She Explores

A Website for Inquisitive Women in the Outdoors, on the Road, and Besides.


Something happens to us when we step outside.

Whether it’s the act of lacing up our boots, the fresh air in our lungs, or the panorama of landscape – it inspires us to create and tell stories.

Who is she?

She is curious and ready-to-go; invariably planning her next endeavor. You could just as easily find her climbing in the mountains as rediscovering her home town. You might find her with a watercolor paint brush looking out at the lake, or with her adventure rig pulled over on the side of the road, camera poised.

She Explores is a growing resource for the creative outdoors woman.

We’ve featured more than 200 women’s stories, photographs and artwork. You can find a selection of talented women below.

She explores with an eye for color, an appreciation of technique, and a pull towards what’s next.


The Team

Gale Straub

Founding Editor-In-Chief

Gale Straub

I love landscapes and texture; patterns and history. I’m excited by variety in flavor and travel. I like to problem solve, whether the amount of light to let into a camera lens or how to budget a great adventure. See snippets of my work here.

My boyfriend and I set off in August 2014 on our own trek – ten months spent on the North American road in a Dodge Sprinter van. We’re off the road now, but you can find slices of our undertaking here, as well as interviews with other women on the road, landmark photo essays, artist features, gear reviews and more.


Hailey Hirst

Content Editor

Hailey Hirst

I am a writer and Idaho native. My heart beats for creative nonfiction, wilderness, and lakeside cabins. I’ve lived largely on the road for three years, motorcycle riding, camping in national parks, and sending postcards home from wherever I go. I love taking country roads instead of the freeway and waking up for sunrise.

My greatest adventure was a 20,000 mile motorcycle loop around the U.S. & Canada, completed in May 2016. You’ll still find me tent camping whenever possible, hiking in the Rockies, or home between trips working, writing, and trying my hand at calligraphy and graphic design. Find some of my creative work here.


Laura Hughes

Community Coordinator

Laura Hughes

Part-time city-dweller, part-time van-lifer, full-time creative soul with insatiable wanderlust. I’m an instant film enthusiast, a wannabe ukulele rock star, and I can make sense of the world over a good cup of tea. If you give me free reign in a gear shop, it’s safe to say that I will pick up a new hobby every single time. Running, biking, yoga, kayaking, and hiking are in my outdoor repertoire– lover of all, master of none– and my camera is my forever travel companion. Wherever I wander, it’s always within arm’s reach. Read how Laura built out her adventuremobile close to home ->

See more of Laura’s work on her portfolio siteInstagram, and her blog.


Stephanie Wright

Social Media Coordinator

Stephanie Wright

I am a Pacific Northwest native. I grew up in Washington’s Cascade foothills and always loved the activities that brought me outside (skiing, biking, camping), but I didn’t start appreciating the outdoors until I discovered hiking in college. I was instantly drawn to the serenity of the forest and the way it recharges my mind. I have a weird infatuation with thru hiking (but would never do it myself), can wiggle both my eyebrows and ears, and love early bedtimes.

I recently left my job in Seattle to make space to discover what’s next for me. For now I’m trying my hand at personal writing and photography, as well as helping with social media here at She Explores.


Consistent Contributors

New to the team!

Madison Perrins

Madison Perrins

I’m one of those creative types. I’m all about extracting meaning from experiences and translating it into art! Photography is my jumping off point for expression, and I love to experiment with image making. Nature, travel, growth, and the female essence are my inspiration. My life goal is to live in a tree house.

Read her thoughts on creating ->

See more of Madison’s work on her portfolio site and Instagram!

Kat Carney

Kat Carney

I photograph people living life in the outdoors. A Kansas native, I have called a variety of landscapes home, from the alpine tundra of Alaska, to the Mediterranean coast of Spain. These days I reside in sunny San Diego. Fun facts: I have hitchhiked from Alaska to San Francisco. Hippos are my favorite animal. And I always wanted to be left handed.

Read Kat’s thoughts on underwater photography ->

See more of Kat’s work on her portfolio siteInstagramTwitter, and Facebook!

Anna Leigh Flynn

Anna Leigh Flynn

I’m a writer and photographer. I spent my “college years” tilling soil, obsessing over heirloom vegetables and heritage poultry, baking pies and learning the art of fixing and breaking a long succession of late model cars/trucks/vans. After 25 years in the same small town in coastal Maine, I decided to pack up and hit the road. I headed West. Two and a half years later, I’m still heading West. I live now, more or less, in Los Angeles.

Read Anna’s meditation on travel ->

Find out more about Anna on her portfolio site and Instagram.

Miranda Leconte

Miranda Leconte

Born & raised in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Northern California, I had no choice but to fall in love with tall trees, open granite, and sub-alpine/alpine ecosystems. I’m a Wilderness Ranger for the U.S. Forest Service, so you’ll find me working hard to protect the United States’ most heavily visited Wilderness area per acre — Desolation Wilderness. I hold tight to the belief that outdoor travel and wilderness wandering is essential for a healthy being, so get out there & live!

Learn more about life as a ranger ->

See more of Miranda’s photography on her portfolio site, Instagram, and Snapchat.

Jaymie Shearer

Jaymie Shearer

I love to travel, ask people questions, and learn by doing. I am a California native with an obsession for redwood trees and the desert. You can find me with a camera at hand, out on the trail with a friend, or sitting in a coffee shop.

