Get to know me a little more.

I was born in a barn one starry night.

Growing up on a small farm in rural Western USA, I read so much that taking books from me was my punishment.

 

"But I confess they would have no charms for me—I should infinitely prefer a book.”

-Mary Bennet, Pride & Prejudice    

I still consider that a punishment.

Despite or maybe because of my rural upbringing, my youth was a collection of funny accomplishments and skills. 

speech and debate state champion and 2x national qualifier | national honor society | honors student | student council and student body "Head Girl "| Cecily Cardew in the dramatization of "The Importance of Being Earnest "| track athlete | all-girls' choir | key club | piano, trumpet, and French horn player | national Western clogging champion (aged 11 yrs) | majorette | 4H blue ribbon rabbit showwoman | the fastest typist (142 wpm in my prime) in middle school and high school | babysitter of a current NASA scientist | director of the middle school plays | I memorized all major USA zip codes while working at my hometown amusement park.

The summer after I graduated from high school, I worked at a rafting company to my parents' chagrin.

My life dramatically altered its course.

I fell in love with the river and became a river guide.

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I adventured.

I even lived in a van down by the river.

That's me on the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River, rowing solo on an18' boat through Lava Falls Rapid.

I moved to a tiny ski town, population 600, with a BA in English Literature*.

 

Even though I loved skiing, it was a hard winter. It snowed 300 inches. The sun didn't hit the valley floor until almost 11 am. I began a book club, but it petered out.

I swore I would never come back.

 

 

*SIgma Tau Delta English Honor Society member

image of molas pass

Never say...you know.

I started an adventure outfitter company the following fall in that tiny ski town. 

I was 23 years old. 

And then I hustled.

Marketing and copy, web design, customer service, bookkeeping, transportation, equipment maintenance.

 

You name it, I did it. I worked hard and learned as I went.

I was the general contractor, owner, and manager of a 
new restaurant. I started a second adventure outfitter company. 

 

I successfully lobbied in Congress with Trout Unlimited. I was the president of our local chamber of commerce, among many other volunteer efforts. I started a second bookclub, The Ladies Athenaeum.

 

I cleaned National Forest Service pit toilets. I managed a rum distillery.

 

But most importantly...

I became a mom

one starry night.

PS. I was not born in a barn.