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Benjamin Douglas

Benjamin Douglas

On being an adventurer: “I travel the world. I spend most of my time and money going to countries. I’ve been to about 51 countries. I’ve gone all around the world and seen a whole bunch of different things and backpacked around Asia and Europe and I’ve been to all 50 states and I guess that makes me an adventurer. I’ve also been exploring Austin. Over the past two years, I’ve been trying to figure out what there is to do around here. Everything that classifies as weird or interesting and making a list of it and doing everything I can.”

Gay Storm

Gay Storm

On being bold: “I live life gleefully, I would say. I’m not one that studies something before I do it. I do it and then I sort of learn through the school of hard knocks and just winging it kind of thing. I think that Lady Bird was a fantastic first lady. She was bold in that she was an activist. She was really the first environmentalist first lady and the first activist first lady and that means taking charge, which is another thing I do. But that takes passion which I have. It takes creativity which I have. And it takes support and I’m so very blessed to have so many friends and a family that appreciates that aspect of me. “

Phillip Schulze

Phillip Schulze

On being an environmentalist: “I try to do little things that positively affect the environment and the natural world. For instance: picking up litter, river cleanups and last February I went to the big shell beach cleanup on Padre Island National Seashore which is an event where hundreds of people come together to volunteer to pick up all the trash on the beach. Trash is a big problem there but if you get a lot of people together and clean it up, it gives you a real positive feeling and you get a lot done with a lot of people. The same thing applies for the rivers here. I do a lot of canoeing and I’m real big on picking up trash. I’ll fill up my whole canoe up with trash and it’s kind of a rewarding thing. A lot of people are like, “Wow, you’re just picking up that trash? This isn’t your property, you don’t own this but you’re just picking it up?” And you can tell it kind of changes their perspective a little bit. I try to teach my kids that, too. It’s about caring about the little things not because you own it or because it’s yours but because it’s worth caring about.”

Elias Guerrero

Elias Guerrero

On being an adventurer: "I am an internationally certified yoga teacher and so I lived in India…in north India in the Himalayas. I lived in New York, the Bahamas. I’ve got to say the Himalayas is my favorite area. It’s basically on the China/India border — it’s extremely remote. So you have to study classical Sanskrit and classical yoga texts and practices, and I basically taught yoga in India. It was fun! I’d do it again in a heartbeat if I could… maybe someday in the future, if I can get back because I really enjoyed it."

Sierra DaSilva

Sierra DaSilva

On being an adventurer: “I did a lot of international traveling solo and I spent 9 months abroad doing volunteer farm work over the course of a 3 year span. I was in some rural villages in central Portugal and in rural southern Spain and it took me as far as Madeira Island. The kinds of things that I encountered in that situation really changed who I am as a person. I was doing a self-directed survey of permaculture techniques by working on those different farms to volunteer, but it was one of the most adventurous things that I have done because I was navigating all the time new places, major language barriers (my Portuguese is definitely not good) and just doing it all by myself.”

Frances Cushing

Frances Cushing

On being an adventurer: “I’ve just come back from three weeks up in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana camping. And I tent-camp with my husband. Everyone asks if I do RV but I don’t. So we were outside of Santa Fe and we were outside of Pikes Peak. This year there’s been so much rain everywhere that I’ve never seen Wyoming as green as it is with lots of wildflowers. Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone is covered with wildflowers and up in the mountains, too. We’d both look at all the wildflowers over there, and I always think of Mrs. Johnson. Mrs. Johnson always referred to them as the DYC’s (the “damned yellow composites”). Anyways, it’s a big adventure. We like hiking. We love getting up on the trails up in the mountains where it’s cool in the summertime.”

Daisy

Daisy

On being an adventurer: “Moving to Texas. I spent my first 25 years up in Washington State. I went to university up there. I was actually homeschooled on a farm. Went to college, became a social worker. After 5 years of social work, working with domestic violence survivors in a shelter,  I realized that there was more that I could do in the world than just that and that perhaps rather than helping the same people in the same small town over and over again that I could be doing something to be more a part of the community and to tell stories and to share and to raise awareness so I moved to Austin, Texas and started writing songs and that’s part of what brings me to Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. I come out here and work on songs and get inspired but what she did.”