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 airspace) 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 Ecuador’s Amazon Basin and the Galapagos Islands. She has journeyed from Canada’s Arctic regions to the opposite end of the pole to explore Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. Despite visiting such diverse destinations, Africa has a place in her heart like no other continent. 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, as well as to Mexico’s Baja peninsula to kiss a grey whale! When not traveling or working in the office, Aly spends her free time playing in the mountains, kicking around on the soccer field, and eagerly awaiting her next adventure.