Pamela Karanova of Lexington, KY considers herself to be a Wilderness Wellness Ambassador. This is a term she uses as she walks out her passion to explore nature, while adding wilderness play to her wellness toolbox.
Pamela’s wilderness journey began all the way back to her childhood, running and playing in the country fields and forest in Iowa. This is where she was born, raised and grew up until she moved to Kentucky in her late teen years. She might have left the country fields and forest in Iowa, but her love for the wilderness has never left her.
Pamela shares her journey in growing up as an adoptee, and nature being one of the few places that made her feel close to her biological mother. She didn’t have her name, and never saw her face, but somehow the trees and sky made her feel closer to her. Pamela also shares her childhood nature adventures were always an escape of shorts. Growing up in a less than conventional household, most days her safest place was outside amongst the majestic forest and wilderness running free. She shares her journey at Pamela Karanova.
As an adult, Pamela has spent many years exploring her great state of Kentucky, taking an exceptional interest in chasing waterfalls. Many people aren’t aware that Kentucky has over 600+ waterfalls which has been a dream come true for Pamela. As she sets off to explore, she’s always got her eye on a new waterfall, a new adventure into the wild. You can find these waterfalls listed at the amazing website Kentucky Waterfalls. She has a passion for taking others on her adventures with her, but she also likes to explore alone.
Pamela has had a long time fascination and admiration for naturalist, author and environmental philosopher, John Muir. She’s spent years reading his stories of his adventures into the wild. Learning he founded the Sierra Club on May 28, 1892, Pamela love’s what this organization stands for. As a way to give back to the wilderness that has given so much to her, Pamela joined the Sierra Club and she’s dedicated to serving out the mission of this organization in her local Kentucky Bluegrass Sierra Club chapter.
The Sierra Club’s Mission: “To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.”
Pamela is currently on the Executive Committee of the Sierra Club Bluegrass Chapter in Lexington, KY and she’s also the Online Outreach Coordinator. She’s active and volunteers for Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO) which is also an extension of the Sierra Club’s mission. ICO is focused on empowering youth from communities with limited access to connect and reconnect to the outdoors – for the benefit of both. ICO is a community outreach program providing opportunities for urban youth to explore, enjoy and protect the natural world.
As the adventures into the wild never seem to slow down for Pamela, she decided in August 2019 she was going to start documenting her adventures around her great state of Kentucky in hopes to inspire others to get outside and explore all the beautiful spaces, right here in our own backyards. This is when Into The Wild: KY was launched, and she’s been documenting her adventures as a part of her wilderness wellness routine.
It’s one thing to explore nature, and to give back but to share it with the world to inspire them is another thing Pamela enjoys. Her main goals is to not only share her love for nature, waterfalls and adventuring, but to share the positive impacts nature and the wilderness has on our mind, body and overall life. She gives wilderness wellness a big reason for bringing her healing to areas that she never thought would heal. She gives mother earth the credit, and considers the wilderness to be a playground waiting to be explored.
She hopes you consider following along, and enjoy her into the wild adventures, and consider making some of your own. Wilderness Wellness doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, and it doesn’t require a certificate or a college degree.
It’s available to every one of us, for free.
Wilderness Wellness Ambassador,
Pamela Karanova | Lexington, KY