Growing up in a rural, small town in Arizona taught me to appreciate many things. It instilled in me a deep love for the outdoors and nature while also inspiring me to get out and travel, to see what the world outside had to offer. As a result, I have an abiding passion for hiking, camping, and backpacking as well as travelling around the world. Living in Tucson I have felt particularly drawn to the many "Sky Islands" around southern Arizona and have endeavored to hike and backpack in as many of them as I can. I have traveled to Germany, the Philippines, and Japan and plan to visit many more countries in the future.