Compass? Maps? Leigh Bernacchi?
Ready to Explore.
Hello! I’m a writer who is passionate about sharing exploration of the wild world.
In 2021, Moon Travel Guides published the first edition of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks! I offer tips on traveling solo, with big groups, with tiny people and with people who are eager to check off their bucket list. I worked as a ranger in Sequoia, Yosemite and Denali national parks and hold a doctorate in wildlife and fisheries sciences (so I sometimes get a little too excited about birds!).
Visit my backyard!
From California’s stunning Sierra Nevada to the
abundant San Joaquin Valley
Trained in environmental humanities at the University of Utah, I studied with nature writers Terry Tempest Williams, Scott Russell Sanders and Sharman Apt Russell. I apply their teachings to my native landscape and attempt to convey information clearly and succinctly, to add meaning to travelers’ experiences.
I specialize in nature photography, trained by Rocky Mountain School of Photography’s Tim Cooper. I am skilled at digital storytelling, interviewing and video. If you need a scientific story told, hire me to help you from story framing to editing, writing, voice over, lighting and post-production. My co-authored videos are available on UCTV Sustainable California.
I shoot with a Canon EOS 6D, Google Pixel 3, and a couple of Zoom camcorders.
Opinion. Travel. News. I research and write about the natural world, pending legislation, and ways to take action.
I pay attention to the details to design the best travel experience for you. I’m passionate about getting outdoors. If given the choice between seeing a movie for a couple hours in a dark theater, I would rather spend the same amount of money for a full-day adventure in one of our nearby natural areas.
I was lucky to grow up in Mariposa, California. Armed with too many hamsters, a little brother, and an encyclopedia, I began my life as an adventurer in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Now I try to make the wild world accessible to everyone. And I strive for accuracy; I try every flavor of pie if I have to. When not at work or roaming around seeking a great hike, I like to go birding at one of the regional wildlife refuges, make things out of yarn, and cook. I’m also active in my church community.
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Blog: Tips and Tricks
Any trip into Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks wilderness is a challenge and is a risk. But nothing will prepare you more for the daunting hike than tackling the web-encrusted tangle that is Recreation.gov. To hike Mt. Whitney in the summer and fall (the season for mere mortals) you must somehow navigate the treacherous…