Escape Artists

We’re Not Just Guides, We’re Escape Artists

Our goal is to creatively help people escape from the chaos and stress of everyday life and appreciate the natural and cultural beauty of our region. This task is an art form like painting or poetry – one must always work to master his/her craft.

Our Escape Artist guides not only come with a variety of backgrounds, amazing skill sets and dedication, but we also strive to continually educate ourselves on everything there is to know about the region.  We pride ourselves on providing first-class service as we escort you through the most magnificent highlights of our region and impart our knowledge of the local culture, history, industry, agriculture, cuisine, wines, microbrews and sustainability. Many of our guides are ecologists, marine biologists or have taught natural history both in the field and in the classroom. Depending on your tailor made itinerary, we will match you with a guide that we feel best fits your destination, interest and activity. Sound like your dream job?  We’re hiring!  

The Team Behind the Scenes

JAKE HAUPERTPresident & Founder

A Pacific Northwest native, Jake is the Founder of Evergreen Escapes, which he started in 2006. Jake graduated from Southern Oregon University with a degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management and was recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as a ‘Top 40 Under 40 Business Leader in 2014.’ He has a penchant for innovation, tenacious ambition, unquenchable entrepreneurial spirit, and genuine personality. An avid outdoorsman and a responsible and active traveler, Jake has turned his passion for the transformational power of travel into his life’s work. Even his closest friends cannot decipher when he is working or playing.

 

JEFF PIETKA –  Portland General Manager, Lead Escape Artist

Born and raised in Portland, OR, when Jeff studied International Affairs and Geography in Washington, D.C. he had an eye on working in the foreign service – being a naturalist and tour leader was nowhere on his map. But upon graduation, his father asked: “So, what was the most important thing you learned back East?” And after a moment’s contemplation, he replied: “That I belong back West.” Travel became a central theme in Jeff’s life, and he learned quickly that a good guide can make or break a traveler’s experience. Inspired by his own travel experiences with guides both skilled and dubious, he started his interpretive guiding career in Southeast Alaska in 2004, and branched out year by year, working in the Pacific Northwest, then Mexico’s Baja Peninsula and British Columbia. Jeff is a National Association of Interpretation Certified Interpretive Guide, and learned from some of the best around as an Interpretive Ranger at Glacier Bay National Park in ’09 and ’10. After seven years guiding at all latitudes from 30 to 60 degrees North latitude, he returned to his roots in Portland – smack in the middle at 45 North – where he is prepared to put the places that are nearest and dearest to him on center stage and make them shine for you.

ERIC KOCAJA– Director, Business Operations

After growing up in almost every part of the mid-west, I spent one summer in Colorado and knew instantly that I find comfort, peace, and inspiration in the mountains. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 2002 (go Badgers!), I immediately headed west and landed in Seattle which I am proud to call home. I am continuously amazed by the endless bounty this region of the world has to offer. I’ve been kayaking, climbing, hiking, mountaineering, birding, sailing, backcountry skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing – and I haven’t made a dent in the list of places to experience and enjoy. Having started at EverGreen Escapes in early 2012, I am excited to be surrounded by people who share the excitement of exploration and the passion to share this incredible part of the world with others.

KELSEY IVEYSenior Sales Manager

Trail to terroir, Kelsey is a buzz for the bountiful Pacific Northwest. Growing up in Olympia, Washington along the shores of the Puget Sound and evergreen forests of the Cascades Mountains, she learned to love the outdoors at an early age. From her parent’s backpack as a babe to donning her own, Kelsey summited her first mountain at age 11 and then continued to explore the region one hike at a time. Yet while earning her B.A. in Journalism at the University Oregon, she fell head over hiking boots for a new taste of adventure, wine and travel. From her first glass of bubbly in northern Italy to the wild vineyards and varietals of Cape Town, South Africa and rich, savory Pinot Noirs of Oregon, Kelsey loves to share the grape story and the people behind it. When not in the vineyards or forests, Kelsey spends most of her time freelance writing or training for her next half marathon.

