Wendy’s passions are travel, nature
and communication, which intersect in her position as Nat Hab's chief writer, editor and grammarian. A Northwest native who got hooked on the Colorado sunshine and powder snow when she came out from Seattle for grad school, Wendy lives in Boulder. Wendy has worked as a freelance journalist, copywriter and editor and was previously a college professor and researcher with the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder. Before getting her master’s in journalism and Ph.D. in communication & media studies at CU, Wendy was a tour director in Alaska, Canada, the western U.S. and New England. She also worked in operations management and sales in the Alaska and Canadian Rockies tourism industry.
Wendy enjoys arranging custom trips for private groups that she often accompanies, a pursuit that has taken her trekking in the High Caucasus of Georgia, into the Bolivian Amazon by dugout canoe, through the jungles of Nepal on elephant back, overland in Botswana by 4x4 Land Cruiser, and across 115 miles of Mongolian steppe on a horse, sipping fermented mare’s milk with nomad families on the way. Among Wendy’s magical wildlife encounters are snorkeling with sea lions in the Galapagos, getting sprayed by a humpback whale in Antarctica, and sitting face to face with a silverback gorilla in the Congo rain forest. Wendy chafes if she's stuck at home for more than a couple months at a time, which has helped her get to 60 countries on all seven continents, including eight Canadian provinces and all 50 states. Most recently, she kayaked among epic icebergs at Nat Hab's Base Camp Greenland and logged 152 bird species in the forests of Costa Rica. In addition to blogging for Nat Hab & WWF's Good Nature Travel
, she also writes periodically for the travel blogs of the Adventure Collection, Huffington Post and Budget Travel and does the occasional freelance feature.
Wendy and her husband currently have a son and daughter in college, so it's a good thing she gets to feed her travel passion through her job, since funds are tight! They share their home with an Alaskan malamute and her companion cat. When Wendy isn't going around the world in her head while working for Nat Hab, you'll find her skiing and hiking, road-tripping around the West, frequenting farmers markets and artisan food shops for cooking inspiration, following current affairs, and singing in various community choral ensembles.