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Sandy Shannon

Growing up in the Midwest, Sandy got her first taste of international travel on a two-week high school trip to Europe (at the time she was more interested in that fact that there was no legal drinking age, but hey, we all have to start somewhere). She continued this interest in foreign affairs at Ohio University, where she majored in International Business, Marketing and French. While there she studied abroad in France and, after graduation, backpacked to Australia and New Zealand, getting her adrenaline fix by bungee jumping over canyons and shark diving in the Great Barrier Reef. Still trying to decide what to do with her life she spent some time in the Peace Corps in Mauritania, West Africa, teaching the locals business skills, but more importantly, learning to ride camels, pick bugs out of her food and the importance of never shaking hands using your left hand! (Don’t ask.) After returning to the states, she decided wanted to live in a more “outdoors” environment and packed up and moved to Colorado, where she found herself a job at Natural Habitat Adventures. In 2007 she took a brief hiatus to backpack around SE Asia for nine months, meditating, climbing volcanoes and exploring beach-side hammocks all over the coast. Now back at Nat Hab, she continues to indulge in her love of nature and travel by exploring places like East Africa, Antarctica and the Galapagos Islands. Her latest adventures include trekking in Nepal’s Mt. Everest region to ward off evil spirits at the Mani Rimdu festival, swimming with whale sharks in Isla Holbox, Mexico and cruising through the karst formations of Halong Bay, Vietnam. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, happy hour and forever looking for that next adventure.

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Finally made it! Overnight hike to the top of Mt. Merapi (Mountain of Fire), the most active volcano in Sumatra, Indonesia, to catch the sunrise. It was a breathtaking view at the top.Cooling off from my motorbike ride with a quick dip in a local waterfall in the Bolaven Plateau, Laos.The gray whales return each year to their traditional birthing and breeding grounds at San Ignacio Lagoon on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. It’s so amazing that they are as curious about us as we are about them. They come right up to our skiffs and love to be touched!Watching a lion chillin’ on our game drive in the Serengeti, Tanzania.My new best friend! Learning to ride a camel in the Peace Corps Mauritania, West Africa.My boyfriend Glenn and I tail-gaiting before a Spearhead concert at our favorite venue: Red Rocks, Colorado.Enjoying a lovely invitation to hang out for couple of hours with the old men and young monks in the temple in Muang Sing, Laos. They shared their lunch, their Laos-Laos (homemade rice whiskey), and a few fun dances.An awesome day of trekking with an amazing view from the trail of Mt. Everest and Ama Dablam, Nepal.I love celebrating Halloween; it’s one of my favorite holidays. My friends and I decided on KISS this year… I’m Paul Stanley.Bear crossing! Checking out the great Polar Bears of Churchill.Camping with friends in the San Rafael Swell area in Utah. Here we’ve stopped for a rest during our day hike through one of the local canyons.My favorite lounging spot on Siargao Island, Philippines.All dressed up and ready to go! Glenn and I getting ready to celebrate at the Nathab Christmas party.On our voyage to Antarctica we stopped to check out the king penguin colony on South Georgia Island.My sister Lisa and I hiking in my own back yard at Chautauqua Park in lovely Boulder, Colorado.Angkor Wat was built for king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. Here is a shot at sunrise of Angkor Temple, the largest and best preserved monument of the Angkor complex in Cambodia.Glenn and I in the midst of Asia’s largest water fight on the streets on Bangkok, Thailand during the Songkran (Thai New Year) celebration.This is a sunrise view from atop Mt. Pananjakan in Java, Indonesia. Clockwise from lower left is the steaming crater of Mt. Bromo, erupting Mt. Semeru, and the stately Mt. Batok. Trying not to burn our feet as we climb down the dune in Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado.This picture is taken as I’m sitting on the side of the boat getting ready to jump in the water to swim with an amazing whale shark at Isla Holbox. This one, which is about 25-feet long, is feeding on plankton at the water’s surface.

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