I am a mommy hiker. I’m also a wife, a daughter, a sister, a cat lady, a chef, an actor, a film producer, a writer and now, apparently I am a Blogger! Crazy.
I’m originally from New Orleans, (arguably) the best city in the world.
|Preservation Hall, New Orleans – Photo by Kerem Hanci|
Growing up my mom exposed me to all kinds of things; music, food, culture and language, travel, but one thing she never introduced me to was the great outdoors. My mom has a saying: “‘roughing it’ is staying at a Travel Lodge instead of the Hilton.”
As luck would have it, I fell prey to a crazy stalker when I was 20, which quickly prompted me to pick up and move to Asheville, North Carolina and there began my love affair with Mother Nature. I started exploring, hiking, white water rafting, skiing, anything that got me into the Great Outdoors. It became my mode of renewal, solitude and kept me connected to myself and the beauty of the world around me.
Three years later, I could no longer suppress the deafening come-hither call of LALA Land, so I jumped in my car with my brother (from another mother) Joey and we headed west! We meandered across the country (since we had the time and the funds). We rode motorcycles in our hometown of New Orleans, we watched a tornado throw an RV off of the highway like a Raggedy Ann doll in Texas, we got lost hiking the Grand Canyon and reverently kissed the ground when we finally made it back to the top!
|My brother Joey, Me & My husband Kerem (circa 1996)|
Now, 18 years later, Los Angeles is home. I found my soul mate and we have spent the last almost 17 years camping, hiking and travelling the world. 20 months ago we created offspring (woohoo!) there are no words to describe how rewarding it has been introducing her to the awe-inspiring beauty and peaceful harmony Mother Nature has to offer.
These are our adventures. I hope you enjoy!!
|Kerem, Vivienne & Me – Photo by fellow Mommy Hiker Megan Flowers|