A blog about a hike across Scotland (and possibly other things)


I am David Brown, a writer living in Baltimore.  From 1991 to 2013 I was a science reporter at The Washington Post, writing about medicine, public health, epidemiology and the life sciences, and occasionally about history and art.  I am also a physician trained in internal medicine who worked as a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine until July 2014.  I am a native of Framingham, Massachusetts, and a graduate of Amherst College.

Should you want to learn a little bit more, I direct your attention to the post “Pat Russell,” which is the last one in “Scotland 2” and can also be found here.



  1. John Schwartz

    David, it’s John, your fellow post Postie and science department alumnus. I just read your wonderful piece in the WaPo about hiking with Will, who is apparently no longer six years old. Imagine my surprise! It was a wonderful, meditative, funny damn story, and I feel like a better person for having read it. Also, none of my kids will ever hike with me, for reasons of obligation, distance or sloth, so you are one lucky guy.

  2. David Brown

    Dear David, I am a global health professional who followed your WP work. I am trying to get in touch with you but unable to find a current email address. I hope to hear from you. Best, David Brown, Cornelius, NC

  3. John Bloomfield

    Hi David: I represent a new coalition called the Horseshoe Crab Recovery Coalition, formed to protect the crab along the Atlantic Coast and restore its numbers to their historic levels before populations crashed in the 1990s. If you are interested in writing about the coalition’s work, please see our news release:


  4. Bill O’Brian

    Hi, David. Just a quick hello and Happy New Year from a former Post colleague. I’ve wondered occasionally over the past decade what you have been up to — and today, as I stumbled on this site, I got my full answer. The site looks great. I’ve never been to Scotland, but I hope to visit sometime, once the pandemic recedes. Before I go, I’ll definitely make sure to re-consult this site closely. Email me, if you’re inclined. Maybe we can get a cup of coffee one of these days.

  5. Bill O’Brian

    PS to the above: I learned of your site at the end of your wonderful Post story about the Adirondacks of New York state: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/canoe-adirondacks-saranac-lakes/2021/01/07/c8d4aaf2-34da-11eb-a997-1f4c53d2a747_story.html
    Great story, fabulous photos.

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