My love of travel and passion for volunteering has lead me to nearly every continent on earth, but I still haven’t scratched the surface. The more I learn, the more I realize what I don’t know, and my curiosity drives me to explore new places and experiences.
As a photographer, my desire to capture unique images of our natural world stems from my experience as an educator. Everything I want to share has an educational component embedded within – it is both who I am and how I see the world. Teaching photography to children is pure joy.
My husband and I have been traveling, working, and volunteering across North America – adventuring through over 50 national parks, monuments, rivers, and lake/seashores, and volunteering on organic farms from Maine to Hawaii. My favorite days are when I’m up before dawn watching the sunrise from a mountain we summited or watching the sunset from a remote island to which we paddled.
Combined with an M.S. in
Educational Leadership from Miami University (OH), I have over 20 years
of experience working as a social and environmental justice educator. To complement this experience, I recently completed a Certificate in Environmental Education from North Carolina.
The road beckoned. We restored a 1957 vintage camper trailer and left behind the life we'd built for ourselves. What began as a sabbatical from promising careers, a comfortable home, and a strong community transformed into a more sustainable lifestyle of travel, adventure, seasonal employment, and volunteering.
Our tiny home on wheels, a 1957 “canned-ham” Sportcraft camper trailer, embodies the freedom of travel and the spirit of the open road. Painted as he is with a big purple door and red trim, Hamlet gets smiles, thumbs up, and comments everywhere we go. We’ve given enough impromptu tours to fill up our tank more than once if we’d only charged a nickel.
Shari purchased him on Ebay, somewhat on a whim, after a very challenging day at work in 2010. She realized that she needed a change in her life, a drastic one. While Hutch was hesitant to set aside the beautiful community we called home, he couldn’t ignore his own restlessness and desire for the horizon. That impulsive bid launched an 18 month countdown of busy preparations. Our evenings and weekends along with blood, sweat, and tears transformed our new purchase into a livable space as we downsized from 1,650 square feet into 72. By September 2012, we were ready to quit our big boy and big girl university jobs, leave our home in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and hit the road. We haven't looked back!
As a freelance writer, outdoor instructor and environmental educator, I have worked in a variety of settings from colleges and universities to adventure outfitters.
I write at the intersection of personal adventure and larger environmental issues with the hope to both inform and inspire others to engage and explore wild places. With so much of my life spent in educational settings, teaching is at the heart of what I do, no matter where I may find myself in a given season.
I recently completed a Certificate in Environmental Education from the state of North Carolina which compliments my M.S. in Educational Leadership from Miami University (OH). But I remain a happily underemployed English major who just admires a well constructed sentence.
I enjoy all forms of paddling, hiking, biking and many other outdoor activities, but am happiest when in whitewater. Along with my wife, Shari, I have explored many of our national parks and public spaces in our renovated, vintage travel trailer, we call home. We have worked in Acadia and North Cascades National Parks as well as volunteered on many organic farms, in addition to leading kayaking and adventure tours.