Born in the Virginia piedmont, it was there, where the Appalachians continue their slow drip into the Atlantic and the quiet Blue Ridge keep the horizon, where I first came to know myself. With my two brothers and sisters, I explored old trails, made new ones, and worshiped the snow. At 15 my family jumped the border into the Tar Heel State where I found good friends, good teachers, and good music. In 2011 I graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Anthropology. From then on I began my search for the best way to be in the world and for new spaces. After spending time in Birmingham, Alabama and Portland, Oregon I was thrilled to join the SCA for the 2012 summer conducting Visitor Use Surveys for the United States Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District. And although middle Tennessee was gracious in offering us her lakes and swimming holes, the call of the desert has now entered my bones. I look forward to this new terrain and what I can learn from it, to connecting with the power of the Mojave, with the work, and with the people I will share this experience with.