I’m Suzie, and that’s me diving the Y.O-257, an internationally sunken U.S. Navy oiler off the coast of Waikiki.
There’s no “I took a risk and threw away my corporate life,” story here.
I know it’s great click-bait to talk about quitting my corporate job and packing up and heading around the world with nothing but wanderlust and a suitcase, but that’s not my deal (and it’s probably not yours!) I’m based in Lake Tahoe, in Northern California, where I run marketing full time for mountain resorts. I spend my free time exploring the area and traveling when I can. I try to do something fun and outdoorsy every day, even if it’s just a walk along the lake or a short after-work hike. Living in Tahoe allows me to do amazing things when I’m not in the office, which I really value. I’ve lived in Manhattan, Vermont, San Diego, Dallas and more, and Lake Tahoe is definitely the best place so far. Along with my four-legged sidekick, Doolie, I enjoy snowboarding, hiking, kayaking, and biking, and some more nuanced interests, like exploring ghost towns and growing spicy peppers.
What’s HikeUpYourSkirt all about?
So my goal with this blog is threefold: to show amazing, affordable, and off-the-beaten-path travel destinations, to highlight the fact that EVERYONE can go on fun adventures without quitting their jobs and breaking the bank, and to highlight the best gear and locations for outdoor activities like hiking, biking, kayaking, camping, snowboarding and more. Mostly, the take away is that it’s possible to have an adventurous, exciting, and active life without having to “quit your job to follow your dreams.” (Source: see every travel blog, ever.) It’s totally unrealistic to think that most people can give up their day job and financial security to “follow their dreams” – but it’s not unrealistic to say “everyone can do something fun at least once in a while.” So I started this blog to profile what some of those fun things could be for people who value an active lifestyle, whether that be a mountain biking trip through Thailand or a weekend backpacking trip in the Tahoe wilderness. It’s also very impoirtant for me to show real people doing sports. I love human-powered sports and SO many millennial and outdoor bloggers make them look intimidating and only for “cool people.” Well, I’m proof that you don’t have to be natural athlete or supermodel to enjoy nature.
What’s the deal with the name?
Thanks for asking! The name HikeUpYourSkirt has nothing to do with trying to look cute in the woods, or the Dave Matthew’s song “Crash into Me.”
Fun fact: A “skirt” is the extra fabric on a ski jacket that cinches around your waste to keep powder out of your base layers when you’re in deep snow. One day while skiing in Vermont, a friend and I were hesitant to venture off the established trail and give skiing through the trees a try. While we were trying to decide, a group of other friends came up behind us and yelled “Come on girls, hike up your skirts and get in the trees.” Voila, the name was born.
(And for those wondering, since then, we have been in the trees many times.)
Let’s do something together.
Yes, let’s. I’m always open to partnerships with new businesses and entrepreneurs interested in putting a spotlight on their product or destination. If you’d like to work together, reach out to me!
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Some fun facts about me. (Well, sort of fun.)
- I learned how to parallel park from the Secret Service
- I love airplane food!
- I can say the alphabet backwards and no, I’m not sure why.
- My best friend in the world is Doolie, my weird, short, basset hound-border collie mixed rescue dog
- I love succulents but am not all that great at growing them
- I don’t collect anything, but it’s safe to say I have too many hats and water bottles