An adventurous gal born and raised in Orange County with childhood weekends spent in the Sierras. I truly live for exploring the outdoors. No matter the time of year, you can find me hiking, camping, backpacking, snow skiing or trail running IN STYLE. I personally have discovered the true healing power of nature and I am INSPIRING other women to seek beauty and adventure in the OUTDOORS. Whether it is your first time hiking or you are an avid backpacker, I hope I can, through this blog, encourage you to find strength, confidence and BEAUTY within yourself. I look forward to sharing my stories, experiences and knowledge with you!

Below are 10 random facts about me: 

 I was born and raised in Orange County, California but spent 10 years away from home after graduating high school. I have lived in Santa Barbara, the Dutch Caribbean, Kansas City, Chicago, Connecticut, Baltimore, Louisiana, Tennessee, Tanzania, Italy and India. I have settled back in Orange County, Ca. although my heart will always remain in Tanzania. 

I LOVE burritos. Everyone that knows me is very aware I can eat a one-pound chicken burrito (no cheese) in under 10 minutes. In fact, I have no desire to eat chicken, except in a burrito (and sometimes a taco). After every hike, you can guarantee I am searching for places to get a burrito.

 I had a llama named Sierra Nevada while growing up. I have been spit on more times than I can count.

My uncle taught my brother and I how to fly fish when we were children. As an adult, I do not enjoy any type of fishing. (I hate it when the fish are wiggling around with the hook stuck in their mouth…gross).

 I started hiking, camping, and backpacking at a very young age and I am convinced I acquired the “adventure gene” from my dear uncle John, whom I adore.  

When I was in second grade, I was stuck in the largest hurricane to ever hit Hawaii. My family and I were stuck in a shelter with no electricity or running water for five days. My mom got in a physical altercation in the food line because the woman in front of her tried to steal our food. (Go mom).

 I am OBSESSED with sparkling water. The best on the market is Perrier grapefruit.

 I have my advanced open water PADI scuba certification and I try to go on one big dive trip a year.

 I am an amazing cook (no humility here) and will spend hours in the kitchen for anyone who wants to eat.

 I am deathly allergic to all dairy since birth. (Almond, cashew, soy, date and coconut milk, YES please)

Hope to see you in the wild, 

- Kristen 

"Seeking Inner and Outer Beauty in the Wild"