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Onur and me

Hi! I'm Melissa and that's my husband, Onur. In my heart, I’m an explorer. I’m curious about the world around me and passionate about helping people get outside. To that end, I love sharing what you will see and experience on a hike. I’m also an aspiring photographer and strive to capture a hike’s personality out on the trail.

I am the author of Moon 75 Great Hikes Seattle. Currently, I’m writing about hiking in the Bay Area for Modern Hiker and am a member of the Society of American Travel Writers. Before moving to the Bay Area, I was a Hiking Guide Correspondent and Contributor to the Washington Trails Association. You can sign up to receive Adventure posts below and follow my hiking adventures on IG @melissaozbek. Email me at Thank you for stopping by!