Being in the outdoors has always come natural to me. When I was just a couple days old I went from the hospital in Presque Isle Maine, into the woods of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway where my parents worked. I live about 60 miles from town until it was time for me to start school. I was fortunate to spend 16 summers and a few winters on the Allagash. Here is where I learned to swim, canoe on lakes and white water, primitive camp, hike, read a compass, snowshoe, cross country ski, snowmobile, live in a cabin without electricy or the modern conveniences of home and overall survive in the wilderness.
Throughout my school years I lived in Millinocket, Maine located at the base of Mt. Katahdin and the end of the Appalachian Trail. Many of my school field trips were based in and around Baxter State Park. During my high school years, summers would find me exploring the lakes and swimming holes around Millinocket. I would drag which ever friend agreed to explore with me. In the winter, I would be cross country skiing, ice fishing or snowmobiling. I was fortunate enough to work three summers at Katahdin Air where I could share my love of the region to the visitors of the area.
After graduating high school I wanted something different so I moved to Nashua, NH to attend college. I missed the outdoors. My second year of college I met my now husband, who shared the same love of the outdoors. It was an important criteria to date me. Many weekends were spent in the White Mountains of New Hampshire hiking or kayaking. We also did a couple trips on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. Along with a few motorcycle camping trips to Prince Edward Island and Upper New York State.
After we married, we chose to live in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire where we could continue to build our careers and also have access to many outdoor activities in our back yard like hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing, camping and cross country skiing.
After the birth of our daughter I wanted her to grow up and experience what the great outdoors has to offer. At just two weeks old we brought her hiking for the first time. We got a few weird looks from people, but I am glad we started her young. A few weeks shy of her second birthday, she hiked her first mountain, Kidder Mountain, not huge, but big for an almost two year old.
Throughout the years our outdoor adventures have been sporadic due to the craziness life brings with school events and building my professional career. Off and on we would make getting outside a priority. We would try to spend spend our summers camping, hiking, canoeing or swimming. In the winter, we would snowshoeing, hiking or cross country skiing.
The last couple years my family and I have really tried to make it a priority to get outside more. Especially continuing to explore the wonderful Monadnock Region that we live in. I would get asked frequently about the trails we hiked, places we camped or day trips taken. That is when I decided to start my facebook page, Getting Lost Together. As my facebook page grew I decided that I needed a place to show case all of our families adventure and a place that people could use as a guide to trails and other outdoor activities in New England that is when I started my Getting Lost Together Website.
In March of 2017 I had completed professional licensure that I needed for my career. I had a little more free time and I found myself lost. I needed a hobby for myself. I had my website and facebook page, but I wanted something more. I had the normal house hold things to take care of and involvement with my daughters activities, but I felt I needed a hobby. I started looking around for a local hiking group and could not find one that suited me. Most of them were in the White Mountains, which I didn’t have time to do. I wanted to start my own, but due to legalities found this difficult. This is when I started doing some research and came across Hike Like a Woman.
They were looking for Ambassadors to help encourage other woman to get out more. I figured I could do that and decided to apply. I did not think I would actually make it, but in July 2017 I got the email that over 200 women applied and I was one of 22 who was chosen. I was more than ecstatic. This opened a lot of doors for me in the outdoor community. The biggest one was I was able to start my own hiking group, Hike Like A Woman Monadnock.
This month celebrates my groups one year anniversary. I have led over 30 groups hikes, am one of the most successful hiking groups through Hike Like a Woman, have led specialized hikes that include children, yoga and cross country skiing. I have some plans for the future with my hiking group and expanding my love of the outdoors. Through my website I hope to continue to encourage people to get outside and feeling comfortable being there, especially women and children.
I hope you continue to follow my journey, join me on a hike or find a trail that is right for you. Please remember if you ever have any questions or would like to reach out to me, I can always be contacted through the form below.