About Amanda: The Nature Fanatic

I’m the daughter of a very cajun father and very southern mother. Both parents have quite a bit of Spanish in them, and my mother also has a significant amount of Italian in her (I’m into genealogy as well as nature btw), but I digress. In 1995, after studying both the Performing Arts and Geography at Sam Houston State University (at the time I loved acting like a goof on stage and thought I could make a living doing it), I traveled the country for a while (gypsy style) until I eventually landed with friends in Maryland. (I was couch surfing before couch surfing was cool.) So my background, in a nutshell is: born in Louisiana, grew up in Texas, and settled in Maryland.

I was born on the water, grew up on the water, and currently live on the water. If I eat meat (“IF”) it’s seafood only. The frame around my license plate says: “I’d rather be kayaking,” and my “spirit animal” is a turtle. My love for nature, however, isn’t exclusive to watery areas – it’s just my favorite part. It’s in my blood really. Ancestrally speaking, my father comes from a long, long line of French and Spanish fishermen – we’re talking centuries long here. (In hindsight, I should have studied marine biology/science instead. Oh well, live and learn).

I took a year off from posting on here (and everywhere else), and I apologize for that. The original purpose of my blogs was to write about my outdoor activities and curate other nature stories around the web that I found interesting. I have a background doing both.

used to be a Master Naturalist where I put my nature-know-how skills to work leading ecology tours kayaking through wetlands, down rivers, and hiking through forests. I also assisted in amphibian and reptile related research.

used to be a syndicated “Green Activism” writer creating AP-style articles for a national newspaper about all the environmental and wildlife issues around the globe.

I also used to be very active outdoors during my free time, especially kayaking, but I would also hike, camp, climb, etc.

So why don’t I do these things anymore? I suffered a broken back. Though I thought I could continue writing while I “recovered” (and I tried), it became much more stressful to deal with the growing pain of a spinal injury while also feeling “committed” to keeping up blog posts. Pain is an exhausting thing, and it is amazing how completely and absolutely it takes over a person’s entire being – body, mind, spirit… Never in my wildest dreams did I think something like that was possible, until it happened to me. So, because of that, it was too hard to stay focused.

Though I’m nowhere near “whole,” nowhere near “recovered,” and my pain is nowhere near gone, I still plan on writing again. I won’t be writing about my personal adventures, as I won’t be able to have any. But I do have an imagination, and I still like to write. Like you, I enjoy reading about science and nature, and I enjoy the whole “armchair traveler” thing, so I will still use those topics to fuel my posts. I just can’t allow myself to post as consistently as I used to. I can’t be that consistent and deal with what I’m going through at the same time. (If you have ever constantly suffered through debilitating pain, then you know what I’m talking about.) I will post, however. It may be daily sometimes, or weekly, or one month I may only post once. I just don’t want to NOT post anymore. I miss it.

I thought I’d let you all know where I’ve been and why I’ve been absent. I didn’t forget about this blog, but I did burn myself out. I needed to take care of me. I still do. But I also need to write. I look forward to posting again, and I hope I didn’t lose any of you.

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