In the early ‘90s a friend took me on my first true Boundary Waters canoe camping trip – a group of women. The camaraderie, the laughter, the solitude for reflection, the joyful teamwork as we gently paddled and portaged the wilderness…I WAS HOOKED!
I’ve now racked up some 20+ years of wilderness trail experience, leading groups in the BWCAW, and other outdoor pursuits, in all seasons. I hold CPR and WFA (Wilderness First Aid) certifications (also have Advanced Scuba Diver cert, including Rescue level). I hold a special use permit from the USFS (United States Forest Service) to outfit and guide on the Superior National Forest. I continue to update my own training and certifications (you never stop learning!). I will hold all future guides within my company to the same high standard of safety certifications and on-going training.
I’ve had a life-long appreciation for the outdoors! Born and raised Minnesotan, I’ve always hunted, fished, camped, hiked, biked, paddled, and explored the outdoors.
Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from the University of Minnesota; Theatre Arts major/English minor. Married since ’77 – yes, to the same man – Dean Barrett. We have two grown children, a daughter and a son.
Career path history: Director – high school, community college, and community theatre, Costume Designer – Mpls/St. Paul and greater MN, On-Camera and Voice-Over Artist for television/radio/training/marketing industry based in Mpls/St. Paul but reaching around the country, Owner/CEO/Agent NUTS, ltd. (Non-Union Talent Service, Limited) in Minneapolis with clients across the US and internationally.
In 2012, I sold my talent agency and left the industry to pursue (as a business) my avocation and passion: sharing the wilderness experience with others through guiding and teaching in the great outdoors! And in case you’re wondering how the heck to pronounce my name, it’s PAY-tah…long ‘a’ where you see the ‘e’. Happy trails!