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Christy Lavoie

Born and raised in the northeast, Christy spent most of her time outdoors, romping around in the local forests, rivers and oceans with her brothers. From a very young age, her adventurous spirit was fueled by travel and a steady influx of new places and new experiences. When she began to study Spanish in elementary school, a life-long love of languages and cultural discoveries began and, from that point forward, had an enormous influence on the course of her life. After participating in a full-immersion study-abroad program in Spain and earning a degree in psychology, she spent the next several years traveling far and wide and immersing herself in new places. Eventually, she fell in love with Colorado, decided to make it her home and found her way to Natural Habitat Adventures’ door. For well over a decade as Adventure Director, she enjoyed creating unique, wildlife-focused itineraries and managing operations for many of NHA's destinations worldwide. Later, as an Adventure Specialist, she was thrilled to work closely with individual travelers to help make their adventure dreams come true. With Nat Hab, she's happily continued exploring destinations far and wide, including the Galapagos Islands, New Zealand, Alaska, Canada, Mexico and Cuba, with frequent visits to Central America & Africa, as well as a great many of our US National Parks. Today, as Director of Custom and Group Travel, Christy caters to both groups and individuals, crafting one-of-a-kind nature adventures worldwide. Moved by the deeply transformative power of travel, her mission is to facilitate explorations in nature that inspire connection, awe and wonder. In her free time she travels often and loves spending time with family, making music & mischief, being on the water, reading, biking, basketball and playing in the mountains.

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    Traveling by mokoro with my local guide, “G”, in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.Getting ‘baptized’ at Victoria Falls, Zambia, 2018.Home: Beach Pond, CT.  We are standing on the Rhode Island side of the lake and looking across to CT.  If you haven’t been to the northeastern part of the US, you should make it a point go visit – it’s beautiful!New Zealand truly is as breathtaking as everyone claims it to be. I snapped this shot while kayaking from Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge in the misty morning – a wonderful way to start the day!The majestic Milford Sound on New Zealand’s south island, where snowy peaks and waterfalls surround you. It is often cloudy and rainy here on the south island’s west coast; a clear day like this one is uncommon – what luck!The Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness, Colorado. This photo was taken at the beginning of the 8.5 mile hike up Conundrum Valley on my way to Conundrum Hot Springs, a site which sports breathtaking views down the valley from its cozy perch nestled in at 11,200 feet.  An iceberg off the coast of Old Bonaventure, Newfoundland.  This was my very first iceberg experience! That’s me at Cape Spear in Newfoundland: the most easterly point on the North American continent. While many people think of Newfoundland as being very far north, it’s actually at about the same latitude as Paris.Winterfest 2009 at Arapahoe Basin in Colorado. Once a year, we take the day off for an office-wide ski trip and barbeque. This is one of the many reasons we love working at Nathab!My friend Tasha and I taking a dip in a sun-warmed limestone pool beside the raging Cahabón River during a visit to Semuc Champey. After a long, grueling bus ride, a landslide and a few giant insects, we discovered this little paradise in Guatemala is well worth the effort.  The first glass butterfly I ever met. Amazing. This is the Green Hills Butterfly Farm in Belize.Sunset from the coast of Belize. Ahhhhhh…this is the life.Hiking Grouse Gulch, just outside of Silverton, Colorado.Cruising Waterton Lakes in July: Waterton Lakes, in Canada, is a sister park to Glacier National Park, in Montana.  In 1932 they were united as the first-ever international peace park. Another day on the mountain under blue Colorado skies.Sunset with the fishermen, Bay Bulls, NewfoundlandDominical, Costa Rica - this view can be seen on the drive from Golfito to Tiskita.Enjoying a quiet moment in Virginia’s Appalachian MountainsSunrise in Zion: I love the colors of the American Southwest, especially at sunrise and sunset. I first visited the leaning tower of Pisa in 1995. Having been back recently, I finally had the opportunity to go to the top, alongside my brother Jamie.  “We’re off to see the wizard…” – (Limestone Castles, New Zealand)This image was taken in September (2007) at Point Imperial, on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, just as the sun was coming up.
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