VIA Contributors

Behind every VIA article there's an intrepid reporter risking sunburn on an exotic Tahitian cruise, indigestion on San Francisco's best food tours, and over-exfoliation in the West Coast's most relaxing spas. These are the men and women who lived to tell the tale.

Paul McHugh

Although his love of the outdoors was developed in the flatlands of the Everglades and the Florida Keys, Paul McHugh had no difficulty suggesting snowy, mountainous places to take kids in "Sierra Snow Play." Ski mountaineering and sea kayaking (he won a surf kayak world championship with Team USA in 1988) are among his passions. Currently the outdoor editor for The San Francisco Chronicle, Paul is also the editor of Wild Places, a book about North American journeys, and author of The Search for Goodbye-to-Rains.