The Nutty Hiker’s real name is Bridget Carlson. I was born in Dallas, Texas several decades ago to 2 hippies (not really, they just grew up in the 70’s, so that’s what I call them). I married into the Military fresh into adulthood and have lived up and down the east coast. Thankfully the Army sent us back to my home state and my husband Jerry will retire here. I am finally home for good, after almost a decade of being gone.
I have 4 awesome, super crazy, kiddos who range in age from 14-22, 1 son in law, and 2 fur babies that produce enough fur daily to make another dog.
I am the author of Dear Military Spouse, an advice column that I retired a couple of years ago that is now being published once again in my local paper as well as my Nutty Hiker / Ask Bridget column. I was also the National Military Marriage Examiner for Examiner.com for several years.
I am the former Editor of our local newspaper and a freelance journalist.
I also spend a lot of my time volunteering as the department secretary/photographer/auxiliary chairperson for our local volunteer fire department in Nolanville. Central Bell County Fire Rescue rocks by the way!
I love seafood, country music, classic rock, huntin’, muddin’, camping, target shooting (I own more guns than most men), the Dallas Cowboys, and of course hiking!
Hiking is something I have always loved to do so when we bought our house here in Harker Heights, Texas, the fact there were over 15 miles of hiking trails about 5 minutes away was a huge selling point! Bonus points to us for deciding to also retire here!
I absolutely LOVE capturing priceless moments on camera, and recording your life as it is today through photographs.
Time seems to pass more quickly these days before you know it, your children are grown up, and as we look in the mirror we see that we have aged ourselves. That is why I believe it so important to capture you and/or your family in the here and now.
I have had a camera in my hand since I was about 8 years old, and am a member of several professional organizations. I love candid photography, as I feel it is what truly tells a story. However, I also incorporate traditional poses into my sessions, so you get the best of both worlds. Waking up in the morning, knowing that I get to do what I love always gets me fired up. Clients that want to break out of the boring, everyday poses, just sets my heart on fire!
I have recently transitioned over to a fine art landscape & wildlife photographer. Creating beautiful gallery-worthy photos and having them displayed in people’s homes and offices melts my heart!
Why the name Nutty Hiker?
Nutty Hiker is my trail name that was given to me due to my antics and tall tales that I share after a hike on the trails. You can find some of those antics and stories here on my blog.
I absolutely love making new friends! You will find that my blog topics include a wide range of subjects. The main subject I talk about of course is hiking, however, I also talk about parenting and why I am a mean mama, as well as what it is like being married to a soldier with PTSD and just married to the military in general.
Love reading? So do I! In fact, you will also find reviews on current and past books I have read.
Or maybe you love to travel! We do as well and travel as often as we can, whether it’s an hour down the road or a 5000+ mile road trip up and down the western United States!
Fun fact: I am a professional photographer and have been for over 10 years! You can check out my work in the Store.
Fun fact #2: Sometimes as I am hiking, I randomly bust out dancing =)
Fun fact #3: I have a fascination with tornadoes and have since I was a small child. My youngest son has inherited that fascination!
Fun fact #4: Although I am a professional photographer, former newspaper editor, and spent most of my adulthood as a writer, I actually hold two college degrees (criminal justice and paralegal studies), neither of which I have used!