Kelly’s passion for outdoor adventure started the moment she was strapped into a baby carrier and began exploring Northern California and Montana on the backs of her parents during their frequent camping and fishing trips. Her activity-centered explorations have taken her to fish the deeps of Costa Rica and the flats of Belize; to sail the fjords of Norway and kayak the Mekong of Laos; and to wash the elephants of Thailand and feed the monkeys of Bali. At home in Truckee, California, Kelly finds further joy editing her adventure photos and creating short movies and photo books for friends and family after the trip. Not only is the process a blast but she feels it also allows her to reflect on her experiences and connections and relive the memories for years to come.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Kelly has a bachelor’s degree in business with a minor in marketing from California State University, Long Beach. Instead of keeping the sand between her toes, she opted to begin her career under the snowcapped peaks of the San Gabriel Mountains. After interning for marketing and website departments at Southern California ski resorts and snowboard magazines, she returned north but kept her industry momentum by working many years at Sugar Bowl Resort in the human resources department. Using her professional experience and passion for the outdoors, Kelly is determined to drive our brand of small, sustainable travel.