What gets you out of bed in the morning these days?
There has never been a more galvanizing time to work in the advocacy space. Even though DC is pretty intense right now, there is so much energy among the outdoor community to take action and protect public lands that it’s a really rewarding time to be working at Outdoor Alliance.
Current source of inspiration?
Last spring, I traveled to Utah to visit Grand-Staircase Escalante, which as you probably know has been greatly reduced as a National Monument. It was so vast, so beautiful, and so remote, and I can’t stop thinking about it.
What is helping you keep it together? Any saving routines?
For the last few months, I’ve been walking the 5 miles to and from work more often. It’s a really peaceful time for me to decompress before and after my (hectic) days, and my husband often walks with me, which gives us time to have long and meandering conversations.
If you’ve ever been profoundly changed by a landscape, which one, and why?
I spent my summers growing up in the Stanislaus National Forest in California, and it’s still the most special place in the world to me. It was the first place I went when I finished cancer treatments in high school, it’s where I got engaged, and it’s pretty much been my true north since I was 10 or 11.
If you had $300 to spend in the Wylder shop, what would you spend it on?
Favorite brand in the Wylder shop?
I was psyched to see Danner among Wylder brands, since it’s such a stamp of approval. I’ve had their boots on my wishlist for a while.
What are you planting in your garden this summer?
It’s a joke among my family that I have a black thumb. I basically kill any plant that crosses my doorway, even plants that are apparently impossible to kill (money trees wither with a single glance). I like to think of plants as slightly more expensive, slightly longer lasting cut flowers.
What's at the top of your spotify, ‘recently played?’ Or, favorite current music?
I am pretty obsessed with Jake Xerxes Fussell right now – bluegrass for the NPR listener type.
Are you an activist? If so, what are you fighting for and why?
To me, activism is the natural outgrowth of caring about something and thus being willing to take action to protect it. I spend my days advocating to protect public lands, and to protect our joint ownership of them as Americans. I have also been involved in DC’s campaign to pass Paid Family Leave!
What’s on your summer bucket list right now?
Last summer, I was 8 months pregnant and had the worst wanderlust since I wasn’t allowed to fly. This summer, I’m psyched to take my baby boy to Tuolumne Meadows in my beloved Sierras, camping in the Dolly Sods wilderness in West Virginia, hiking in Shenandoah National Park, and hopefully to the White Mountains in New Hampshire, as well. I can’t wait to share my love of sleeping under the stars and long, sweaty summer hikes with him.