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Welcome Aboard! We Are Wayward Explorers! Welcome Aboard! We Are Wayward Explorers!
Please welcome our new ModernJeeper contributor/author and grand traveler Kristen and her beautiful traveling pal, Winter. The Editors HI! WE ARE KRISTEN & WINTER!... Welcome Aboard! We Are Wayward Explorers!

Please welcome our new ModernJeeper contributor/author and grand traveler Kristen and her beautiful traveling pal, Winter.

The Editors



HI! WE ARE KRISTEN & WINTER!

“Winter” is a sweet Siberian Husky pup and I’m a lifestyle/commercial photographer. Together we are @waywardexplorers.

Wayward is defined as headstrong, unpredictable, erratic, or conforming to no fixed rule or pattern. The word is deeply meaningful to us and perfectly represents the true heart behind what we do.

Roamers at heart, we’ve been “Jeepin” for almost two years now in our 2015 JKU Rubicon. Last Spring we lived out of the Jeep for an entire month while wheeling all over Utah and Colorado.

Most of our adventures include off-roading, overlanding and exploring places off the beaten path. Hiking has truly become such a form of therapy for us both. The mountains and desert are our happy places and we love encouraging others to get outside and find special places of their own.

Our story isn’t the typical “Instagram photographer” narrative. I didn’t join social media to become an influencer or to gain any following. Honestly this all happened because an anxious pup met an anxious human and somehow that makes us both wildly fearless.

I’ve dealt with anxiety most of my life and nothing ever seemed to help… that was until I met Winter. She was a ball of nerves the day I picked her up. I wondered if she would ever trust me or let me in. I didn’t know how to bond with her or break down the barriers she built. She’s come such a long way since then and even though I socialized her extremely well, still her fear of humans lingers occasionally in our daily lives.


I think the most unique thing about our relationship is that we compensate where the other is lacking. Winter has championed a courage in me that I never even knew existed. I’m constantly in awe of how we mutually challenge each other to push our own comfort zones.

She teaches me to be brave, I teach her that it’s OK to be tender. Our mutual worries are still to this day incredibly ironic to even me. Winter, or “Winnie” as we call her, will literally scale a mountains edge without hesitation, yet hide from a tall man at a coffee shop. I can travel across the country entirely by myself with zero fear, yet sometimes the thought of leaving my house is enough to spur a full on panic attack.

I guess my point is that we are all such complex beings. I think where we find solace most is in those who make us feel less alone, understood and allow us to be completely ourselves.

That’s Winnie and I: no false pretenses and nothing to hide from each other. It’s just her and I miraculously existing at the same moment in time and space, exploring together as divergent souls who have somehow found each other in all this chaos.

Let me just say, I feel incredibly thankful to be on this forum and writing for such incredible folks. The significance is not lost on me. I want to make this a positive and encouraging space to share our unique experiences with each other. I truly can’t wait to learn more from you all and follow your individual Jeeping journeys!


FOLLOW US AT: https://www.instagram.com/waywardexplorers/
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Kristen Frasca

  • Chuck Brinkley

    July 20, 2019 #1 Author

    Excellent read! Thank you for putting yourself out there for us to see. As one who also has struggles with anxiety I appreciate your courage!

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  • Corey

    July 20, 2019 #2 Author

    Thrilled to have you be a part of this awesome team!

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  • Harry

    July 21, 2019 #3 Author

    Kristen & Winter, welcome to the wild side of your selves. Challenging your own anxieties is a real challenge in life. I suspect you and Winter will find, over time, you have mellowed each other to some extent. I like your willingness to let us join you as you travel on the trails. Best wishes for your journey.

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    • Michael

      July 23, 2019 #4 Author

      Welcome you awesome wayward explorers!
      Beautiful and amazing souls being carried by two feet or four paws, may your adventures always be safe and looking forward to hearing and seeing your inspiring journeys on this planet.

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  • Danie

    July 22, 2019 #5 Author

    You are one of the most inspirational people I’ve ever met, Kristen! I am constantly in awe of your heart, strength and talent. Your example has inspired me to continuously push through the barriers I encounter in life and I am so thankful to have such an amazing role model. I love reading your stories and getting to witness your great successes in overcoming various obstacles. Congratulations on your newest venture—you’re already knocking it out of the park!

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  • Alyssa

    July 22, 2019 #6 Author

    Thank you for being so real. One of the main reasons why I love you so much. You are truly an inspiration and I can’t wait to see all the wonderful things you do!

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  • Michael

    July 23, 2019 #7 Author

    Welcome you awesome wayward explorers!
    Beautiful and amazing souls being carried by two feet or four paws, may your adventures always be safe and looking forward to hearing and seeing your inspiring journeys on this planet.

    Reply

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