Earl Swift visits the Blue Ridge Parkway's Afton Overlook, elevation 2,054 feet, with the Rockfish Valley sprawling below. Photo: Amy and Jackson Smith

The accidental environmentalist: Author Earl Swift could go on about the ravages of climate change. But really, he’d rather be hiking.

Earl Swift is the author of seven books, including the urgent and poignant Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island. It was named a best book of 2018 by NPR, The Washington Post, Outside, Bloomberg, and Smithsonian, among others, and recently won a Reed Environmental Writing Award from the Southern Environmental […]