A Midwest Xennial, I spent my latch-key-kid years with either my nose in book, a pencil in my hand, or wandering the woods behind my house. Today, that love of storytelling and my passion for the outdoors remain strong. By sharing my experiences, I feed those interests while giving fellow explorers ideas for creating their own adventures. Speaking of adventures, my husband and I are on a quest to explore all of the U.S. national parks—we’ve hit ¾ of them since 2008. When we’re not pursuing that goal, we’re usually making tracks on a hiking or biking trail close to home. After we hit the trials, we enjoy replacing those calories by supporting local breweries. Cheers!