Born on the outskirts of Albuquerque, New Mexico, I have always been drawn to the great outdoors – especially the Southwest. At a young age I moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where the gorgeous Rocky Mountains became a canvas for many beautiful adventures throughout my life. Attended college in Southern California and eventually moved back to Salt Lake City to play professional soccer for Real Salt Lake and the Charleston Battery in South Carolina.
After falling in love with fly fishing 15+ years ago, it’s continued to be my main hobby – the one that allows me to escape the busy life and connect with this beautiful country we live in. Having lived in multiple states, traveled across the nation, and experiencing various countries, I’m continuously enamored by the beauty of the western states. It’s quite difficult to imagine my life without the Yellowstone River in the expansive state of Montana, fishing the Green River below the Flaming Gorge Dam in Dutch John, Utah, sitting by a fire under the bright stars in the open Land of Enchantment in New Mexico, marrying a girl from Idaho and camping together in Wyoming with our two wonderful kids, golfing on some of the nation’s most pristine courses in Scottsdale, Arizona, or traveling to enjoy a favorite artist at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, Colorado.
Favorite outdoor adventure: Fly Fishing
What is a core value that you believe IHeartRVing should embody? Genuine and honest conversation surrounding anything to do with the outdoors.
As an avid traveler and seeker of new experiences, my life has been a series of unforgettable journeys and thrilling escapades. The sense of adventure that drives me has led me to explore the unknown, pushing my limits, and always eager to discover what lies around the next bend.
Unforgettable Moments: Via Ferrata in the Dolomites
One of my most memorable outdoor adventures was a family trip to the Dolomites in Italy, where we embarked on a via ferrata hike. This exhilarating “hiking” experience, complete with stunning views and adrenaline-pumping moments, was undeniably the best our family has ever had. As we navigated the iron pathways and climbed the majestic mountains, we created lasting memories that we continue to cherish today.
The Heart of IHeartRVing: Embracing Community
For me, the core value that IHeartRVing should embody is community. This means connecting our followers, subscribers, and ourselves through shared experiences and love for the open road. By cultivating a sense of togetherness, we can create a space where everyone feels welcome and supported in their RV adventures.
Adventures and Misadventures: The Algarve and Beyond
One of the best places I’ve ever camped was in the Algarve region of Southern Portugal. With its amazing views and excellent surfing opportunities right from the RV, it was an experience that combined my love for adventure and the great outdoors. However, not all my RV adventures have gone smoothly. I once drove an RV over a fire hydrant and, despite my best efforts, found myself surrounded by various local authorities, including the Police, Fire Department, Water and Sewer, Town Planning, and Sheriffs Department. Fortunately, I was able to bring my “A” game, and to my relief, I managed to escape without a fine. These unique experiences, both the ups, and downs, have helped shape my RVing journey and remind me of the incredible stories and connections that make the RV community so special.
Work Hard – Play Hard. I try to balance my time in front of spreadsheets and stock charts with being Outdoors with my girls and dogs! A NC native still finding places to explore!
Favorite outdoor adventure: A 2 week long very remote Alaskan float trip with my brother. From pointing at a map and telling the pilot to meet us on a gravel bar in 2 weeks, to fly fishing some of the prettiest waterways imaginable, to having a giant bear walk by our tents (and sprint through a river, fortunately)… that trip had everything and left me fully restored.
What is a core value that you believe IHeartRVing should embody? I hope IHRV can bring a sense of community – it’s one of those things native to RV and camping folk, but when you learn tips and tricks, new recipes, new music, new places to travel, new products… just being informed of everything new in your World can make you feel that more connected to it. That also means you’re living it up and enjoying it more! That’s what it is all about to me. Just get out there and enjoy it, and laugh at the crazy along the way.
The best place you’ve ever camped: My Senior year I took our class on a 2 week hiking/camping trip. I was not popular for this decision, as most wanted to be in Jamaica or somewhere tropical. But after hiking and sleeping among each other, helping each other with obstacles, cooking together, we became one of the closest group of classmates possible. Well beyond what a “typical” senior trip might be, and I actually got a lot of kudos for it after the fact.
