Dr. Betsy Dresser and Nancy Walters met 20 years ago while working at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Betsy was the founder and Director of the Center for Research of Endangered Wildlife and Nancy was a cat trainer with the Cat Ambassador Program. Needless to say, a common interest in wildlife and nature is shared.
A move to New Orleans, Louisiana came after Betsy accepted the job of Senior Vice-President/Research at the Audubon Nature Institute in 1996 and the Director of the then newly formed Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species.
After moving to Louisiana, Nancy finished her studies at Louisiana State University with a Master’s degree in Wildlife Science and began working as a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and later with the National Park Service.
After 10 years with the government, Nancy had a radical career shift and followed her passion into the culinary field. While attending culinary school she worked for Audubon Nature Institute Catering and then switched to renowned Chef John Besh’s The American Sector.
No introduction to us would be complete without you meeting "Spirit" our young Labrador retriever. We got her from Black Rock Labradors as an 8-week old bundle of joyous fur. Many people laughed at us when we said we were going to raise a puppy in a motorhome and wished us good luck. Spirit quickly got the nickname "Angel Dog" as she has never once chewed a wire, a carpet, furniture, cabinet, etc. Although she has been known to dig up a campsite or two! She is a great companion and has adjusted perfectly to living in a motorhome.
Needless to say, travelling seems to always provide gracious inspiration that allows the soul to feel and the mind to wander. We sold our belongings, stored the remainder and have decided that our travels will lead us to a new place to settle. Where that is …. we don’t know, nor does it matter at this point in time. That is the fun of the adventure. In the meantime, we will be chasing sunsets, photographing rainbows, kayaking and watching glorious sunsets (and eating lobster!).