Katrina has been a nurse since 1997 and continues to work in a hospital setting through this extremely challenging time in health care. She began scuba diving, dabbling in underwater photography and traveling internationally in 2000, mostly solo and backpack style to the less traveled countries of Cuba, Mozambique, South Africa, Egypt, Tahiti and the Philippines. Some of her favorites include Palau, Truk island's shipwrecks, and the island of Roatan where she lived and worked as a Divemaster for several months in 2004. Around that same time she began diving the shipwrecks of Isle Royale and caught the shipwreck bug. She started tech diving 10 years ago and continues to dive and photograph as many of the Great Lakes shipwrecks as she can with her partner Steve Wimer II, including newly discovered wrecks by writer and shipwreck hunter Ross Richardson. In addition to traveling and diving she loves backpacking the rugged forest of the Superior Hiking Trail along the North Shore of Lake Superior. She is also an active dog foster for Wags and Whiskers Animal Rescue and currently resides with four big furry misfits that she loves very much! :)
For many people, including myself, traveling is our livelihood. It keeps us excited to connect to different cultures, experience new things, dip in the ocean and it helps renews us. However, this pandemic has put a major damper on travel, and with all of the travel restrictions it is often difficult to know what is allowed or what is expected of us. I don’t have all the answers but have continued to travel during these past 2 years and can share some knowledge, online resources, and some considerations along with some stories and photos from our most recent trips to Cozumel, Playa Del Carmen, Roatan and Belize as well as some tips from friends of mine who continue to travel around the world as things slowly open up.