“My parents loved to travel and instilled that love in me from an early age. As a child we traveled primarily within the U.S. visiting many National Parks, Colorado, and Santa Fe. I remember camping in Yellowstone and being greeted by a bear in the early morning! Not something you forget!!

As I got older I continued my travels throughout the U.S. and to England, Scotland and Ireland. I went on a safari in Africa in 1988 and it still ranks as my favorite trip. Most of that safari was in tents and being able to experience the African wildlife in their natural habitat was truly special.

I was lucky enough to marry a man (a UT graduate) who loves to travel as much, or more, than I do. So together we have been on many journeys. I have visited all 50 states, Canada and Mexico and all the continents except South America and Antartica and those are on my list!

After my career with AT&T, my husband and I retired and our travels have continued. We spent 6 weeks in New Zealand and Australia experiencing life down under and have been on several cruises, including the Panama Canal, the Mediterranean Sea, the Caribbean, 3 Transatlantic Voyages and River Cruises on the Danube and Columbia River. We also went on a barge trip in France – a very special trip! We love the California wine country are well versed in the wine industry. We have also spent time in France, Switzerland, Germany, Spain and China to name a few of my favorites. We Went on a golfing trip to Scotland and Ireland and enjoyed the British Open while we were there.

I could go on and on as travel is a very important part of who I am. Traveling has taught me how much the world and the U.S. have to offer us. The National Parks in the U.S. are truly special gems that all citizens should take their time and visit. Traveling internationally has taught me about the various cultures of this world and how even though very diverse we all have common goals and interests. I have grown because of my travel and I thank my parents for planting that seed.