ERIC RUPPDirector, Tour Operations 

A broad range of talents combined with an unwavering desire to explore have taken Eric all over the planet and resulted in a delightfully abstract resume.  Having recently completed a two year walk-about through Asia and South America, Eric can now add Director of a university to a list of vocations that includes missile propulsion design in California, bartending in Greece, stone construction in Spain, and designing landmark structures in Seattle, WA.  That same love of exploration has resulted in Eric leading trips everywhere from up the mountains and volcanoes of Washington and Oregon, to grand kayaking adventures in the US and Canada.   A lover of the outdoors, from deserts to rainforests, one of the few things Eric loves more than biking, hiking, paddling and climbing is sharing it all with others.

KIRSTEN GARDNER – International Programs Manager

Kirsten found her way to Seattle in 2010 after several years working in the fly fishing industry for a Pittsburgh-based travel company.  Traveling to Slovenia every year to fish was a dream, but time spent kayaking and hiking through Alaska’s Tongass National Forest and watching Mt. Rainier turn pink with alpenglow convinced her that the west coast was indeed the best coast. So she sold her things, packed her car and embarked on the Great American Road Trip to Seattle where she quickly fell in love and found her soul in the wilderness of the Olympic and Cascade ranges. Kirsten has degrees in Anthropology and History and spent several years designing and leading trekking and eco-tours throughout South America, experiences she draws upon as one of the directors of Evergreen Escapes International Programs.   When not in the field with Evergreen she spends her time off the grid on climbing trips through the North Cascades and British Columbia, mountain biking, backpacking or introducing urban youth to the great outdoors as a volunteer with the Seattle Inner City Outings Program. Kirsten also has a green thumb and strives each summer to grow an abundance of tomatoes in her garden despite the challenges of Seattle’s slightly wetter climate.

Danny Schneider – Seattle General Manager

Danny Schneider, Seattle General ManagerDanny grew up in Wisconsin where he received his degree in Recreation Resource Management and Forestry at the University of Wisconsin. He spent time in the US Forest Service as a firefighter and recreation services specialist before becoming a Certified Interpretative Guide to share his love of the outdoors with others. He has traveled across the western US, working as a river guide in the Desert Southwest and a sea kayaking guide in the Pacific Northwest. For the past three years, Danny has guided tours for Evergreen Escapes in Washington and led big game tours in Montana. He’s excited to bring his many years of guiding experience to lead tour operations and guide training at the Seattle Base Camp. When he’s not at work, you can find Danny taking in a sunset at Alki Beach or kayaking in the San Juan Islands.

Melissa Chiella – San Francisco General Manager, Lead Escape Artist

Melissa Chiella - San Francisco Basecamp ManagerMelissa was born and raised in New York and studied Business and Constitutional Law. She had every intention of being an attorney before visiting Paris on a short trip in 2009. After her trip she knew what she wanted: to see more of the world, marvel in its beauty, and share it with others. In 2010 she followed her heart, took a deep breath, and said goodbye to the legal field after eight years of working in NYC law firms as a paralegal. Trading in her high heels, fancy suits, and subway passes, she ventured into the great outdoors to become a tour leader!

Over the past seven years, Melissa hasn’t looked back once as she’s led cross-country camping, hiking, and interpretive small group tours through more than 26 states and 30 national parks. The mountains, ocean waters, and charming neighborhoods of the Bay Area have always had a special place in her heart, and she’s feeling pretty lucky to call the area home after many years on the road. As a lover of the outdoors you can find her hiking to the summit of 19,000 ft. peaks, kayaking, skiing, or traveling off the beaten path. In her new role at Evergreen Escapes she hopes to convey her one true love – outdoor exploration!

Seamus HoggSeamus Hogg – Marketing Manager

Seamus grew up in Chicago but spent many of the weekends of his youth exploring the lakes and trails (and later microbrews) of Wisconsin with his family. Unforgettable trips to Europe, Japan, China, Costa Rica, Peru, and throughout the US, inspired him to apply his marketing experience in the travel industry. He completed a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Tourism at The George Washington University and spent a summer guiding backpacking trips in Bolivia and a winter/spring in Greenland working with the national tourism board. After living in Washington, DC for four years, he decided that he needed a change of Washington, and headed west to Seattle. When he’s not working you can find him hiking to mountain lakes, running along the Sound, perfecting his cold brew coffee, planning his next trip, or searching for a new favorite restaurant for cheap eats.

