Nothing more than a state of mind
Married for 12 years to my loving and supportive husband Nate Pennington. Nate supports my adventurous spirit by staying home to care for our four-legged child named Storm. (Really it’s just an excuse to stay home and play in the garden, which I affectionally refer to as my husband’s “Precious”.)
Where she’s from:
I double majored in parks and recreation management and anthropology at Western Carolina University with the dream of working for the National Park Service. After countless applications and no employment prospects in the park service, I decided to return to school. I attended the University of Tennessee where I received a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning.
I am a certified planner, and I have been working for the City of Marion NC as their Planning and Development Director for over ten years.
What has influenced his life:
I am an expert donkey impersonator
Essential Paddling Gear:
In his own words:
In April 2016, I was diagnosed with having Actinic Keratosis, which I let go untreated for years thinking it was eczema. I felt stupid for ignoring something that had been staring back at me in the mirror for years. When I found out that it had progressed I panicked, but not about treatment or next steps. I panicked about all the things I still wanted to accomplish, and suddenly I felt like I had a deadline. That is when I decided to hike the NC Mountains to Sea Trail. Hiking a long distance trail has been on my bucket list, but I’ve never had the time off to support such an adventure. After hearing about the MST, I realized living in NC would allow me to hike the trail during weekends and holidays. I quickly started planning my trek, and that is when I found Hope Floats NC and I knew instantly that this adventure was meant to be.