“Not a day goes by without my thinking of breaking free to the woods or mountains…”

A Little About Me…


My name is Soraya. I am a field biologist; naturalist; ecologist; star gazer; backpacker; meditator, forager; cat-lover; forest wanderer; animal protector; rain-dancer and river bather.

Next to being in the field and working with wildlife, I love to backpack and honor nature. This passion has led me through many wildernesses. I have hiked many places in New Mexico, Colorado, Oregon, California, Texas, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and Arizona. It is a humbling and challenging passion, and sometimes I get knocked off my feet but, I somehow manage to get back up. Not a day goes by without my thinking of breaking free to the woods or mountains. And I do break away, as often as I can!


As a field biologist I love recording observations from my hiking adventures as well as my field jobs. You can read about my field observations and experiences at The Wandering Naturalist journal.  The Wandering Naturalist is an ongoing field journal that will soon be seeing an increase in content with a possible upcoming Podcast in 2019, so check it out!

Stay close to nature and peaceful trekking, everybody!



2 thoughts on “About

  1. Ali Javad

    Hi Soraya,

    So great that you have the courage to live your passion.
    I am a 60-year-old male that used to hunt and hike a lot. Stopped hunting 25 years ago. For the past 10 years have been thinking of taking a desert hike/trip. Spend 30 days hiking and living in the desert with an eye on spiritual awakening, silent meditation and hearing out the universe. I am also a writer so I could also write. But the main point is to be alone with nature in silence and going deep within.

    I saw your blog on Baboquivari Peak Wilderness, do you recommend a trip through there? Are there any other spots that you may recommend? I can take 30 days anytime between January 1 to May 1, 2016.

    Many thanks for your help,



  2. Hi Ali,

    Thank you so much for stopping by. Baboquivari is a very special place. From what I’ve been told, many people from all over the world travel there for spiritual retreats. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to stay long when I visited but it is a special place I’d like to revisit someday. And I suspect I will. If you do go, I recommend finding a primitive campsite off the trail away from the main campground and hike as close to the peak as possible to find a peaceful area to meditate.

    If you do however run into James (the camp host), he can also recommend a place to retreat but beware, he is a talker, just in case you’re seeking solitude or silent retreat. Also, there is an area called Picture Rock with several pictographs. As well as a very special cave to the left of the campground which the natives consider a sacred place. You must hike to get to these places however. I believe the cave is only around a 30-45 minute walk from the campground.

    Another fanstastic thing about this area is the distance from city lights. I have always felt a special connection to the stars which can also help your spiritual endeavors. You’ll be able to see the Milky Way clearly there. It’s wonderful. I’m not sure if I could spend 30 days at Baboquivari however, since I like solitude and there is a chance you’ll get other campers or hikers visiting. The desert is a wonderful place for a retreat and there are so many places. I hope I’ve helped.

    Thank you again for stopping by my blog. I wish you all the best in your spiritual endeavors. Stay close to nature….


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