Welcome to Nature Girl in a Technical World!
I’m the odd nature blogger who doesn’t spend weeks tent camping in the wilderness or testing out every new backpack that comes into REI. In fact, put me in an inflated boat down a river rapids and I will freak out on you. You also won’t find me hiking down (and back up) the Grand Canyon or kayaking for five days straight (ouch). I like nature in smaller chunks – day hikes, picnicking, birding, creating nature collections, walking our local park’s boardwalk, and yes, short kayak trips (don’t get my husband and I in a canoe together – not good). I enjoy technology, and believe it has its place. After all, there are some seriously cool nature apps, although I also advocate for screen breaks and am always trying to find the right balance myself.
My husband, Jay, and I have two adventurous boys who love being outside, but who also love trains, Paw Patrol, and sports. In my “former” life, I was a Park Ranger/Naturalist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, until I left my career in 2014 to care for our son Jack, who was born with a rare spinal disorder (more here). Jay is a wildland firefighter in the Department of the Interior (which means he spends enough time camping on the solid ground that he doesn’t want to do it during his free time!) who also enjoys following politics and anything related to football.
Join us for the ride as we seek out new adventures, attempt to balance Jack’s special needs with being outdoors, and manage everything else in our family’s life. We want to learn from you, too, so drop me a line! What topics would you like to see? I hope together we can all help each other lead fulfilling lives, no matter what stage we’re in!
Sandy was a Park Ranger with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in the National Wildlife Refuge System for most of her career. Her undergraduate degree is in Fisheries and Wildlife Science from NC State University, and she has a Master’s degree in Resource Communications from Stephen F Austin State University.