Meet Emily

Meet Emily

From Great Outdoor Store
Meet Emily


Where are you from?  What brought you to Sioux Falls, and or What do you love about Sioux Falls?

I grew up in Des Moines, Iowa before moving to Brandon with my family in 6th grade. I am currently entering my Senior year at the University of Sioux Falls, majoring in Psychology and Art. I love the community of Sioux Falls—there's always a friendly face around! I also love the food scene, I think exciting things are happening.

What are your top two outdoor activities and why?

My top outdoor activities are hiking/snowshoeing and biking/kayaking. I just love to be outside, and these activities don’t require too much advance preparation. I like instant gratification, so just as soon as I decide I want to be doing one of these activities I can be! Though I love summers in South Dakota because it’s easy (and not painful) to be outside, snowshoeing makes the long winters bearable and beautiful.

What is the favorite place that you have traveled to and why?

It’s a toss up for my favorite travel spot between the North Shore of Lake Superior and Oahu, Hawaii. I love both places for very similar reasons: gorgeous scenery, hiking, biking, and kayaking, really good donuts and fresh fish to eat! I will say that it’s nice to be in water that doesn’t numb your body upon contact, but I also have a deep and abiding love for pine trees, so the tie is perpetuated…

What is your favorite part of working at GOS?

My favorite part about working at GOS is all the parts. But really, I love my coworkers, my bosses, the gear, the customers, and even our old building! It’s exciting to be a part of preparing someone for their own adventure, and it’s wonderful to be surrounded by like minded people who are just as excited about a spontaneous camping trip or cross country skiing adventure as I am!

If you were stranded on a desert island, and only had 3 foods to have with you, what would they be?

If I was stranded on a desert island I would need a burrito, queso, and tortilla chips. I swing between living for Mexican food and living for sushi, but I think if I’m on a desert island the fish population surrounding me will be available to tackle my sushi cravings. (Especially if I can’t get a fire going, ya feel?) Can I also bring a margarita? 

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