Owner and Lead Adventure Guide
As the owner of A Time To Keep LLC, Yvonne strives to provide opportunities for the individual by constructing a framework of confidence, education and leadership to those who are pursuing outdoor adventure. Yvonne works hard at unfolding the hidden treasures of grace and beauty found within each person by awakening and strengthening ones positive awareness of self, creativity & knowledge. Yvonne loves outdoor adventure travel and is devoted to sharing it with others. In a comfortable atmosphere, her trips have the special potential to foster camaraderie, trust, artistry, freedom, team building, fellowship, fun and the learning of new skills. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve and teach others and is passionate about telling her story of her past experiences and knowledge to help other’s become courageous, self-reliant, and inspired to encounter and enjoy the splendor of the outdoors.
Yvonne began her own outdoor backpacking adventures nine years ago and within that time she has section hiked the beloved Appalachian Trail. Mainly as a solo female hiker she has gone on to also complete the Benton MacKaye Trail, Long Trail, Mountains to Sea Trail, Superior Hiking Trail, John Muir Trail and the southern portion of the Eastern Continental Trail (ECT) hiking from Key West in the Florida Keys to the Appalachian Trail in northern Georgia. The ECT consists of the Florida Trail hiking through the Everglades and the Alabama and Georgia Pinhoti Trails. She has also completed the Knobstone Trail of Indiana, the Art Loeb Trail…one of North Carolina’s most difficult trails, the Foothills Trail and has backpacked many a mile on the Sheltowee Trace and the Buckeye Trail.
As a native of Dayton, Ohio her passion for the outdoors was developed through the Five Rivers MetroParks where she participated in hiking and backpacking excursions. A mother of three grown daughters and a grandmother of four grandchildren Yvonne takes great pleasure in nourishing those relationships. Active in her local church, leading small groups for women, mission trips to India and South Africa and being involved in the community, Yvonne is committed to helping others. She loves beaches, mountains, the sun on her face and a gentle breeze blowing through her hair. Yoga, TRX, reading, dancing, organizing, decorating, planning, cooking and loving life…Yvonne is an eclectic woman!
Yvonne is certified in CPR/AED, Wilderness First Aid and is a Wilderness First Responder. Currently she is taking a course to sharpen her knowledge as a naturalist and is a Leave No Trace Trainer. Yvonne has completed the Level I Wilderness Safety and Survival Course through Nature Reliance School. She has worked side by side with Andy Niekamp, owner and Chief Adventure Officer of Outdoor Adventure Connection for several years and continues to lead women’s courses through his company. She provides presentations of her backcountry experiences for Girl Scouts, Women’s Clubs and outdoor enthusiasts alike.