The Botanical Hiker is about to set a new record, but she’s more interested in edible plants

Heather Houskeeper, known online as “The Botanical Hiker” is hoping to bring people closer to nature. Photo: The Botanical Hiker

Heather Houskeeper, 32, is looking to become the first person to ever hike New York’s Finger Lakes Trail and all of its branches in one fell swoop.

The trek is a grueling 860 miles that will take her over two weeks, and in the process, she’s hoping to bring hiking back to its roots — more specifically, its edible roots.

“My main reason for doing this...

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