Best RV Stories: Renting a RV in my college days to travel the East Coast from music festival to music festival will always be a highlight!
All-time favorite hike: I have been a Youth Group Advisor for years at our local church. Each year we take a mountain trip, which inevitably leads to a passionate group taking a hike. One year we chose Graybeard a little north of Montreat, NC. At the top, the kids and I just felt so proud and had a lot of laughs. Was very rewarding to have so many Youth taking part in this.
Born in Georgia, raised in Tennessee, and educated in Virginia, I’m a child of the American South. So sweating through stifling humidity, hearing stories in long drawls, and criss-crossing creeks with a favorite hound dog are all home to me. But following college, things got international. As an Army officer, I served one combat tour in Iraq and two in Afghanistan before moving back to Nashville to become an editor for an award-winning magazine. Two years later, I met my Brazilian wife in Kunming, China. Today, Nashville is still home base for us.
Favorite outdoor adventure: Exploring Palo Duro Canyon just southeast of Amarillo, Texas.
What is a core value that you believe IHeartRVing should embody? Connection. To the land that calls us and with the incredible community of people who share that calling.
All-time favorite hike: My wife and I were honeymooning in Park City, Utah and wanted to go on a beautiful hike. So, we did some very rapid—and very insufficient—research, eventually deciding to drive out to Provo to see Bridal Veil Falls. (Makes sense for a honeymoon hike, right?) Let’s just say that the hour-long drive was the visual highlight. Utah’s geologic grandeur is weird, awesome, and entrancing. So captivating. But the waterfall … was not. We hiked a short, paved path before coming to Bridal Veil Falls—or at least where it was supposed to be. When we found it, we weren’t sure we were in the right place, because it was tiny. Really tiny. Like a waterfall coming from a kitchen faucet. It was so anticlimactic that my wife and I couldn’t stop laughing. And that’s what made it so special—because even more than where you go, who you’re with is what really makes a memory truly wonderful.
First and foremost, I’m a mother of two beautiful boys—twins—that I adopted a couple of years ago! They keep me sane and insane, joyous and frustrated, silly and serious.
I’m also a big lover of RV campgrounds. There’s something about the people and the place—the ability to unplug, relax, and literally while away the days with a community you enjoy. I was fortunate enough to start my career a few of years after college with a company that owned RV resorts. That experience ignited my love for RVing, campgrounds, and the whole RV community. I’ve been even more fortunate to have been able to remain in the RV and campground industry since—and I wouldn’t want it any other way!
Originally from beautiful North Carolina, I’ve lived in majestic Colorado, balmy Florida, and now sunny South Carolina (juuuust a stone’s throw from the NC state line). My dad used to call me a gypsy because I moved so often—not only to different states but within different states almost every year. So, it seems I’ve always had an innate need to roam.
Favorite outdoor adventure: Well, I’m not the “outdoorsy” type like my fellow coworkers (so you won’t find me hiking, fishing, or snorkeling). But what I do love more than almost anything is being at a campground—any campground (although preferably one by a beach). Just sitting outside and hanging out with friends and family—campfire or no campfire—always brings me joy.
What is a core value that you believe IHeartRVing should embody? Giving back to the community and industry that supports us!
The best place you’ve ever camped: My absolute favorite camping trip was years ago. We were at Myrtle Beach right on the ocean. A huge group of us set up RVs under a canopy of trees. There were adults, 20-year-olds, and kids right down to a 6-month-old—the whole gambit of life experience was covered. The love found in that community on that trip was amazing! I want my two boys to share that same experience in the years to come.
I grew up in Minnesota, so I’ve spent a lot of time outdoors – even in January. In 2006, I become an Expedition and Outdoor Photographer, which is a fancy way of way of saying I was basically homeless, with a camera and an old Land Rover. It set me up for some great adventures, though, and lead me to this point. In 2010 my friend, Ricardo, and I started a luxury camping tour business in Puerto Rico. With his beautiful Land Rovers, we took clients to fascinating places, serving up first class treatment the whole time. When we weren’t on tour, I lived in an RV. With Sebastian, my officemate. He’s in a sanctuary now, with a huge amount of land to roam, truly living his best life. The gear we chose meant everything, so I spent a lot of time researching and getting to know equipment that makes RVing and camping better.
