Always an adventurer and a seeker of knowledge, I grew up in Ohio running around the neighborhood with other kids making up games, watching lightning storms with my family, and spending time on my aunt and uncle’s farm learning about the cycles of life. As a teenager I spent a lot of time learning survival skills at the Children of the Earth Foundation’s summer camps. From the very beginning I loved starting fires, building shelters, processing animal hides, and weaving baskets. It was through these skills that I felt a growing connection to myself, others, and with creation. After turning 18, I moved to Washington state to continue studying earth skills at Earthwalk Northwest and successfully completed the Skills Apprenticeship, Ethnobotany Apprenticeship, Basketry Series, and the Path of the Hunter program. I’ve had many jobs over the years including being a nanny, survival skills instructor, landscaper, and carpenter. In 2009 while enjoying a solo backpacking trip of 500 miles through Washington on the Pacific Crest Trail I got a feel for being truly alone in nature.  This helped me know some of what I might be getting into when I signed up for my most recent adventure, being part of History Channel’s Alone survival show, season 3 in Patagonia. I lived for 86 days alone and am the longest surviving woman in the shows history!