Teresa Baker

WHY DO YOU #CHOOSEADVENTURE?

I choose the outdoor arena as my oasis away from all the stresses that encompass my daily life. Being outdoor refreshes me and allows me to see life through a gentle lens.

ADVENTURE MAKES YOU FEEL...

Adventure makes me feel capable of accomplishing anything I set my sights on. No limits, no borders, no stresses.

HOW HAS ADVENTURE CHANGED YOUR LIFE?

My outdoor life has made me realize that as human beings, we place way too much value on material things. We live a life of keeping up with the Jones's versus setting our own goals and putting a plan i place to achieve them. My life is all about how can I be of service to the planet and what can I do to influence others to do the same.

FAVORITE TYPE OF ADVENTURE?

I love discovering new trails. Driving down roads I've never traveled before, hoping out and hiking into the unknown. Amazing beauty and serenity to be found on these treks. I tend to find most solitude in solo hikes. These hikes offer time to think, self critique and take in the beauty that surrounds me.

FAVORITE ADVENTURE TO DATE?

Visiting over 15 state and national parks on a road trip I took with a fiend through Arizona and Utah. Every park more beautiful than the previous. Every park with its own story and history. It was absolutely the best journey I've taken thus far.

WHAT IS YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE PLANNED?

My hope is to find a sponsor that will jump on board with my idea of renting an RV, grabbing a few friends who love our national parks and hit the road, documenting our experience and turning it into an adventure film. The purpose would be of course to capture the beauty of America, but also to do it with a group of diverse faces. All too often tales of the great outdoors don't include faces that look like me, so hitting the road and bringing the message of beautiful landscapes and diversity to the big screen, that's what I'm working to make happen.

YOUR ULTIMATE ADVENTURE BUCKET LIST IS?

I would love to be able to travel the country, visiting national park sites and sharing the stories I find with audiences to encourage them to step up their efforts to protect our natural landscapes.

THE PERSON/PEOPLE WHO INSPIRE ME MOST TO TAKE AN ADVENTURE...

I am inspired to do this work because I understand the importance of protecting the land for future generations. My 7 year old niece, who is adventurous in her own right, is one of my inspirations. But also people like John Muir who paved the way for us all. There is adventure and then there's adventure with a purpose. My purpose is to be adventurous in ways that will shed light on the need to protect our natural spaces.

ADVENTURE ITEM YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT?

My Camera....Period.

HOW CAN PEOPLE FOLLOW YOUR ADVENTURES?

FB:African American Nature and Parks Experience

Instagram: Teresa Baker11

Twitter @loveonnature

Watch her film: Diversity and Inclusion In Our Wild Spaces

Teresa Baker

Teresa Baker