Hiking makes me happy.
When trying to get to the trailhead is one of the most challenging parts of the backpacking trip…
I’m afraid of: Getting hurt. Animals. My gear not working properly. Discovering that I don’t know how to work my gear properly. Forgetting something. Getting lost. Creepy people. Being cold. And the list goes on–people’s fears of what might happen on a backpacking trip are numerous and varied, especially when you’re new to this hobby. … Read more
I’ve been hearing about, and seeing gorgeous pictures from Hocking Hills, Ohio on Facebook and Instagram for the last few years, and over this year’s spring break, finally got to see what all the fuss was about. I talked my husband into a hiking vacation, and reserved an Airbnb in Athens, Ohio for a few… Read more
I teach English and social studies online and in person, working with students as young as 7th grade, through early college. I also work as a freelance writer with experience writing for newspapers and magazines. In the last couple of years, I have become active with a hiking group, attending and leading group trips throughout Michigan, focusing on beginning backpacking skills.
My parents encouraged a love of nature from the time I was a small child; pontoon rides on Houghton Lake, fishing from the dock, and collecting fossils along the shore. We cross-country skied and snowmobiled in the winter, and sailed Lake Michigan in the summer. My love of hiking and backpacking comes from my desire to explore all of Michigan’s beauty, and escape the humdrum of everyday life.