MICHAEL BENNETT Founder & Chief Adventure Officer, Muddy Shoe Adventures

Michael Bennett - Muddy Shoe AdventuresMichael is a traveler, adventurer, writer, photographer, and life and career coach who has spent the past 20 years exploring the world. His desire to bring more passion, purpose, and meaning to his work led him to go on a personal journey of self-exploration and discovery, which ultimately inspired him to launch Muddy Shoe Adventures, a transformational travel company and an Evergreen Escapes partner for facilitated team adventures and retreats.

Michael’s background includes a combined 5 years in higher education administration at The Pennsylvania College of Optometry and at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business & Management, where he worked as the Director of Organizational Effectiveness & Continuous Quality Improvement. Michael also spent 5+ years leading Personal & Professional Development Programs for the Los Angeles Universal Preschool as the Senior Organizational Development Consultant. Michael earned his BS in International Marketing from the University of Delaware, his Global MBA from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business & Management, and his Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Education & Psychology. Michael’s doctoral research combined his passions for adventure travel, personal development, and experiential learning, and explored the critical elements of an adventure travel experience that contribute to transformational learning in adults.

Michael has spent extended time in Costa Rica and Denmark, and has traveled to over 30 countries in total. When he is not traveling and/or working on MSA, Michael can be found coaching clients, enjoying the outdoors, watching sports, or reading Scandinavian crime novels.


Base Camp Seattle

JEFF CARTER–  Escape Artist

Born overseas (in Spain), I caught the travel bug early on in life.  I’ve traveled around the world, lived for two years in Niger, Africa (as a Peace Corps volunteer), and continue to explore as often as possible. I grew up in Delaware, New York, and Pennsylvania, lived in Michigan (while earning a graduate degree and working in environmental education) and moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1999.  Since then, I’ve worked as a seasonal sea kayak guide in the San Juan Islands and outreach specialist in salmon recovery and marine resources.  I’ve hiked, skied, biked, and paddled throughout the Northwest and enjoy sharing my knowledge of this beautiful area with others.

 

PENNY ROSE–  Escape Artist

I was fortunate enough to be born into my vocation – literally.  I was born as the daughter of a ranger in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, and my formative years were spent living in a State Park in Pennsylvania.  I have turned my childhood wanderings through the woods into a full time job at the largest park in the City of Seattle – Discovery Park.  I have spent several years leading programs in the meadow, beach, forest, or wetlands for children of all ages (2 to 92) in Seattle’s crown jewel park – allowing visitors to discover their own joy in nature.  While my natural history knowledge is extensive and well-rounded from the intertidal zone to creatures of the night, my first passion is birds.  As a Master Birder I have led trips throughout Washington State.  An ideal birding trip with me is the chance for everyone to see a diversity of species, discover something new about bird habitats, and perhaps “get” a life bird or two!

MARTIN WENTZEL– Escape Artist

As a native of the Pacific Northwest, Marty has long enjoyed exploring the waterways and mountains of the Puget Sound region.  He attended the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, earning a BA in Liberal Arts in 2000.  His love of working in the outdoors has brought him to many exciting new frontiers including; Colorado’s Rocky mountains as a chair lift operator, and the rivers and lakes of Washington while working for the Department of Fish and Wildlife.  Marty spent 10 years living on Hawaii’s Big Island, where he began his career as a naturalist guide.  He lead bike rides and hiking tours through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, guiding groups within feet of active lava surface flows of Kilauea volcano. Marty’s travel adventures have brought him to the beaches and jungles of Thailand, and the pristine wilderness of Alaska.  But his most exciting adventure of all began on New Years day of 2011 when he welcomed his first daughter Milan into the world.  Returning to the Pacific Northwest, Marty is in his element leading tours of the gems of Cascadia and is excited to share his love of his home. In his free time Marty enjoys spending time with his family, making Thai food and teaching his daughter how to play soccer and skateboard.

SHAWNA SHERMAN Escape Artist, Team Building Facilitator

Early in life Shawna could be found in the fields, woods, or knee-deep in Maine tidal pools checking out wandering sea life. After growing up, she wandered four continents and settled in Washington State twelve years ago. Shawna is most at home wherever nature is. Her fondest interests include exploring the wonders of volcanoes, rain shadows, and tall trees, as well as creating fresh local cuisine and stretching out in yoga class. Her degrees are from Wellesley College and the University of Washington. Shawna’s studies included those having to do with people, business, and the environment and with that she brings a passion for sharing Washington’s truly unique, natural places.

