My name is Stephanie.
I am a thirty-something adventurer who grew up on Canada’s western coastline. Growing up on Vancouver Island meant summers spent in the lake or river, or camping in the forest and winters spent wishing the rain would stop. Not having a lot of money meant we spent most of our time playing outside – games of kick-the-can until after dark in the summer, building forts in the woods around our cottage, or traipsing through the woods and playing in the ocean. The love of the outdoors my mother had fostered in me never died, though I did misplace it in my early adulthood.
I’ve since rediscovered my love of adventure and have once again taken up hiking and camping. I’ve added a passion for rock climbing and have recently been exploring the options for multi-day hiking trips as well as back-country trips. I want to add surfing (which I have tried twice in my life and absolutely love), kayaking, diving and alpine hiking/climbing. I started this blog after I did my first solo weekend trip because when I was looking for information on camping solo as a woman there weren’t many resources available. I wanted to share some of my adventures, and the things I have learned and will continue to learn from them.
Maybe one day I’ll be able to call myself an expert; I’m just happy to have a chance to go out and do the things I love.
I hope that those who find this are inspired to go out and do things above and beyond what they thought they were capable. I know I’m going to.
Why ‘Not Lost Girl’?
All that is gold does not glitter;
Not all those who wander are lost.
The old that is strong does not wither;
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
There is this idea that we need to go ‘find’ ourselves. That the meaning of life is elusive and somewhere out in the great wide world we will find it if we only look hard enough. As a one who suffers from an intense wanderlust, I have found myself thinking these things on more than one occasion. I am most alive when I am outside; camping on the beach or in the woods or even hanging on the side of a cliff by my own choice.
This does not make me lost.