All who wander are not lost. -JRR Tolkien

War Eagle Cave

Exhausted after ascending out of War Eagle Cave – Photo Credit: Tom Beasley

My name is Erika Wiggins. One of the many gifts my parents gave me is a love for adventure travel. I set sail for the South Pacific with them when I was 4 years old. After a brief return to the United States, we set sail again, this time in the Caribbean and South America. I earned my first pilot’s certificate while in the US Virgin Islands at 17 years old.

For me, travel is life. For over 25 years I have been flying, backpacking, caving, diving, camping, and rappelling. To fund my passion I have worked as a flight instructor, corporate pilot and firefighter/ EMT.

However, my life hasn’t always been full of adventure. In 2005, I threw myself headfirst into the corporate-rut as a commercial real estate broker. Working 80 hours a week, without days off, I reached the brink of sanity. If I did take a vacation, I still worked on the road. I began blogging in 2008 as a way to escape – at least mentally. The more I wrote, the more I knew something had to change. By 2009, I was back out on the trails, kayaking and crawling around in caves. Yup, I even turned off my phone… I learned to live on less money and scaled back my business to allow more freedom.

I mostly travel solo except for the company of a Nikon D7000 and a couple of lenses. In addition to writing about adventure travel, I draw on my medical background to educate readers on health and safety in the outdoors.


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  1. I can’t wait to see and hear more about your adventures. More importantly I really am looking forward to TAG. I hope to fill myself to overflowing with the stories of exploration from some really great cavers of what I think of as the “last great frontier”! Pam

  2. Just an idea for a trip – the Ravine Gardens in Palatka — GREAT trails and gorgeous azalea blooms coming soon! I think you would enjoy it if you haven’t already been. 🙂

    Nice blog site, btw.

    Good luck!


  3. Erika,

    You have a very nice web site, and I am glad to have discovered it. I found it as a link from a Tweet by @OverlandExpo. And frankly, the very first thing that caught my eye was your header photo. Is that a Cessna 180 flying through the mountains? Although I have not flown for years, being a tail dragger pilot myself, the 180 was my dream plane. Now, I just seem to motorcycle around the country a little bit. I’ve subscribed to your e-mail, and am looking forward to future posts. –Brent

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