ANGIE SIPE Escape Artist

I was born and raised in Seattle and developed a love for the outdoors at an early age, especially while on outings to Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens. I moved to a small town in Alaska during high school and fell in love with the natural beauty and recreation opportunities. I joined the Army where my love of travel began while stationed in Germany. My first career as an airplane mechanic lasted about 20 years. During that time I worked for Boeing and then back up to Alaska to work for small companies that flew tourists and climbers up to Denali, occasionally having to fix an airplane on one of the glaciers (very cool spot to work)! In the summer of 2007 I decided to take a break from wrenching and was a hiking guide full time in Denali State Park. I was hooked and decided I wanted my second career to be in outdoor recreation. I moved back to Seattle, got my B.S. in Parks and Recreation Management, and worked for two summers as a Park Ranger at Olympic National Park before discovering Evergreen Escapes. I continue to travel at every opportunity and take advantage of the hiking, biking, and kayaking that is everywhere in the beautiful Pacific Northwest!

Natasha LozanoffEscape Artist

Natasha LozonoffI was fortunate to grow up in Hawaii.  It was here where I developed my passion for exploring the natural world; spending countless days on the water as well as exploring the beautiful mountains.  I moved to Seattle to study at the University of Washington where I received a double degree in Biology Conservation and Photography. I quickly fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and proceeded to learn its natural history, with my primary focus in plant ecology. Throughout my undergraduate career I had the opportunity to merge my two areas of interest, ecology and art, and to pursue outdoor recreation with the intention of sharing my passion and concern for the natural world with others.  After studying primary succession on Mt St Helens in 2010, climate change effects on wildflowers on Mt Rainier in 2012, and guiding teenagers on week-long kayak trips around the San Juan Islands I have found myself at Evergreen Escapes. When I am not at work I can be found rock climbing, hiking, fishing, swimming, and most other things that get me outside.

Kirsten Gardner – Escape Artist, South America Specialist

Kirsten GardnerKirsten found her way to Seattle in 2010 after several years working in the fly fishing industry for a Pittsburgh-based travel company.  Traveling to Slovenia every year to fish was great, but time spent kayaking and hiking through Alaska’s Tongass National Forest and seeing Mt. Rainier turn pink with alpenglow convinced her that the west coast was indeed the best coast. So she sold her things, packed her car and embarked on the Great American Road Trip to Seattle where she quickly fell in love and found her soul in the wilderness of the Olympic and Cascade ranges. Kirsten has degrees in Anthropology and History and spent several years designing and leading trekking and eco-tours throughout South America, experiences she draws upon as one of the coordinators of Evergreen Escapes International Programs.   When not in the field with Evergreen she spends her time off the grid on climbing trips through the North Cascades, mountain biking or introducing refugee youth to the great outdoors as a volunteer with the Seattle Inner City Outings Program. Kirsten also has a green thumb and strives each summer to grow an abundance of tomatoes in her garden despite the challenges of Seattle’s slightly wetter climate.

Justin Roberts – Escape Artist

Justin RobertsLike many other Seattleites, I am a transplant to the region.  Wooed by the opportunities of the city and the proximity to so many amazing outdoor wonderlands, I think I’ve found my home in the northwest.  Originally, I hail from the Ozarks region in southern Missouri.  The crystal clear rivers, limestone bluffs, and lush vegetation of the Ozarks represent my initial source of enchantment with the natural world.  I moved out to the North Oregon coast when I was a kid and was further captivated by the massive trees and tumultuous coastline.  At college in Tacoma, WA, at the University of Puget Sound, I studied Science, Technology and Society, along with a minor in Environmental Policy and Decision Making.  For a time after school I worked in the non-profit world, raising money and political support for environmental campaigns in the region.  Now as a naturalist guide for Evergreen Escapes, I’m cultivating my long-held interest in northwest ecology and human history so that I can share it with people from all over the world.  When I’m not out “escaping” with a group of travelers as a guide, I’m often out in the same areas, just pushing a little further with a heavier backpack and a night or two in the backcountry ahead of me.  I also enjoy playing music, cooking, rock climbing, and “studying” the local beer scene, if you catch my drift.  I look forward to continuing to see the seasons change in Washington’s beautiful parks and to share that beauty with you!

