Kristin grew up as the youngest of six in southern New Jersey and survived, albeit with a minimal east coast accent. Trained in classical ballet and tap from a young age, Kristin spent a majority of her early years performing and then teaching tap all over the New York City/Philadelphia area. Kristin acquired her Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a focus in Human Factors from the University of Utah and plans to attend California College of the Arts in San Francisco beginning Fall 2021 where she will pursue her master’s in Design with a focus in Interaction Design and Social Impact.
When she’s not guiding, Kristin chips away at her life goal of becoming a well-rounded renaissance woman but her number one “joy de Vivre” will always be the theatre arts. She’s thoroughly excited to get back to San Francisco in the Fall and start figuring out ways to design more ethical and socially-minded tech aimed at preserving culture while enhancing the quality of life. She is also a doting mom to her hefty Siamese cat, Ducky. Kristin believes that the outdoors should be accessible to all individuals regardless of physical ability, race, socioeconomic status, or past experiences. By providing a safe and welcoming space for all individuals to explore, she hopes that travelers can come away from these trips with a memorable vacation as well as having learned a little bit more about themselves in the process.
What’s Your Favorite Vacation Destination?
I always love visiting South and Central America because of the opportunity to improve my Spanish while relaxing on vacation. (Though, I usually end up relaxing a little bit more than improving my Spanish.)
What’s Your Favorite Hike?
I love the Dawson-Pitamakan Trail Loop in the Two Medicine area of Glacier National Park. It is a long day, but if you can knock out the 17 miles without having to set up camp along the way it’s SO worth it to be able to enjoy the views without all the extra weight!
What’s Your Favorite Bike Ride?
I love biking anywhere! I didn’t learn how to ride a bike until I was much older, which is pretty neat, because I have such a childlike fascination with all things bicycle now.
I really enjoy documentaries but I’m a sucker for anything true crime. I will also always love The Wedding Singer and Scary Movie 2.
At this point in time, I feel a certain sense of comfort when I read Joan Didion- whether that be an entire novel or a short essay.
I grew up around a lot of Steve Miller Band and Cat Stevens, so all those songs are pretty ingrained in my head…I’d like to think at least partially by choice.
When Did You First Catch the Travel Bug?
When I was 19, my family took a trip up to Alaska. I had hardly been outside of New Jersey and was awed by how beautiful it was. I remember wanting to participate in all the activities I could (hiking, zip-lining, glass-blowing, you name it) and when I returned home I began looking up ways to transfer to a college in Alaska. That never ended up happening but I think it is safe to say this trip definitely inspired me to explore more.
What are your Hobbies?
I really love reality tv and think we should all be talking about it. I also enjoy skiing, learning how to draw on my iPad, brunching, and exploring different regions through a variety of lenses.