Birth Name: Kylena Cross
I have heard that originally my parents thought I was going to be a boy. So they picked out the name Kyle for me. When they realized I was actually a girl, despite all the boy vibes I was giving them, they made the name more feminine by adding the ‘na’ at the end!
Trail Name: BoobOnARock
I earned this name on my section hike on the AT through Georgia. And it involved falling…on a rock. My take is that it is worthy of someone creating an alcoholic fancy drink in its honor. We have a drink called “sex on a beach”. I implore you people: why not a drink called “boob on a rock”? Heh…heh…
Real job (the one that makes money): Program Manager of Developmental Math at Frederick Community College
I started my professional career as a pet groomer…moved on to own my own grooming shop. I loved it, but knew I had other passions I needed to chase. So I sold my shop and went back to school. Earned a BS in Mathematics from the University of Maryland, in addition to a BS in secondary education. Taught high school for 9 years during which I picked up a master’s at Johns Hopkins. I felt like public school wasn’t equipped to use the talents I had to their fullest so I started branching out … becoming an adjunct instructor at FCC. While at FCC my current position came up. It was perfect! Spoke to my passion and I love, love, love it! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Volunteer job #1: I groom rescue animals for the Animal Welfare League of Frederick County. I have also raised two litters of rescue kittens (bottle feeding!)
Volunteer job #2: I am a hike leader for the Maryland Trail Dames. This is a wonderful group dedicated to getting women on the trail, building their confidence for hiking and back packing, and mostly letting them find their inner super hero!
Passion: I am a hiker and back packer. I would spend a quarter to half the year, every year, on the trail if it was feasible.I cannot put into words what walking into the woods does for me.
I am section hiking the Appalachian Trail which is great fun!
Where I have lived: I am from southern Indiana. I lived in San Antonio, Texas for a while and now live in Maryland.
Where I would like to retire: The Shenandoah Valley, somewhere between Front Royal and Luray. 🙂 But they have to get the freedom to marry thing worked out. My partner and I are married, we just cannot live in a place that does not legally recognize that marriage (causes too many issues for us both legally and emotionally).