I led my first back country trip at the age of 17. It was a two-week canoe trip leading seven Girl Scouts into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Minnesota and the adjoining Quetico Provincial Park in Canada. It was June. It was cold. It rained every day, sometimes all day. There were bugs, numerous portages, and an encounter with a black bear. It was an amazing trip. I've had many other wonderful and meaningful experiences in the outdoors since then. And I've learned it's not necessary to journey into the outback to be deeply connected with the natural world because 'wilderness' is everywhere. It's nearby in a local park, in a back yard.
I do have extensive outdoor experience including hiking, camping, trail running, backpacking, canoeing, skiing, snowshoeing and more. But that's not where my head is nowadays. If you want to go fast, I'm not a good fit. If you want to go slow: get close with nature and develop deep connections, please explore this website and sign up below to get on the Connect to Wilderness mailing list.
Here is a little more about my qualifications. Maine Master Naturalist, Certified Interpretive Guide, Volunteer leader Maine Chapter Appalachian Mountain Club for over a decade. Current in Advanced Wilderness First Aid Certification. Wilderness Education Association Graduate. I am also president of the Maine Wilderness Guides Organization.
I also have many years of experience supporting protection of our nation's natural resources. You can find out more about it by reading about me in Portland Magazine's November 2019 issue about the 10 Most Intriguing People in Maine.