It all began on a beautiful simple 38 acre farm in a small mountain town in the NorthWest of South Carolina, where the animals outnumber the people and all food is harvested fresh from the gardens. Here is where I, Rachelle, started dreaming of travel, culture, and the freedom to choose. My parents stories of their adventures filled my head and my imagination ran free. Here is where I fell in love with the great outdoors. Scaling waterfalls, rock jumping, hiking, camping, repelling off bridges, and discovering the essence of hard work with my dad. Completing farm chores, frustrations and joys of home schooling, running the horses down the road to the river and throughout the national forests with my mom. Later to discover whitewater rafting and kayaking on the wild and scenic Chattooga River. There was never a dull moment without some sort of daily life defying moment among my family members. Yes, here is where my heart, my childhood, and many harsh and brilliant moments occurred which have led to the discover of who I am today.
After completing two bachelor degrees at the College of Charleston, unable to obtain an U.S. Passport, due to my home birth, hippie parents, and lack of documentation of my existence, I settled on exploring the great "Out West." After another summer of raft guiding, I packed up my car and hit the open road with my dog in the direction of which the sun always sets. Exploration of Colorado led me desiring to keep on going, upon arriving in Park City, UT I felt the sensation of home, at least for the winter. It was the old town western feeling of Main St, the dramatic rock faces of the Wasatch Mountain Range, and knowing no one.
After my first winter in Park City I had met some good friends who talked me into a month long road trip throughout the SouthWest of the states. We completed extensive hiking, up to 25 miles a day with most leading to 9,000+ feet vertical gains in several national parks, including Bryce Canyon, Zion, Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, and Yosemite. These adventures were concluded with an open air Grateful Dead concert in San Francisco and next day one way ticket flight to Maui, HI.