I am a happily married gal from Southwestern Illinois. I love the outdoors, hiking, camping, related gear, music, writing, pretending to know how to take photos, travel, good food, Moscow Mules, family and my dogs. I am a brand affiliate for Montem, a Mountain Chicks Ambassador for the Midwest chapter, and a representative for Gear Forward! I come here a few times a month to organize my pictures, thoughts, stories and future plans; be it a weekend trip to a state park or preparing our section hikes along the AT (2017) and a thruhike of the JMT (2019). We have a 1996 Ford E-150 Clubwagon we have rigged into a camper and travel van!