I’m a would-be runner, an Oxford graduate, a lapsed gamer girl, a standardized test prep boss. I grew up in a solidly middle-class family in the rural Midwest, and spent my youth reading, nerding, acting, and wandering the long road we lived on, usually accompanied by dogs. Moving a lot in my youth – for my parents’ work, to see family, after the divorce – endowed me with a chronic case of “itchy feet” syndrome, and as such, I’ve lived in six different US states and four different countries in the last ten years. I’m a child of the recession and a child of the “post-racial” age; I’m the daughter of an unmistakably brown mother and a father whose “Negro” label on his birth certificate seems at odds with the whiteness of his skin. While the present makes us, the past molds us, and as an anthropologist by training, these varying contexts, how all of us, as individuals, are subject to them and, in certain times and places, masters of them– it’s all fascinating to me.
Having traveled extensively, and being deeply into migration, it only took a bit of exposure – an experienced long-distance backpacker as a Special Gentleman Friend, the Colorado screening of “Embrace the Brutality“, and the Annual Day Zero Pacific Crest Trail Kickoff – to sell me on long-distance backpacking. Many months of guidebook reading, forum lurking, trail event-attending, gear buying, and shakedown backpacking later, I made it through my first thruhike – the 485-mile Colorado Trail. I was certainly underprepared in some ways, overprepared in others, but I’m still kind of in shock that I had the audacity to attempt such a thing, such an utterly human and ostensibly normal thing, to put one foot in front of the other, for hundreds – now, thousands – of miles.
Having thruhiked the Pacific Crest Trail as well – and now thoroughly hooked on the long-distance hiking life – I’m available for public speaking engagements and writing assignments to support further hiking-and-writing endeavors. Inquire on the Contact page for more information.