Meet first term Wild Keeper, Alexandra! Alexandra is nomadic, traveling full-time in her vintage RV. She shares that there is "no better way to experience the outdoors! I’ve loved being able to explore the United States with my husband and our dogs, learning about the land that we are on, cleaning it up, and experiencing new and different places. I love nothing more than being outside."
When we asked how she was introduced to outdoor spaces, she reflected, "I had a very turbulent upbringing so as as I got older I began making my life as peaceful as possible. This involved tons of time outdoors, in the ocean, on the mountains, and now traveling full-time and spending 85% of my time outdoors paddle boarding, walking my dogs, hiking, and lots and lots of cleaning things up." She said she prefers experiencing the outdoors through walking and hiking with her dogs. Alexandra said, "I’m super lucky to have three incredible dogs who love the outdoors just as much (if not more than) me."
When we asked if she has experienced any struggles or challenges in regards to the outdoor industry, she shared, "No, my husband and I are both queer, I am Jewish, and he is Japanese. Because of our skin we have the privilege of not facing challenges outdoors. I am incredibly passionate about diversity outside, however, it’s something that is so important to myself and should be important to everybody. Nature does not discriminate, the outdoors are for everyone."
She expanded on this by sharing that, "diversity in the outdoors is incredibly important, especially with the knowledge that none of the land in the United States is ours. We’re all, always, on stolen Native land. Learning about the land we are on, geotagging that land using the Native Lands app, and also speaking outwardly and openly about whose land we are on and how we can participate in the Land Back movement is incredibly important.