Hello, I'm Kristen and although I was born to two outdoor loving hippies - I didn't really fall in love with being outside until I was an adult. As an avid traveler, I love to explore, travel, and make memories. Having joined REI a few years ago, I love the sense of community they bring. In 2020 when the world changed, my husband and I decided to explore various national parks and states we hadn't been to. Those trips inspired a passion to visit each and every state, each and every national park, and get outside more. We currently live in Raleigh, NC but will be relocating to the Denver, CO area in Spring 2021. Looking forward to meeting like-mind people, learning more about hiking and the outdoors, and maximizing the impact nature has on our lives.