I always like to ask people to describe themselves in five words. Why? I like to get the home fires burning and the brain neurons firing. It’s sometimes hard for a person to box themselves into five little adjectives, but Erin does not disappoint. She describes herself as Ambitious, Curious, Adventurous, Driven, and a Nemophilist. I had to look that last word up and here’s what I discovered:
Erin Hyde is also one of the Ambassadors for the Facebook group Adventure Some Women. It was started as a community for like-minded women to find others to adventure with, get tips and advice, post events, and just share stories. Not only does Erin find inspiration from doing this, she also inspires others to get outside and maybe, even become nemophilists themselves.
My name is Erin and I am addicted to adventuring. I was born and raised in Southern Pennsylvania where I lived for most of my life until I started my own adventure about two years ago and made a career and lifestyle choice to move to beautiful central Oregon. I am a single lady who fuels her fun by working as a research pharmaceutical chemist. My curiosity for the outside world has always been instilled in my soul since I was a child. My mother would have to drag me inside from playing outside when I was growing up because it was getting dark, or dinnertime. Ugh.
As a teenager I would watch the winter Olympics and it was then I wanted to learn how to do a snow sport. I joined our ski club in high school, started working at our local ski shop and became very interested in snowboarding. That sport has taken me around the country and Europe. It has given me the best friends someone could ask for and it genuinely made me happy and still does!
I then expanded my horizons, I started kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, a little bit of climbing and even joined roller derby. I would like to say I am not really stellar at all of my activities, but I get out there and I enjoy what I do.
Aside from her using .50 cent words to educate the rest of us, Erin is a pretty simple person. “I love being outside whether it be on a bike, sliding in the snow or just simply on my own two feet walking around. I would say there is always more time I could commit to going outside, but sometimes life gets in the way. My biggest passion is snowboarding, which is limited by when the mountain is open. But I hope to get more in to backcountry riding so the limit of the resort will be a non-issue!”
Sooooo, do you like your job?
I really do enjoy my job. I don’t let it encompass my life and the company I work for really understands the importance of a work/life balance. Just today I decided to take a walk on my lunch break and enjoy the beautiful weather and gorgeous mountain views. Working in the PNW where people value being outside has been a wonderful change to the rat race of the mid Atlantic. My work has led me to working on big name client pharmaceuticals that need pediatric dosing and formulation work. It’s my job to test potency, purity and dissolution of drugs that will meet FDA and client needs. It’s rewarding being part of the drug development team to help people in the long run.
What can you do today that you could not do a year ago?
Up and moving from everything you know to a new place where you don’t know a soul has definitely taught me to stand up for myself a little more. If I want to go out and do something, I just go. I have stopped letting myself talk me out of things I want to do, and that’s a big deal.
What would you regret not doing?
Travel. Hands down. I have always had the travel bug. I love seeing new places, even if it’s a town an hour down the road. There is always something new to see and learn. I eat the culture stuff right up!
When was the last time you traveled somewhere new?
I just recently went on a mini road trip to eastern Oregon, to explore Steens mountain and the Alvord desert with my main curiosity being the hot springs out there. A group of us left Bend early on a Saturday morning and headed east through the sage brush and gnarly juniper trees, quintessential high desert. After getting in to the foot hills of the Steens, our under maintained road turned to gravel and we scooted another 20 miles with the mountains on our right and the desert on our left. We pulled up to our campsite where the woman in charge told us we have the place to ourselves aside for the hunters coming and going. We set up camp on bluff overlooking the desert which gave us the best seat for a chilly mid-November sunrise. The hot springs were rustic to say the least. Two concrete poured pools, one protected from the desert wind by some old bullet holed metal and the other open to the elements. They steamed as we approached the shack. They were refreshing as we sat on old dryer drums and reminisced about our day. Such a fun weekend trip!
Have you done anything lately worth remembering?
Yes, I booked an amazing hiking trip in Peru with my best friend. It will be one of the biggest hikes I’ve ever done regarding the elevation gain. So right now I guess my memorable events have been taking the steps to get ready for that hike.
What does success mean to you?
Happiness. If you are surrounded by positive engaging people, have your health (as mom would say) and have a solid career that allows you to fund your fun and live the life you want to live. I’d say you’ve made it.
What are you doing to pursue your dreams right now?
I think taking the step to move to a place that has endless adventure was a big step in making my dreams come true.
What are you most scared of?
I have always been scared of not being able to explore. The travel bug is not something I plan on losing and if anything were to happen to stop my travel, I would be heart broken.
What are you most proud of?
I’m proud of who I have become. A no nonsense gal enjoying her life here on this earth. Coming from a small town in Pennsylvania I was raised to see no boundaries, I have always been encouraged to go after what I want. You betcha, that’s what I do!
Where would you like to live?
Right where I am. It was a tough decision to move but very worth it. Sometimes jumping out of our comfort zone opens up a whole new door we never could have imagined. I feel like no matter where I go or end up I will always make the most of it.
What bad habits do you want to break?
Bad eating. Food has been my vice and it has slowed me down when it comes to doing the things I love. I need to learn how to balance my love of dessert and how hard I want to ride on the mountain.
If you were someone’s life coach, what would you tell them?
So cheesy, but you can do it. I am really a master of none. I enjoy so many things but I’m not necessarily really good at any of them, I just enjoy the experiences. So I would urge those to always try something new. I can’t tell you how many times I have people tell me I do so many fun things. Well, what is stopping you? Don’t live vicariously through others, get out there! You’ll realize all of the anxious energy will disappear!
Fun and furious questions:
- If you could do it all over again, would you change anything? No regrets.
- How old would you be, if you didn’t know how old you are? 23
- What activity makes you lose track of time? Snowboarding
- Best cheat indulgence? Gimme all the sweets!
- If you could only speak one word today, what would it be? Hope!
Thank you Mo for your inspiration and being my most favorite adventuring buddy. I love you.
Erin, I always have you in mind whenever I question an adventure. I can always imagine you saying YES, which spurs on my spirit. I love you, too.
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Much love and Aloha,
your Erin and I like to be weird clueless wanderer