I’ve always been a writer, too, and after we ended our tours in Puerto Rico, I started writing product video and employee training videos for national retailers. You can see a bunch of the videos I’ve written on big box websites.
The work I’m doing on the AskNate videos is the same thing I do in my free time. I camp, travel, get outdoors, follow my camera, and write about. I love it!
Favorite outdoor adventure: Hammock camping on a beach with one end tied to a Land Rover, the other end tied to a tree.
What is a core value that you believe IHeartRVing should embody? ‘Community’ is a big word. I use it in a way that says we can experience more, learn more, and explore more, with each other–based on what we share–without getting in each other’s way. Whether it’s RV knowledge, info about the latest gear, where to go, or more importantly- what we can do to add to our quality of life because of this hobby/passion, there’s a lot to explore that RVing and camping can take you to. But it sure seems to always come back to the people you were with when you did it.
The best place you’ve ever camped: Copper Harbor, Michigan. We were doing a circle tour of Lake Superior, trying to stay off-pavement as much as possible. This place was incredible, and so remote- so we thought. We had the most beautiful night, beautiful sunrise, but by 10am on a Saturday, about 25 other vehicles came through, and we were basically camping in the parking area of a pretty popular place. Haha So beautiful, though.
Best RV Stories: Sebastian, the turtle and my ‘officemate’ in Puerto Rico would wake me up in the morning by rubbing his shell on different parts of the RV. When I went outside, he would do laps around the area I was working, and was really social and friendly. He wanted to be a part of the action, and even got along with the dogs.
All-time favorite hike: El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico. The hike to the top.
Born in the beautiful town of Mesa, Arizona, I have always been drawn to the captivating desert outdoors. At a young age, I constantly explored the vast desert in my local area, going on hikes, road trips, and campouts. I attended college in Utah, where I had the opportunity to explore new scenery filled with stunning mountains, lakes, and hiking trails. After school, I moved to Southern California and enjoyed being a “beach bum,” surfing nearly every day. Nowadays, I reside in Arizona. Although I miss the beaches of California, I’m glad to be able to reconnect with my desert roots once again.
What is your favorite outdoor adventure? Road-tripping to Cannon Beach and exploring the lush hikes near Portland, Oregon.
What is one value you think IHeartRVing should stand for? The belief that you’re never too old to explore the outdoors as you did when you were a kid.
What is the best place you’ve ever camped and why? The best place was actually the worst place, mainly because it led to so many funny memories that I can look back on. It was a snow campout with a group of my high school buddies. We camped somewhere in Northern Arizona near Flagstaff in the middle of winter. Unbeknownst to us desert boys, we went camping in a full-blown blizzard. With the roads closed and us being broke high school teenagers, we had to stick it out for the night, which resulted in the best/worst camping story.
Do you have any RV Stories? I have yet to spend time in an RV, so I am open to an adventure. However, the best RV story I know of is about Walter and Jesse and their little fiasco (if you know, you know).
What is your all-time favorite hike? The Superstition Springs Flatiron hike has got to be one of the best.
I’m a North Carolina native and a true Southern girl!
My number one love is my family, and nothing gives me more quality time with them than RVing. I grew up RVing with my amazing parents and siblings. I come from a huge family. My natural parents were foster parents, who have raised over 40 children throughout their life. What began as a cost-effective (and no-occupancy-limit) way to vacation, became a cherished family tradition.
Our family continues to RV, and we have passed the RV life to the next generation as well. I feel extremely blessed to live and work in the industry I hold so dear.
What is your favorite outdoor adventure? I love being on the water! Traveling down the intracoastal waterway and eventually landing on Bird Island, South Carolina is my happy place!
What is one value you think IHeartRVing should stand for? Connection. I hope that our medium helps connect people with what they want and need for their best RV experience.