Getting outside has always been what drives me. When I was little growing up in Nashville, Tn, this drive came in a handful of forms, and even now there is no one reason why I get outside. Today, I balance my time between hitting the river to fish, getting on the water to put in some miles on my paddle board, going for a trail run, heading out to hike a new area with or without marked trails, and even spending the day climbing at the crag. There is always something to do, and on rainy days and during the evenings, I use my time to tie flies, write, read, or plan out the next adventure. I work at a local outdoor shop, which is where I met Ethan. This summer we will be hiking Mexico to Canada along the CDT.

What’s your spirit animal?

I am going to have to say a mouse.

If you could be a superhero, who would you be and why?

In the classical realm of superheroes I would have to say anyone dealing with water. Since I’m a child of the 90’s, I would have to say Buffy The Vampire Slayer, but only on the superhero level not on a personality level. I enjoy her strength, determination, bravery, and overall sacrifice to saving the world, her friends, and her family. Maybe I should have mentioned this in the funky fact (guilty pleasure) section.

What is your favorite band OR who is your favorite artist?

Hmm, I’m not sure. I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts recently, does that count?

Favorite meal?

OH boy, my favorite meal changes all of the time, but the food that I could probably eat at any moment of any day would be a guacamole taco from a local Nashville spot called Baja Burrito, a basket of chips, and a fruit tea.

Proudest moment?

All of the times that I have set out to do something challenging and completed it are very proud moments for me, but I think that the moment that even surpasses those is the moment I went home with Milo, my adventure pup, from the Humane Association. Every day, every adventure, and every moment since then when I am with him or even thinking about him, I feel incredibly proud and grateful.

Anything funky you want to share with everyone

The first thing that comes to mind is how big of a bug nerd I am, specifically aquatic insects. I rarely can hike by a river, creek, or seep without stopping to turn over rocks and flip through piles of dead leaves. I also carry a book with me everywhere I go and take excessive notes.