Name: Stephanie Mullins
Hometown: Georgetown, CO
Occupation: Work at home Mom
Favorite place to hike: Wherever my boots take me
What’s one book you’d recommend to a friend and why: Eating Stone by Ellen Meloy. “Each time I look into the eye of an animal…I find myself staring into a mirror of my own imagination. What I see there is deeply, crazily, unmercifully confused.”
By trade I am a Fisheries Biologist and Naturalist; Meloy was the naturalist I want to be. Her writing is more eloquent than Thoreau and her stories more “real”. She makes me feel vulnerable, in touch, defeated, and hopeful. I am sad knowing she will never write another book nor observe another animal. One day I hope to be a quarter of the naturalist she was.
What’s your favorite thing to cook for dinner: Grilled vegetables with big, meaty portobellos. I find comfort in the simplicity of slicing a variety of vegetables. I love the color, the methodical sound of the knife slicing through the veggies and hitting the cutting board, and the crunch in my mouth when I steal pieces from the prepped pile. I always crave vegetables after I get home from a backpacking trip too.
What’s your favorite quote: “The eyes of the future are looking back at us and they are praying for us to see beyond our own time.” Terry Tempest Williams
If you could hike with anyone, dead or alive who would be and why: This is a tough one. I would like to be the Ghost of Hiking Future and hike with my son when he is 36, the age I am now. I want to see what our environment will look like then. I want to see his reality. I want to see if my love of the outdoors perpetuated in him. I want to know if any of the small things I did to foster a connection in nature to others made any difference. I would also like to be the Ghost of Hiking Past to visit and hike with my husband, the husband prior to being a father. Children change a marriage and I sure would like to see that couple on the trail again. Selfish my answer seems, but truthful nonetheless. I could have said Aldo Leopold…but yeah, I didn’t.
What the one piece of gear that always has a place in your backpack: Totally lame, but totally true…sunscreen.
If you could drop what you’re doing right now and had unlimited funds what’s the one place you’d go hiking: I would go fish the Dean in BC. My hike would be to and from the river each day.
Where can we find you on the internet:
- Website: antlersandgills.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/antlersandgills
- Facebook: facebook.com/antlersandgills/