. Particular areas of focus include Capitol Reef National Park (where I worked for four months and hiked every trail/route) and Canyonlands National Park in Utah, the Colorado Rockies, the DC–Maryland–Virginia area, and–now that I live in California–the San Francisco Bay Area.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Andrew Wojtanik is a 29-year-old budding foreign affairs scholar and practitioner but also an avid hiker with an affinity for exploration. Growing up in Kansas and attending college at Georgetown University in DC, Andrew took a break from foreign affairs in 2014 to serve for four months as a seasonal volunteer at Capitol Reef National Park in Utah. Back in the day, he won the national and world “geography bees” and is the author of two books: Afghanistan to Zimbabwe (2005) and The National Geographic Bee Ultimate Fact Book (2012). He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.