RACHEL TIPPER – Escape Artist

Rachel Tipper, Escape ArtistFor most of her childhood, Rachel spent time growing up in the foothills near Seattle. She was often found in the forest catching bugs and camping with her family, which nurtured her love of nature. Rachel attended Western Washington University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Recreation. Looking for some adventure, she traveled through Central and South America, Southeast Asia and Australia. Along the way, she worked with sea turtles, taught English and explored the ocean world as a sailor and Dive Master. After four years abroad, Rachel is happy to be back in the northwest. She enjoys rediscovering our mountains and sea, practicing yoga and spending time with her four-legged best friend.  Rachel always looks forward to the changing of the seasons in the Pacific Northwest and all the adventures that come along with it!

Base Camp Portland

JEFF PIETKAPortland General Manager, Lead Escape Artist

Born and raised in Portland, OR, when Jeff studied International Affairs and Geography in Washington, D.C. he had an eye on working in the foreign service – being a naturalist and tour leader was nowhere on his map. But upon graduation, his father asked: “So, what was the most important thing you learned back East?” And after a moment’s contemplation, he replied: “That I belong back West.” Travel became a central theme in Jeff’s life, and he learned quickly that a good guide can make or break a traveler’s experience. Inspired by his own travel experiences with guides both skilled and dubious, he started his interpretive guiding career in Southeast Alaska in 2004, and branched out year by year, working in the Pacific Northwest, then Mexico’s Baja Peninsula and British Columbia. Jeff is a National Association of Interpretation Certified Interpretive Guide, and learned from some of the best around as an Interpretive Ranger at Glacier Bay National Park in ’09 and ’10. After seven years guiding at all latitudes from 30 to 60 degrees North latitude, he returned to his roots in Portland – smack in the middle at 45 North – where he is prepared to put the places that are nearest and dearest to him on center stage and make them shine for you.

BRIANNE SABIN  Escape Artist

Brianne Sabin, Portland Escape ArtistBri is a Portland, Oregon native who grew up hiking in the Pacific Northwest forests and high deserts, exploring the Oregon coast, and making art at home in Portland. When not out guiding tours out of our Portland Base Camp, she can be found rock climbing, paddle boarding, painting, or traveling about in search of fun and fresh oysters.

 

 

 

LAURENCE COTTON–  Escape Artist

Laurence’s career has taken him into several different arenas–international humanitarian assistance, state government, nonprofit management, and public broadcasting. Laurence majored in cultural anthropology at Hampshire College, but also did course work in environmental studies, film and photography. After moving from Boston to Portland in 1995 to serve as Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of Oregon, he took on nonprofit work in the arts and conservation arenas. He also continued his career as an independent producer of documentary films, principally about historic topics. His most recent is the 2014 co-produced, Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America, focused on the Olmsted park legacy, nationwide and in the Pacific Northwest. The film was broadcast nationwide on PBS. He also currently serves as a Trustee of the Oregon State Parks Foundation. Laurence spends some of his guiding time as a naturalist/historian on week-long Columbia-Snake River cruises. As an Escape Artist, he weaves natural and cultural history to engender a sense of place here in the “Oregon Country.”

ADAM SAWYER – Escape Artist 

Adam Sawyer BioAdam Sawyer is an outdoor and travel writer, photographer, guide and published author based out of Portland, Oregon. He wrote as the Portland Hiking Examiner for Examiner.com and authored the bi-weekly column Portland Family Outdoors for Craigmore Creations. In addition to online writing for Travel Oregon, Red Tricycle, and Tillamook Coast, his work has appeared in Northwest Travel, Portland Monthly, Columbia River Gorge, Cascade Journal, Canoe & Kayak and Backpacker Magazines. He was the co-host of the KEEN HybridLife Radio Show for its duration and now serves as a sponsored athlete for the company. He is the author of the guidebooks Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon, Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, the forthcoming 25 Best Hikes on the Tillamook Coast, and the co-author of Hiking Waterfalls in Washington. Adam has been a professional guide for five years, specializing in the food, drink, history, and outdoor adventure of the Northwest.

