About Me

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Me and Addie posing on her favorite hike – The Stairway to Heaven in NJ.

Hello there! My name is Emilie, a Jersey girl with an insatiable thirst for unconventional adventure. Although it is unclear when or how this obsession started, I know my parents hold a huge amount of blame for it!  At a young age, our vacations centered around exploring in nature. Be it roadtripping across the country or camping in any number of National Parks, my parents instilled a huge love for adventure in my heart. Although it took me until adulthood to fully appreciate and embrace it, I could not be happier to have been molded into an adventurer at such a young age.

I am fortunate enough to have one of the most flexible occupation in the world – a physical therapist.  With good hours, not bad pay, and a rewarding outcome, I cannot truly complain about my life’s work.  However, with the emotional and physical strain that comes with a medical field job, burn out is something I have trouble dealing with.  I am fortunate enough to have very supportive family who helped finance me during my educational training and left school with very little student loan debt.  I attribute this as my number one reason for having the ability to quit and afford to take months off at a time to chase my dreams. I could not be more blessed, truly. And with the demand for PTs in the world, I am also fortunate enough to come home and find a job relatively quickly.

The only unfortunate part of taking such long trips is being away from my beloved… my little girl pup Addie.  She is the love of my life and being away from her for weeks on end is heartbreaking, but I always leave her in good hands. Being reunited with her is always the best feeling.  As much as I miss her though, I know shes always rooting for me back home… wishing she could join me. You’ll often read in my blogs me pining away for that little monster.

During the summer of 2016, I decided to quit my job (for the first time) and focus on a dream I had been thinking nonstop about for some time – riding my bike across the country.  As can be seen in the blog posts in the category “TransAm 2016”, I had a very difficult time during that arduous journey. But with the encouragement of my dear friend Sheena, we got through it in one piece!

That first trip blossomed within me a thirst for strenuous adventure. Since that trip, I have quit my job a second time in 2018 to embark on the Pacific Coast Highway Bike Route, the John Muir Trail, and the Four Passes Loop. 2019 brought other smaller scale trips, such as the Rim to Rim in the Grand Canyon and the Three Sisters Loop trail. With COVID delaying any trips I had planned for in 2020, Spring 2021 looks awfully tempting to jet off and attempt another large scale adventure.