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Hello! My name is Riley. I like to consider myself a professional nomad, living somewhere new every six months. I have a passion for traveling the world, especially visiting America’s national parks. When I’m not traveling or planning my next adventure, my other interests include TV and movies, books, and journaling. But most likely, I’m planning a trip I have no plans to go on anytime soon but will save for some day.
I grew up in Florida, hating every minute of the heat and humidity. My family took a trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2011, and that’s where I had my epiphany moment. I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the outdoors. I attended Florida State University, where I earned Bachelors Degrees in Environmental Studies and Geography, and completed internships in Oklahoma, Alaska, and Delaware for various organizations revolving around the outdoors.
In 2016, I got my first “big girl job” in South Dakota, finally working for the National Park Service. I promoted the national parks to local youth and park visitors and loved every minute of it. Next, I returned to Alaska, where my heart has truly been since my first visit in 2013. Currently, I spend about 50% of my time living in the Great White North. The other 50%? Mostly it’s a game of “we’ll see what happens” but typically I’m traveling or spending time with my family in Florida. That’s about it for now – the rest is yet to come.
My goal with this blog is to get more people outdoors by providing the knowledge, confidence, and interest necessary for you to get moving. Simultaneously, I hope that my insights regarding all of my travels can aid other like-minded travelers. It’s also a great way to keep my family and friends in the loop on where I am and what I’m up to. All opinions are my own and do not reflect those of the U.S. Department of the Interior or the National Park Service.