Frost on sleeping quilt near Williamson
Cold hiker eats oatmeal on Mt Whitney summit

Meet Your Virtual Guide

Outdoor adventures and off-the-beaten-track travel have been my paths to confidence, contentment, and a deeper understanding of the world and myself. I created Exploring Wild to help others discover the power of these experiences.

Everything on this website is based on extensive personal experience and careful research. You can trust that I’ve been there, done that, and learned from some mistakes.

I’m introverted, nerdy, and more risk-averse than you might think. I have cranky knees and hate being cold. I used to think all this stuff was only for people braver and tougher than me. If I can do it, so can you! Read more here.

~ Alissa

Welcome, explorer!

If you pore over maps for fun, sleep better outside, and need to know what’s around the next bend,
if your mind grows calmer when your body is in motion,
if the world is vast and life is too short

This is for you.

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    In search of culture, connection, and beauty.

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    In search of total immersion at pedal-powered pace.


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    In search of quiet trails, gorgeous views, and
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