A Few Words About Me

Sliding down the mountain on the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail

Sliding down the mountain on the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail

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).


25 thoughts on “A Few Words About Me

  1. […] Girl Gone Hiking – we may be on opposite coasts but enjoy similar things! […]

  2. Hi, I’ve just nominated you for the Liebster award 🙂 feel free to accept it or not (I know how much time it takes out of our busy days to reply), here is the link: http://smilinginsonoma.wordpress.com/2014/12/21/402/
    Happy Holidays!

  3. BoobOnARock says:

    Thank you! I accept this challenge, oops, award! 😉 not sure I know how to do a ping back…got some homework to do. 🙂

  4. kalkal55 says:

    Love your blog! Can’t wait to make it out East to hike. Keep up the great work and hike on! 🙂

  5. Thanks for the like of my blog. I appreciate it! 🙂

  6. JC says:

    Thanks for the ‘like’… Just Like Church, I love your site and your story. I will be back to read some more!

  7. Uschi says:

    Thanks for following Sawyer’s adventures! Looking forward to reading more of your blog! ~Uschi

  8. Amura says:

    Amazing blog, loved reading and hope to continue to read! If you ever come back up to Pennsylvania, try out Rickett’s Glen! It’s 33 miles west of Wilkes-Barre, and probably one of the best day hikes I’ve ever been on.

  9. chieftaleshaker says:

    Glad you liked our post. Happy to hear you’ve found your dream job, too. My daughter got a B.S. in poli sci, discovered that she loved teaching while working as an aid, went back and got her credential to teach math and science, and now works with returning students at an alternative school in Portland, OR. She and her wife are quite happy and accepted there.

  10. Love your site and passion for hiking. Really neat that you are a hike leader for the Maryland Trail Dames. I need to find a similar group in PA!

  11. Just discovered your blog and look forward to following you. I live in Southwest Virginia and the hiking down here is also excellent! BTW, you should be legal in Virginia now. 🙂 Karen

  12. Faye says:

    Why choose Shenandoah Valley? I always thought it I was an American I’d want to live in Burlington, VT. Pretty sure they have the right laws there too 🙂

  13. Vickijo Sumner says:

    I am new to hiking and I already feel a deep passion for it! I’m from Evansville and ironically two of my sons live in Terre Haute! I’m driving up for a day visit tomorrow et was researching where I could hit some trails in my way back! 😊 That’s where I found a link to your blog as I was trying to find trail maps for Fowler Park

  14. Terri Tabur says:

    Awesome and inspirational. I am in a women’s group of 4, over 50, women. We decided to section hike the AT. ( I know. Zero to Absurd in a microseconds. Lol)

    Would love to email you some questions for advice.

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