Hello! Val here. I’m a traveler, photographer, writer, blogger, motorcyclist, and adventure lover. There’s nothing that excites me more than a great road trip to see new places and meet new people. Through my expeditions, I’ve traveled extensively through all of the 48 contiguous US states, most of the Canadian provinces, and Baja, Mexico. I’m an equal-opportunity adventurer which means I journey solo, with my two sons, or with friends—whatever I need to do to feed my curiosity about the world.

great sand dunes - val in real life
MeValat one of my favorite places, Great Sand Dunes National Park.

I consider myself a student of life and I’m continually seeking new challenges. I frequently attend formal workshops and classes to build my outdoor, photography, and motorcycle skills. Tapping into the offerings of organizations like the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, the BMW U.S. Rider Academy, Leave No Trace, and NOLS, keeps my adventure skills well honed.

The skills I’ve gained from those pursuits, combined with my Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Florida State University and Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification from the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, give me the tools to learn about places, landscapes, people, and experiences that make up the rich tapestry of real life beyond shopping malls, outside the suburbs, and away from interstate highways. Whether exploring by foot, car, or motorcycle, I know that the quickest route between two places is rarely the most interesting.

When not on the road, I plan my adventures from my home base in northern Nevada. Originally a southerner though, those adventures often involve returning to my roots in Georgia and the Great Smoky Mountains, where my love of adventure began.


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