Rachel travels constantly – she is transported around the world every day through the storytelling of a group of travelers, writers, and photographers she feels privileged to work with as Managing Editor for The Ambler. Since childhood, Rachel has been discovering the world through books – Bronte invited her to explore England’s misty moors; Mishima took her to the sacred temples of Kyoto; Tolstoy introduced her to the Russian countryside… and Amble Resorts’ own story – beginning with the discovery of Isla Palenque and continuing as a mission to bring other discerning travelers to the island’s shores – was a pretty remarkable one for her to walk into.
All this fanciful nonsense aside, Rachel has seen most of the continental US, Mexico, and the Caribbean islands: she’s hiked down into the Grand Canyon, climbed up the steps of Chichen Itza, camped along the French Broad River, and stuck a limb in each of the Four Corners on her family’s “UtahVegaZona” trip. She’s also had the honor of singing with a Madrigal choir at the Vatican, and everything she’s seen of Europe has left her craving more.
More than any other aspect of travel, Rachel loves to be humbled by the arresting beauty of larger-than-life landscapes. At age 8, Montana’s Big Sky Country opened wide her eyes, and ever since she has closed them to dream of her return. Living in Eugene, Oregon for a year confirmed her romance with the Pacific Northwest, and for some time now she has been claiming that her “retirement plan” is to become a Yellowstone park ranger.
Awkward wildlife moment: Waking up to find the tent surrounded by sleeping bison and having to wait until they decided to get up.
Favorite traveling-with-friends trip: Rome-Sorrento-Capri with my two best girlfriends right after the three of us graduated from high school.
Recommended in-flight reading: Travels with Charley by Steinbeck. Works on Amtrak and Greyhound, too.
Journey I’d most like to take: Retracing the route taken by Lewis & Clark and the rest of the Corps of Discovery.