Hey, there! I’m Sam, the writer, photographer, and all-around hat-wearer behind this adventure site. I love scouting out awesome trails and, having grown up in the Okanagan, I’ve learned a few things about exploring the PNW. I absolutely love sharing those adventures and empowering you to get out there and explore. Whether you’re brand new to outdoors or have been hiking your entire life, you’re welcome here.
When I first started exploring, I would spend hours and hours tracking down info, trying to find details and photos for hikes and road trips. I’m a little OCD with planning, so I wanted to know absolutely everything about what I was getting into before I got there. But none of the sites had enough detail for me (especially in the Okanagan). Planning took forever.
So now, I share all the details I’d want for a hike or road trip so you can get outside faster and easier! Say goodbye to hours in front of the computer and say hello to fresh air, dirty boots, and views you never knew existed.
A Little About Me…
Like a lot of people, I thought my path was set: college and corporate job, then house, husband, and kids. You know the story. For a long time I thought that’s what I wanted, so I dove right into it. Within two years of highschool, I was right on track with a good job, condo, and boyfriend (now fiancé). But by then, I knew something was missing. I couldn’t sit in an office all day making someone else’s dream a reality.
So I didn’t. I started Explore the Map as a creative outlet with a vague idea of a different life. I had no idea where it would lead, but I love where it’s brought me. I’m now fully self-employed, no longer living for the weekends and two-weeks of vacation. It’s been a wild ride and I couldn’t do it without you. I can’t even begin to thank you enough for your support. It means the world to me.
I met my fiancé at six-ish, but we didn’t talk for another twelve years!
I can out-eat most people.
I once got bed bugs, flooded my condo, and hit a deer all within a few days.
I’m Canadian and hate hockey. I also live in wine country and know nothing about it.
Sometimes I do nothing but play Civ or Planet Coaster all day. #itscalledbalance