Aly was born and raised in the rustically charming countryside of southern Pennsylvania. She spent the majority of her childhood trying to get lost in the woods, learning about animals from her veterinarian father, and developing an incredible appreciation for nature. Aly got her first taste of international travel at a young age, spending a summer living with relatives on the slopes of the Rift Valley in Kenya. Both high school (Mercersburg Academy) and college (The College of William and Mary) afforded her the chance to study with many international students, where she experienced a world of new cultures, ideas and tasty foods. By this time, her love for the open road (or air space) and new experiences had become well established.
Aly’s travels with Natural Habitat Adventures have taken her from the cloud forests of Costa Rica to Nicaragua, Belize, Guatemala, the Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu and into the Peruvian and Ecuadorian Amazon. The call of the wild has also taken her to India in search of her favorite animal, the bengal tiger, and kayaking through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. She has journeyed from the Canadian Arctic to the opposite end of the pole to explore Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. Amidst such diverse destinations, Africa has a place in Aly's heart like no other. She has had the great fortune to spend time in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Travels closer to home have included trips to Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, the canyons of the American Southwest, and down to Mexico’s Baja Peninsula to kiss a gray whale! When not traveling or working in the office, Aly spends her free time playing in the mountains and eagerly awaiting her next adventure.