I snap photos about my life and share them here. I just finished traveling around the West, working on a photo-interview series featuring people, mugs, and community. Learn more at muglifeproject.com.

Megan McDuffie

Megan McDuffie

I’m a photographer, writer, and nomad currently exploring North America with my boyfriend Michael.

My interests on and off the road include cooking, perfecting the art of camp coffee, diving deep into whatever landscape I’m calling home this week, minimalist living, and navigating the challenges of building a business without reliable power or WiFi.

Learn more about life “Fresh Off the Grid”->

Find more of Megan’s work on her portfolio site,Instagram, blog, and her Snapchat.

Hallie Rose Taylor

Hallie Rose Taylor

I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, and have lived in Austin, Texas for the last 7 years. Enamored with travel and the outdoors from an early age, I have roamed extensively in the US with a focus on the Southwest, and in parts of South America. I am primarily a working artist and illustrator, but have long been fascinated with many disciplines such as psychology, philosophy, ecology, biology, cosmology, and metaphysics. Art became a natural means by which to explore those varied interests.

Dive into Hallie’s art ->

See more of her work via her website, blog, Dribble, and Instagram.

Sarah Attar

Sarah Attar

I am an artist and runner, living/training full time in Mammoth Lakes, CA. You can find me in constant wonder running through incredible landscapes that provide endless inspiration. I’m intrigued by this dialogue, where my athletic endeavors and creative pursuits intersect. The physical engagement with the environment often feels very creative, and I’m forever inspired by where my own two feet can take me.

Sarah documented her first marathon with a disposable film camera ->

Run the hills of California. Learn more in her portfolio, Instagram, and Twitter.


Madison Perrins

Madison Perrins

I’m one of those creative types. I’m all about extracting meaning from experiences and translating it into art! Photography is my jumping off point for expression, and I love to experiment with image making. Nature, travel, growth, and the female essence are my inspiration. My life goal is to live in a tree house.

Read her thoughts on creating ->

See more of Madison’s work on her portfolio site and Instagram!

Kat Carney

Kat Carney

I photograph people living life in the outdoors. A Kansas native, I have called a variety of landscapes home, from the alpine tundra of Alaska, to the Mediterranean coast of Spain. These days I reside in sunny San Diego. Fun facts: I have hitchhiked from Alaska to San Francisco. Hippos are my favorite animal. And I always wanted to be left handed.

Read Kat’s thoughts on underwater photography ->

See more of Kat’s work on her portfolio siteInstagramTwitter, and Facebook!

Anna Leigh Flynn

Anna Leigh Flynn

I’m a writer and photographer. I spent my “college years” tilling soil, obsessing over heirloom vegetables and heritage poultry, baking pies and learning the art of fixing and breaking a long succession of late model cars/trucks/vans. After 25 years in the same small town in coastal Maine, I decided to pack up and hit the road. I headed West. Two and a half years later, I’m still heading West. I live now, more or less, in Los Angeles.

Read Anna’s meditation on travel ->

Find out more about Anna on her portfolio site and Instagram.

Miranda Leconte

Miranda Leconte

Born & raised in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Northern California, I had no choice but to fall in love with tall trees, open granite, and sub-alpine/alpine ecosystems. I’m a Wilderness Ranger for the U.S. Forest Service, so you’ll find me working hard to protect the United States’ most heavily visited Wilderness area per acre — Desolation Wilderness. I hold tight to the belief that outdoor travel and wilderness wandering is essential for a healthy being, so get out there & live!

Learn more about life as a ranger ->

See more of Miranda’s photography on her portfolio site, Instagram, and Snapchat.

Jaymie Shearer

Jaymie Shearer

I love to travel, ask people questions, and learn by doing. I am a California native with an obsession for redwood trees and the desert. You can find me with a camera at hand, out on the trail with a friend, or sitting in a coffee shop.

I snap photos about my life and share them here. I just finished traveling around the West, working on a photo-interview series featuring people, mugs, and community. Learn more at muglifeproject.com.

Megan McDuffie

Megan McDuffie

I’m a photographer, writer, and nomad currently exploring North America with my boyfriend Michael.

My interests on and off the road include cooking, perfecting the art of camp coffee, diving deep into whatever landscape I’m calling home this week, minimalist living, and navigating the challenges of building a business without reliable power or WiFi.

Learn more about life “Fresh Off the Grid”->

Find more of Megan’s work on her portfolio site,Instagram, blog, and her Snapchat.

Hallie Rose Taylor

Hallie Rose Taylor

I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, and have lived in Austin, Texas for the last 7 years. Enamored with travel and the outdoors from an early age, I have roamed extensively in the US with a focus on the Southwest, and in parts of South America. I am primarily a working artist and illustrator, but have long been fascinated with many disciplines such as psychology, philosophy, ecology, biology, cosmology, and metaphysics. Art became a natural means by which to explore those varied interests.

Dive into Hallie’s art ->

See more of her work via her website, blog, Dribble, and Instagram.

Sarah Attar

Sarah Attar

I am an artist and runner, living/training full time in Mammoth Lakes, CA. You can find me in constant wonder running through incredible landscapes that provide endless inspiration. I’m intrigued by this dialogue, where my athletic endeavors and creative pursuits intersect. The physical engagement with the environment often feels very creative, and I’m forever inspired by where my own two feet can take me.

Sarah documented her first marathon with a disposable film camera ->

Run the hills of California. Learn more in her portfolio, Instagram, and Twitter.