This blog is about my academic journey and my outdoor adventures. I seems to be that rare or weird bird – a Black woman who enjoys hiking, canoeing, cycling and skiing. These things make me happy. A PhD was the perfect way to combine my love of the outdoors and to get out of my mid-life funk. My research is on ‘why are Black people afraid of the woods?’

Jacqueline L. Scott is a PhD student at the University of Toronto, OISE, in the department of Social Justice Education.

She is a hike leader with two outdoors clubs. Jacqueline leads Black History Walks in Toronto.  She is the author of travel and adventure books, from a Black perspective:

50 Places: A Black History Travel Guide of London

Heartbeats in Africa: A memoir of travel and love.

Sailing on a Half Moon