All About Danie

All About Danie

It has been such a privilege getting to know so many new friends and faces over the course of Nihmh’s and my journey together. It’s humbling to know that so many of you enjoy our photos and our stories enough to loyally follow along on our adventures. Through this new series, I hope you’re able to get to know the girl behind the lens, and the words you see daily, a little better each month. I would love to get to know each of you more on these topics as well, if you would like to share your experience in the comments below.

What is your dream in life?
I have been a dreamer for as long as I can remember and a believer that you can make anything happen–you just have to believe. When I was younger, my dream was to be a horse trainer… a dream that involved into gentling wild horses to prepare them for their next adventure. When my health declined to the point of disability, my time working with horses became drastically limited. I am so grateful for our own herd of wild horses and love the time I still get to spend with them, even if just being present in the moment with them.

My current dream in life is to simplify our belongings so that we are able to travel on the open road with our four dogs. My husband has been taking note from various “van lifers” and we think it would be one of the perfect ways we can travel while blogging. Our ranch will always be our homebase, but I would truly love to see more of North America’s gorgeous destinations and get out into the wild, all while documenting our life story on the blog.

What is your ultimate travel destination?
When I was younger, I had grandiose dreams of traveling across Europe, from Ireland to France, basking in the European culture. As I’ve gotten older, married and with my health declining, my desires have been to stay closer to “home.” I would absolutely LOVE to travel to Canada and Alaska. I’m not sure if there are more beautiful places here in the Lower 48, not to mention all of the Canadians I have met are absolute sweethearts. One of my favorite shows happens to be Heartland which is an Canadian horse show that is such a wonderful, appropriate family choice in this day in age. If you want a taste of the stunning Canadian scenery I am talking about, be sure to check out our friends @wandering.nova, @thenortherndogs and @canadianhusketeers on Instagram.

Where is your favorite place to go to unwind?
There is no better place I’ve found than the forest. When we first moved to Springville, we took a horseback ride up the mountain in the Sequoia National Forest. I have never felt as though I had gone so far back in time as I had on that trail ride. It felt like we were in a fairytale with the golden light shining through the trees, illuminating the small bugs floating around various beautiful plants and flowers. Aside from the very narrow trail, it felt as if man had never touched this part of the world… and it was glorious. We’re so saturated in technology now (which given my profession, I do have a certain appreciation for), but there is nothing quite like getting back to basics. Breathing in the crisp mountain air, listening to the sounds of nature abuzz and feeling the weight of the world slowly lifting from your chest, your shoulders… your heart. That, my friends, is my favorite place in the entire world. Period.


5 thoughts on “All About Danie”

  • It’s awesome being able to get to know you a bit more every day through your blogs! If you ever come to Canada, you’ll have to be sure to visit!

    • Aww, thanks so much Samantha! We definitely have Canada in our sights for future travel plans. We’d love to get together with you and Mocha!

  • Wow sounds like your living the dream! I would love to travel too but sadly my health does hold me back a bit as well 😝 I love hearing your experiences and now I have to go to sequoia! I love getting to know you better! ♡

    • Aww, we can do it!! There’s always a way to adapt and make things work. Sometimes it just takes a little longer to figure out. Definitely come visit us with your kiddos and we’ll make the trek up the mountain! It’s a blast and so relaxing.