I write this application for the purpose of solo paddling the Northern Forest Canoe trail this spring.
As a child, we moved around, but I have always always worked and played outside. I was blessed with a northern family that emphasized good cooking, hard work and outdoor recreation. I was raised in a canoe and have always been encouraged to adventure when I can.
Music, building, sugaring and cooking have made up my livelihood for many years now since graduating from UVM in 2017 with a degree in Natural Resources Ecology. Many seasons have also been spent guiding dog sledding in Ely, Minnesota, leading UVM rock climbing trips and working in the outdoor education industry.
Now, at 27 years of age, I live in a small, off grid structure I built in Hinesburg, Vermont. My greatest passion is learning and using the forest, followed in second by playing music.
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My Core Values
- Try not to take things personally
- Keep family close
- Always do your best
- Work hard
- Maintain mental and physical health
- Do not lose touch with nature
- Always keep playing
- Take inspiration from children
- Be kind
- Live frugally
- Try to forgive
- Always be true to your word
- Reflect on experiences
- Keep an open heart to love