Leslie Vasquez
Living the Dream!

"I hear and forget.
I see and remember.
I do and understand." ~ Chinese Proverb as quoted by Moshe Feldenkrais

“This we know. The earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is but a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web he does to himself.” ~ Chief Seattle (1780-1866), Leader of the Suquamish and Duwamish Native American tribes

Leslie Vasquez kayaks, camps, backpacks, horseback rides, paddle boards, hikes, snowshoes, caves, treks, climbs, canoes, etc.

She is an on-call tour guide and naturalist at Black Chasm Caverns, a National Natural Landmark. She leads both the regular 1 hour walking tours through the caverns (explaining both the history of the place and the geology of the formations and how they were formed) and the 4-hour adventure tours (rock climbing through tunnels and 30-foot rappel and ropes course). Contact Black Chasm at 209-296-5007 for an adventure tour or regular tour. Leslie is often requested and if she is available that day, she will come give your tour.

In the past, Leslie was a volunteer Wilderness ranger working with the Stanislaus National Forest and Mokelumne Wilderness, El Dorado National Forest. She is Wilderness First Aid Certified through NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School), a certified Leave No Trace Trainer, and CPR/Defibulator certified.

Leslie also worked one year as an outdoor guide for a hiking adventure company.

She has lead several groups on historical excursions, geological treks, and day hikes and snowshoe outings.

She took her baby (15 months old) alone into the High Sierras backpacking between Carson Pass and Echo Pass Summit along the Pacific Crest Trail one night. Then at 16 months, took that same baby 3 days/2 nights from Echo Lakes backpack trekking through the Desolation Wilderness to Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe. And finally took her at 17 months old on a 6 day trek alone from Ebbetts Pass to Carson Pass.

She also loves to kayak-camp around Lake Tahoe following the Lake Tahoe Water Trail.

If you come across her on the trail, you will often find her picking up trash as she goes to keep the wilderness clean.

Soon Leslie will lead art and paint adventures on hiking trails in the High Sierra Mountains hosted through the Amador County Recreation Agency (ACRA).

For information about an outing with Leslie or questions about the outdoors, contact Leslie at leslie@leslievasquez.net or call her cell at (775) 303-5844.

Photo credits: Closeup of Leslie with baby in backpack and in kayak by Bill Lavallie. Photos of Leslie in dress carrying kayak by Vince Murdock.


Trail and kayak selfies.

COMING SOON to this page ... articles on excursions. Will be linked in the column to the left.


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