About Laurie


I was one of the lucky ones. Allowed to run free most days, my neighborhood pals and I swam in the lake, went fishing and waterskiing, scrambled around old caves on the water’s edge, went camping and canoeing and generally just explored the great outdoors. Wisconsin is full of lakes, rivers, forests and adventure and we enjoyed it all.

All that water time resulted in a swimming scholarship at the University of Wisconsin where I became an NCAA All-American. Then, I moved underwater.

Scuba diving had always fascinated me (breathe underwater?!) so when I moved for work to Australia, I became a certified PADI rescue-level diver. The South Pacific was my playground and I had amazing experiences discovering God’s intricate details deep under the surface.

When I moved to California, I discovered backpacking and Yosemite. Bliss! Now I live in with my family near the ocean and enjoy biking, hiking and occasionally trying to stand up on a surfboard. If it’s gorgeous outside, the dishes can wait!

My goal is to encourage and guide people out of their nature-blindness, and to show them how to delight in nature and discover God. My aim is for you to fall in love with this gorgeous world of ours. I want you to notice this infinite storm of beauty that surrounds us.

I want you to pause as you scurry out to your car and notice the bird song around you.

I want you to step outside and step into wonder. I want you to fall in love with this outside life


Get outside, it’s good for your insides!