Photo credit: Lindsey Newman
I'm a native Seattleite, who grew up spending a lot of time in the San Juan Islands. As a child, I fell in love with nature counting sea stars on reefs and watching seals pop above the water. I went to Fairhaven College at Western Washington University, where I got credit for traveling in Mexico, volunteering on permaculture homesteads, and researching Mayan ruins. I discovered backpacking in college on a wilderness extension program in Northern California, spending two weeks at a time on the trail and living out of bear canisters.
In a flurry of travel after college, I started blogging about eating tapas in Spain, hiking to temples in Thailand, volunteering on farms in Italy, making jewelry in Peru, teaching English in South Korea, and soaking in hot springs in Bolivia. After living overseas for a year in a place with small mountains, I missed the big peaks and wild backcountry of the Pacific Northwest and moved back to Seattle in 2012.
Since then, I've become an avid hiker, gardener, beekeeper, and compost nerd. When not outside, I work as a writer and editor at a tech marketing agency. I'm thrilled to share my forthcoming guidebook, Hiking Washington's Fire Lookouts, coming out in May 2018 by Mountaineers Books.