The Shepherd Express
Cari Taylor-Carlson’s passionate memoir of Venture West
By Jenni Herrick
May. 17, 2016
Milwaukeean Cari Taylor-Carlson has always been wildly passionate about the outdoors and is no stranger to kayaks, camping tents or canoes. But after a painful divorce in the 1980s, she took her passion to another level when she abruptly left her suburban existence to found Venture West, an outdoor adventure travel company. In her new memoir, Life on the Loose: My Journey from Suburban Housewife to Outdoor Guide, this conversant Wisconsin writer provides a courageous and honest account of her 30-year business venture with Venture West, leading weeks-long group tours across the country to destinations ranging from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore to Zion National Park.