I’m Terra, a Virginia native firmly nestled into my late 30s living alone in a big old house with two very good dogs, one completely evil cat, one sweet and horrifyingly destructive kitten and an insatiable desire to explore outdoor places. I’ve spent almost 20 years in the military and have worked full-time for the Virginia National Guard for the last 13 years as a Public Affairs Specialist, which means I help tell the story of my organization through photos, stories and social media.
I fell in love with solo travel during a trip to New Mexico in 2018 and since then, I’ve spent most of my time plotting and scheming solo adventures to explore U.S. National Parks and other public lands (which, let’s be clear, are all native lands). When I go, I usually go alone. I love the freedom afforded by solo travel, I love being beholden only to myself, and frankly, there are few people I’ve met who consider waking at 5 a.m. to hike 10 miles a fun way to spend a vacation.
Mostly, I am here to tell stories. I see a lot of things when I travel, I have misadventures, I fall down, I meet strangers, I sing to bears. This is where I’ll tell those stories. I might also share my itinerary with you, or my budget, or my packing list, but mostly I’m going to tell you about the experience, about what a place made me feel, about the stupid way I injured myself, about how much I love a specific campsite or piece of gear, about how I cried when I saw a bear or a wolf or summited a mountain.
If you want to follow along in real time, I’m on Instagram most days, sharing the books I’m reading, the ridiculous things my pets are up to and, of course, the going whenever I get to go.