Hello fellow nature enthusiasts! My name is Rachel and I am the face behind this site. If you choose to stick around, you'll follow my eyes through woodlands, rivers, and just about any environment that allows my inner conservationist to thrive. If you'd like know more about who's experience, reports, and photography is behind every page, then click here.


About Me

© 2017 RachofSunshine

February 21, 2018

Why am I unhappy here?

I miss my family, my dogs, home cooked meals not cooked by me, my friends, the humid Florida air (okay… maybe not so much the humidity as the sunshine and lack of black ice). I’ve been told so many things about my unease in Montana by so many peop...

January 19, 2018

Hello from my newest home away from home — the gorgeous southwestern Montana!

It was rough transitioning into "real life" after working a happily isolated summer in Isle Royale. Moving from trails in place of streets to cities, airports, and overwhelming job hunts were...

September 25, 2017

Lacking Internet and a vexing transition into reality has caused a lingering gap in the Head Over Hiking Boots blog updates. However, I have safely made it home with a compilation of new memories. 

One of the things I was unable to share with y'all is a bucket list item...

August 9, 2017

Hello my friends! You may have noticed a postage scarcity on my part, of which I do apologize. Between familial visits, fluctuating work schedules, and an absence of Internet I have been one busy lady. But despite all my trials I have still had time to hit the trails! 


July 2, 2017

It has officially been a month of living in Isle Royale, which means four weeks of national park loving and thirty-one days of the isolation factor. 

If you can’t tell by my previous posts and photography I am head over hiking boots for this wondrous place. Plants grow...

June 18, 2017

What a view. 

After a few weeks of assimilating into the Isle Royale crew and life on the island I think this gorgeously rad sunset was painted just for me. The summer season is officially fully open and my list of tasks and responsibilities has caused a few moments of...

June 9, 2017

I don’t know about y’all, but I consistently crave the water. Perhaps it’s my Floridian background where nearly every positive childhood memory is attached to a beach, river, or pool, but maybe it’s a human instinct that lives in all of us.

The day before Isle Royale of...

June 3, 2017

I am safe in Isle Royale and oh my gosh am I loving life on the island! This place is magical in every sense of the word. Yes, the chilly mornings and nights are taking this Florida girl some getting used to, but bracing the cold is no feat compared to the reward of li...

May 30, 2017

Florida. It seems only right to commemorate my National Park adventure with a full-fledged Florida experience. 

In the weeks approaching my long awaited departure date I decided to indulge in a mini FL road trip, visiting some of my favorite locations with some of my fa...

April 27, 2017

I have never done anything like this before. I have never published my thoughts, I have never put 1,426 miles between myself and my family for four months, and I have certainly never worked, lived, nor been to an island as remote as Isle Royale National Park.

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