Summer was born in the rural mountains of East Tennessee to a Navy man and a Buddhist vagabond. She spent the majority of her childhood getting lost in the hay fields of her family’s farm, learning how things grow, and reading every book she could get her hands on. Though she was born in the South, her dad’s job meant that Summer was raised up and down the East Coast. Before moving to Colorado, she had lived in five states, two countries, and ten cities, but she is excited to call Fort Collins her home and to establish roots in the community.
Summer got a taste for international travel after spending a summer living with her mom in a small town in Tuscany where she experienced a world of new cultures, art, and tasty foods. By this time, her love for the open road and her passion for museums and history had become well established. She would later move back to Italy to study art crime and to work for a cultural heritage nonprofit. Her time abroad taught her about patience and humanity and about the material traces we leave in our wake. Summer also learned about how our symbols of culture and place, which need protecting, help us to define ourselves in a way that defies language, boundaries, and even time. Her updated life goals include thru-hiking Spain’s 100-year old Caminito Del Rey, free climbing the rose granite of Sardegna (again) and solving the theft of Van Gogh’s Poppy Flowers.