Who we are

I’m Deanna Keahey, and I created Uphill Zen to share information about travel and adventure through this website, books, and other avenues.

Our website address is: https://uphillzen.com.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your Gravatar profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Contact form

If you use the contact form, you enter your name, e-mail address and the text of your inquiry. That information is used to communicate your question to us, and the reply back to you.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


This site uses Google Analytics to collect information on site usage. This provides statistics on site usage, and helps us understand how people use the site so that we can continue to improve it. Google Analytics uses cookies in this process. The Google privacy policy is here: https://policies.google.com/privacy


This site may use cookies in order to provide customized advertising tailored for you.


If you sign up to our mailing list, or to receive automated e-mails when a new post or comment is published, then your name and e-mail are stored, along with the date you signed up and the method you used.

Who we share your data with

Google Analytics data is handled by Google. Mailing list information is handled by GetResponse, the company that handles our e-mail processing. Their privacy policy is here: https://www.getresponse.com/legal/privacy-us

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so future visitors can benefit from the conversation.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. Information entered on the Contact Us form is sent to a site administrator along with your inquiry.