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Hello everyone, I’m Mary, the newest Friendly Planet blogger

Me paddling in the Florida Keys

Greetings Friendly Planeteers! I’m Mary Burnham, travel writer, kayak guide, book author, and now, the newest Friendly Planet blogger.

I’ve written about travel topics and trends for all types of publications, and I’m very excited to get started and blog for Friendly Planet. I’ll share with you the hottest new travel destinations, the latest gadgets and gizmos, and tips for planning your next adventure.

For the last 15 years, my husband, Bill, and I have combined our love of travel, adventure, writing, and photography into a career. We write and travel, and write about our travels.

We specialize in hiking, paddling, and off-the-beaten-path travel, from kayaking the length of the Florida Keys, biking inn to inn over the Blue Ridge mountains, to hiking the Albanian Alps.

We’ve published eight books, including “Hiking Virginia” and “The Florida Keys Paddling Atlas,” both National Outdoor Book Award winners. Between writing, we guide kayak trips on the Eastern Shore of Virginia spring through fall, while winter finds us in the Florida Keys. Our personal favorite trip — the 100-mile paddle from Key Largo to Key West.

I want to thank Peggy Goldman for inviting me to become part of her fantastic organization, and more importantly, her wonderful blog. So let’s start our conversation. What would you like to know more about? Don’t hesitate to e-mail me and I won’t hesitate to tell you everything I know about traveling.

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