Kirk Ward Robinson
My heart's in
the Highlands, my heart is not here, My heart's in the Highlands, a-chasing the
A-chasing the wild deer, and following the roe, My heart's in the Highlands, wherever I go.
To all the sensual world proclaim, One crowded hour of glorious life, Is worth an age without a name.
Sir Walter Scott
When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.
Kirk Ward Robinson has traveled throughout North America and Europe--and now New Zealand--and has lived in every continental American time zone. He is an avid hiker, bicyclist, and outdoorsman. He has seen the aurora borealis above the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, found petroglyphs in remote Arizona canyons, thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail twice, section-hiked portions of the Pacific Crest Trail, crossed the Pyrenees and the Alps on foot, and has bicycled thousands of miles across regions of the United States, Europe, and New Zealand. Robinson has worked as a chief operating officer, bookstore manager, database manager, stagehand, bicycle mechanic, and executive director of an educational non-profit organization in cooperation with the National Park Service.
It was after a hike through the Scottish Highlands in 1998 that Robinson first combined history and backcountry into his travel narratives. His account of that experience, Scotland Wha Hae, is included in his book Hiking Through History. Kirkus Discoveries says that "Robinson writes with a wonderful feel for character and setting. His supple prose mixes nuanced psychological realism with hauntingly evoked landscapes." Kirkus Reviews adds that Robinson "braids a deep reading of [history] with his bright observations; the author's curiosity and aptitude for history would make him a good road companion." Robinson's book Life in Continuum was selected by Kirkus as one of the Best of 2012.
As an outdoorsman, Robinson practices and advocates Leave No Trace backcountry ethics. He spent two years working at Denali National Park in Alaska, and another two years working at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona / Utah, learning topics as varied as the behavior of the grizzly bear (Ursus arctos) to the geology of the Colorado Plateau. He observed first-hand the often selfless dedication of public lands managers in the United States—the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Forest Service—and how they struggle to conserve and protect America’s special places. Their story will be told in Founding Conservation, the final book in Robinson’s Founding Trilogy.
Robinson lives and works on a small farm in the hills of Tennessee.
© 2009, Kirk Ward Robinson