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Angela

My name is Angela Hawkins. I am a proud Colorado girl who grew up as a military brat. But now I'm home for good. I'm excited to share my experiences in the backcountry with you. I take pride in showing people that they are more capable than they realize and can accomplish things they never thought was possible.

The love for the outdoors has been instilled in me through my family. My paternal grandmother's family helped to settle Colorado up in Blackhawk and Central City. I even have some pictures of my great-grandmother climbing Longs Peak back in the nineteen twenties. When I was a kid my dad enlisted in the military. We never had a lot of money but we always went camping and for long drives to see family in Kansas. We did have a lot of fun and adventure from moving around--including England, Tucson, and Arizona. Heck, on senior ditch day I didn't do anything but go hiking at Sabino Canyon!

When I lived in Nashville, Tennessee for 13 years my ex-husband and I were "starving musicians" and couldn't afford to go on vacations, so we decided to take up backpacking. It was a way for us to get out of the city, get a break from everything and be able to be outdoors without spending a whole bunch of money. We started off with all of our gear from Walmart and army surplus (btw, that stuff is HEAVY! Our soldiers need better, lighter gear!) and then eventually worked our way up to getting one piece of good gear every single year. That process still happens because, let's face it when you're a backpacker you're also a gear junkie and there's always something better and lighter for you to try.

I’m so excited to meet friends on this new adventure and can’t wait to hear your stories also!

Liz

I have always loved the outdoors, even as a kid. I would be seen playing in the dirt and in the creek catching minnows. The love of backpacking started a year after I met my husband, on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. Yes, you read that right. No I was not performing. HAHA Angela is the singer of this group. Anyways, I was working a banquet and was setting up a buffet table on the stage. My husband, Brian, was a new employee my boss brought over to meet everyone. He asked a mutual friend, “Who is the girl with the blue eyes”. Well the rest is history.

My first backpacking trip, ever, was at Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns, TN. Brian bought my pack without fitting me properly. Well needless to say, I was a pack with legs. However that did not deter me or ruin my new backpacking obsession. After that first trip, I was hooked and there was no turning back. Once I had a properly fitted pack, we started backpacking every chance we got. Eventually, I would meet Angela and her, now ex-hubby, through Brian. This is where Angela's and my budding friendship started. All four of us were in the woods more than home. Actually we started calling the woods our second home. Then we got our fur-babies. They even became puppy brothers. Angela and I became inseparable. She is my motivator and my inspiration. I am extremely proud to call her my best friend and fellow trouble-maker.

Now let me tell you a little about myself, outside of backpacking. I am a Graphic Designer by day and an artist by night. I love to paint, draw with pencil, pen and charcoal and hand letter. I am always interested in trying new things. I was not always like that, however. Growing up I was an extremely picky eater. If it wasn’t hotdogs and French fries, I didn’t eat. Now, I am proud to say I have tried calamari, alligator, wild boar, elk and Rocky Mountain oysters.

I am a self-diagnosed shoe-aholic. However, my shoe obsession has slowly been replaced with backpacking gear. Priorities, am I right?! I like to read a good book, when I get a chance. My happy place is just being surrounded by nature, listening to the birds, babbling brook or just being present in my surroundings. Still working on that, however. It is difficult to get your mind to shut off and relax, when your thoughts are going about 100 mph.

My husband and I have been married seven years in September of 2017 and together for 11. When we started dating, we thought we were being sly by hiding the relationship from our co-workers. Needless to say, we were definitely not as stealthy as we thought. Brian is my rock, my friend and my everything. Of all the things we have been through, we’ve stuck it out. Making us stronger than ever. Brian thank you for all your support and sticking with me through the thick and thin. Love you bunches. However, I am a firm believer that the backpacking helped us through 75% of our problems. Nothing like getting away without people or electronics around. An amazing way to just think, even when hiking.

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Angela Hawkins

"Have you heard the story about the lady on her death bed that said, 'If I only could have worked more!'? Yeah. I haven't that one either. --Jack Kerouac


Elizabeth Lickliter

"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a Ride!’” ― Hunter S. Thompson