Sara’s love of the outdoors
Born the daughter of a preacher and a teacher, one may wonder why Sara likes to talk, thus the name Talks-A Lot-Tours. Growing up in California, the family tent camped throughout the state at nearly every national and state park, with winter camping in the Borrego Desert. Sara’s first love in life was Yosemite National Park. For six high school and college summers, Sara worked as a backpacking guide. She escorted youth ages 10-16 on five-day trips into the backcountry of Yosemite. Her fondest memories included scaling the back side of Half Dome, to Tuolumne Meadows and Clouds Rest. In camp, Sara instructed canoeing on Bass Lake.
Educator and Guide
Sara is an educator on many levels. She taught sewing for Stretch N Sew Fabrics during the knit years in the 1970’s. She lived on a 25 acre Junior High School agriculture farm and taught animal husbandry and horticultural skills during the 1980’s. Sara also starting up her own macadamia nut tree nursery. The 1990’s moved Sara to Southwest Colorado where she has taught high school Social Studies for the past 25 years.
Mesa Verde Interpretive Guide
Sara landed an Interpretive Tour Guide job for the summers at Mesa Verde National Park. Twelve of her 24 years with the park concessionaire, Sara supervised over 1500 commercial interpretive tours annually. She provided choreography of the tours to training, evaluating, and scheduling her team of guides. Sara also created evening slide show programs and a 30 station scavenger hunt in the park’s campground. Since then, Mesa Verde has become Sara’s lifelong love and passion to teach Pueblo archaeology and cultural history out of doors to “willing learners.” In 2016, Sara led her Interpretive Guide team to win the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence in the Adventure category. Sara would like to thank you in advance for inviting her on vacation, so she may share her backyard, a World Heritage Site, Mesa Verde National Park, and Monuments.