STEPHANIE MANZOEscape Artist 

Stephanie ManzoA native of Oregon, Stephanie joined EverGreen Escapes in June 2014. She received her bachelor’s degree in horticulture science from Oregon State University and worked crush at a winery in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA during the summer/fall leading up to graduation. She learned more about the intricate techniques and science of winemaking throughout those six weeks than she ever thought possible and eventually took that interest and passion to the winery’s tasting room. Since then, her professional path has included roles in renewable energy, sustainability, the food & beverage industry, outdoor leadership programs, and more recently, documentary film production. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys biking, rock climbing, backpacking and exploring all the fantastic food and music that Portland has to offer.

BRAD LONG – Escape Artist

Brad Long PhotoBrad is a native of the Pacific Northwest, born in Seattle, and graduated from University of Oregon with a BS in Education and Health Sciences. He has lived and worked in South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan and Italy, but has called Portland, Oregon his home for many years. His outdoor pursuits include hiking, skiing, climbing, canoeing, sailing and cycling. Brad is an Oregon Master Naturalist and volunteers for outdoor conservation and educational programs in the Portland area. As a wine enthusiast, he enjoys taking clients to the Willamette Valley and Columbia Gorge vineyards to share their unique qualities and rich flavors. His passion for sharing memorable travel experiences is evident in his personal pursuits.

DANIEL ROBINSONEscape Artist 

Daniel RobinsonA native of Southern California, Daniel grew up playing baseball, riding bikes, and hiking with his family. A move to the Pacific Northwest in his teenage years opened his eyes to the seemingly endless possibilities for adventure and inspired him to undertake backpacking trips through the Gorge and southern Washington Cascades. Ultimately, his thirst for adventure led him to try mountaineering, his newfound outdoor passion. Daniel received a bachelor’s degree in economics, but uninspired by academia, he now focuses his energy on outdoor education. While leading tours for EverGreen, he enjoys explaining how the land came to look the way it does today. This means a strong focus on geology, climate, and the geography of plant life in the area. While not guiding for EverGreen, you’ll find him on a rope team during the pre-dawn hours of a Cascadian ascent.

Aaron Wilder at Mount St. HelensAaron Wilder – Escape Artist

After seeing Mt. Hood for the first time, Aaron Wilder knew he would not be moving back to his childhood state of North Carolina. For the past 25 years, he has been hiking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, rafting, rock climbing, skiing, and any other outdoor activity you can think of in the Great Pacific Northwest. Aaron has been applying his experiences and skills leading groups into the wilderness for almost 20 years now. Aaron is a high school history teacher most of the year, but considers the outdoors the best classroom of all, and spends his summers leading tours to his favorite places. He is passionate about reliving the tales of Lewis and Clark and Oregon Trail pioneers making their way west, risking life and limb, to this wonderful place he now calls home. If he can do this over a local Pinot Noir or craft-brewed IPA, all the better!


Base Camp San Francisco

Melissa Chiella – San Francisco General Manager, Lead Escape Artist

Melissa Chiella - San Francisco Basecamp ManagerMelissa was born and raised in New York and studied Business and Constitutional Law. She had every intention of being an attorney before visiting Paris on a short trip in 2009. After her trip she knew what she wanted: to see more of the world, marvel in its beauty, and share it with others. In 2010 she followed her heart, took a deep breath, and said goodbye to the legal field after eight years of working in NYC law firms as a paralegal. Trading in her high heels, fancy suits, and subway passes, she ventured into the great outdoors to become a tour leader!

Over the past seven years, Melissa hasn’t looked back once as she’s led cross-country camping, hiking, and interpretive small group tours through more than 26 states and 30 national parks. The mountains, ocean waters, and charming neighborhoods of the Bay Area have always had a special place in her heart, and she’s feeling pretty lucky to call the area home after many years on the road. As a lover of the outdoors you can find her hiking to the summit of 19,000 ft. peaks, kayaking, skiing, or traveling off the beaten path. In her new role at Evergreen Escapes she hopes to convey her one true love – outdoor exploration!