River Rocks Explorers Background

The Explorers

I have always had a huge interest in living primitively and in survival in general. Since I was a kid I imagined the scotch broom as my fort and had “rooms” in it for my home.

My daughter and I enjoy going fishing, often with Shane or my mother, Connie. My mother is actually who taught me to hunt, track blood trails (well track just about anything she knew how to track), fish. Outdoor school in 6th grade taught me many survival skills to add to what my grandmother taught me about foraging.
We’re all working on teaching my daughter, Morgan all these valuable things too!

Growing up I spent a lot of time with my parents volunteering with Oregon Equestrian Trails building horse camps and maintaining trails. I would always be the one who was First Aide and CPR certified during all these activities. My saddle bags were always packed with first aid/survival gear and I even showcased it at the Oregon State Fair when OET had a booth there.

More recently I have been able to teach the public, along with some other great folks, about basic emergency preparedness, bug out bags, etc. We had a lot of fun doing this and hope to be doing more of it soon!

Shane used to hunt using hawks or falcons and now is going to start hunting with his English Cocker Spaniel, Huckleberry. He’s the type who could get lost in the woods for weeks at a time and be perfectly happy to figure out survival on his own. You can see why he and I get along so well haha.

The Scientists

I am also vastly interested in Science. Astronomy, Meteorology, Chemistry, Geology, Paleontology, Archaeology, Biology, Zoology, Botany, Technology, etc. You name it!
I have an Associate Degree in Biology/Medicine/Science, one in Microcomputer/Networking, and one in Computer Applications. It’s run in my veins from an early age from my first microscope to my first telescope and beyond!

As you can see, my daughter takes after her mother in sciences. Here she is breaking through a block to get to the crystals inside of it. We both love looking at the stars, the moon, random creatures we find in the woods or creek, etc. She is an avid slime maker and beginning coder as well!

I actually watched the training video to be a Sky Watcher in case any cool thunderstorms or other less cool weather comes our way. I’m a little obsessed with the weather and probably look at my NOAA weather app 5 times a day hahaha.