Mind the Moss is a free weekly newsletter about strange yet beautiful hikes in New England’s wild lands, cities, and the places in between. It’s a guide for unconventional hiking—an irreverent primer on how to go for a ramble beyond the usual hiking venues.
WHO WRITES THIS?
Yo! Miles Howard here. I’m a journalist and author writing about outdoor and urban recreation—and how to make both more accessible to people. My reporting has been published in National Geographic, The Boston Globe, VICE, The Washington Post, and Southwest: The Magazine. I also researched and co-wrote Moon New England Hiking (2020) and my next book is the forthcoming Moon New England Road Trip (2021).
WHY NEW ENGLAND?
New England is my home. It’s positively rustling with weird natural wonders, unsavory characters, and forgotten folklore and history. Many of these things can be discovered by finding and following trails less traveled: into the woods, across cities and towns, and often, to the literal land’s end. My approach to hiking has rarely involved traveling vast distances, at great expense. I prefer to dig deeper, locally, and see what I find.
HOW MUCH DOES A SUBSCRIPTION COST?
A free subscription includes two newsletters per month. A paid subscription of either $5 per month or $50 for a year includes at least four newsletters each month, as well as access to a full online archive of trail directions, stories, and special features. Paid subscribers can also receive one-on-one New England trail suggestions and advice.
HOW CAN I SUPPORT MIND THE MOSS?
Every paid subscription allows me to spend more time writing about curious trails and natural oddities across New England—not to mention, paid subscriptions will fuel the newsletter’s evolution, expanding its scope of features. But spreading the word helps as well! By sending a newsletter to a friend, or sharing a post on social media, you’re putting Mind the Moss in front of more eyeballs. In the digital market, that’s vital.