I am a southern girl who fell hard for Estes Park and RMNP! I basically live in the mountains for fun, for work, for mental health therapy. I found Estes at my very lowest in life and through hiking I've been able to self treat my anxiety and depression without the need for pharmaceuticals, which for me wasn't an option. These mountains gave me life again quite literally and I'll never stop thanking them for that! If I could share with one person who is suffering with depression or anxiety the magic that these mountains have worked on me, then I would be a very happy camper! Find me on Facebook as Brooke Michiels or IG as @.happycamperphotography or my websitwebsite bhappycamperphotography.com
Growing up in a large midwestern family, our idea of a good time was camping, boating, and exploring the outdoors. In 1975, I spread my wings and rode my bicycle to Colorado – loved it so much I never left. I studied Natural Resource Management, Wildlife Biology and Earth Sciences at CSU and feel in love with geology - it has been my passion ever since.
Over the past 40+ years I’ve been exploring, adventuring, and training for bigger mountain adventures in RMNP. Hooked on adventure but needing to secure my future in a tough labor mkt for geologists, I earned a master’s in business at CSU and worked for Hewlett Packard for several decades traveling the world, living in Europe and adventuring in the mountains. My free time has been spent technical rock climbing, mountaineering, skiing, backpacking, bicycle touring, mountain biking and river raft guiding. Educating my friends, family and volunteering as a ranger and a naturalist has kept me connected to my passion.
My friends call me Ranger Rod - as “I’ve never met a rock I didn’t like”. When younger my mantra was “It doesn’t have to be fun…to be fun”. In retirement my new life goals are to be around good energy, grow my knowledge of the natural world and to go on more Type 1 fun adventures (i.e. limited suffering and fear of mortality – both prevalent in the Type 2 and Type 3 fun of my past).
Looking forward to adding our adventure together to our joint life experiences.
Tara has hiking engraved in her soul! When she’s not working with dogs and running her own business, you can always catch her outdoors! She lived in Colorado from 2015 to 2018 and fell in love with Rocky Mountain National Park. After living in Maryland for 5 years, she has now come back to Colorado full time with her husband, 3 stepsons and her 2 doggos to stay! She spends her free time leading hikes for a women’s empowerment organization Hikerbabes where her chapter is based out of Denver area. Her goal is to hike every trail within RMNP and explore every U.S. National Park!
Bigfoot Kenny Collins
Kenny Collins has been a Bigfoot Researcher for over 30 years and is a regular presenter at Bigfoot conferences. The majority of his research experience has been investigating Bigfoot in the field. He has had four close encounters with Bigfoot during his treks in the wild. He started in the Pikes Peak region of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and has investigated many areas including Estes Park, Colorado and areas in Nebraska. Ken has taken many casts of Bigfoot prints and one of his prints is currently the largest found in Colorado. He has castings certified by the BFRO (Bigfoot Research Organization). He is continuing his research to include trackways and portals which he has witnessed during his investigations. He is currently writing a book about his adventures. Kenny knows the best spots for Squatchin' around Estes Park so book a tour with him today! His tours start at Squatchy Donuts and include a Bigfoot meal for each guest! If you haven't heard of Squatchy you are missing out check them out here:
I started Full Potential Wilderness during 2020. Covid-19 hit and boy did it hit our little mountain town hard. Everything closed, even the national park. In a time I needed hiking the most, so many trails were closed. This had me exploring all of the forest, wilderness, and state land that was still open to hikers. Which ended up being awesome because I discovered even more trails than I could have ever imagined. I hiked my way through 2020, keeping my mental health in check, through rain, sleet, and snow quite literally, with one goal in mind, to survive that year. And I did, but I did so much more than that. I THRIVED. I lead free small socially distanced hikes for others, created some fun content in the process with my photography and videography, and by the start of 2021 we were ready to fully launch Full Potential Wilderness. I am proud to be formed in a Pandemic, forged through 2 of Colorado's largest wildfires, and Women Owned! So let me show you why I love Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park so much and let me help you reach your FULL POTENTIAL! Find us on Facebook as Full Potential Wilderness, our Facebook group Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park Adventures, IG @Fullpotentialwilderness, TikTok @fullpotentialwilderness, email [email protected].