The Writings and Travels of

Kirk Ward Robinson

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My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here, My heart's in the Highlands, a-chasing the deer;
A-chasing the wild deer, and following the roe, My heart's in the Highlands, wherever I go.

Robert Burns

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.

Clifton Fadiman


Dog Sledding Denali National ParkBicycling Arizona to TexasAppalachian Trail 2001 - Maine / New Hampshire LineCol LaCroix - France - Hautes Alpes Bicycling Natchez Trace ParkwayMonument at Cannae, Italy


Kirk Ward Robinson writes from experience in multiple genres. He has traveled throughout North America and Europe—circumnavigating the globe along the way—and has lived in every continental American time zone. As an avid hiker, bicyclist, and outdoorsman, Robinson has witnessed numerous natural wonders, from the aurora borealis above Denali in Alaska to the Southern Cross above Aoraki in New Zealand. He has discovered 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, New Zealand, and South Korea. In his varied career, Robinson has worked as a chief operating officer, bookstore manager, stagehand, bicycle mechanic, and executive director of an educational non-profit organization in cooperation with the National Park Service. 

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.” His book, Life in Continuum, was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012.

Robinson lives and works on a small ancestral farm in the hills of Tennessee.








Arctic Circle, Alaska

Robert the Bruce Monument - Bannockburn, Scotland Thousand Pockets - ArizonaParia River - Arizona Near Lees FerryPacific Crest Trail - Mojave Desert

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