Ann Tatum: Owner of Outdoor Adventures with Ann
Ann Tatum is a popular figure in the Santa Barbara community. She leads tourists and residents on a range of adventurous expeditions, allowing these people to get in touch with nature and experience thrills in a safe setting. From parasailing to mountain climbing and horseback riding, Ann and her team provide the opportunity to try new outdoor activities under the watchful eye of a trained guide.
Ann’s career began when she and her two friends moved on to Santa Barbara together during their first summer as recent college graduates. The three women got hired at a local real estate office. Though Ann’s roommates quickly took to life in the office, Ann felt unhappy. She frequently sat at her desk, longing to spend time outdoors during the nice weather. To find greater job satisfaction, Ann began applying for positions as a camp counselor. She hoped that the job would get her back to nature and away from the desk job she found boring and uninspiring.
Before Ann had a chance to get employed as a counselor, a chance encounter changed everything. She met Russell Girard, who was the owner of a well-established outdoor adventure company. The two quickly formed a friendship over their love of nature and various outdoor sports. Ann was quickly offered a position at Russell’s company. Though her duties were minimal at first, she took them on with great pride. She became an important brand ambassador for the company. She would eagerly tell tourists about the various excursions that the company offered, and spoke highly of the company whenever possible.
Ann’s dedication to her job helped her to excel quickly within the business. Russell soon had her assisting on various types of outings, thus allowing her to put her passions to use and build her skills. She already had the knowledge about the various outdoor activities the company offered, but now she was able to successfully lead trips so others could enjoy these hobbies too.
Before long, Ann Tatum became a full-fledged guide, leading a variety of outings for tourists and residents. She headed up paddle boarding excursions where she discussed the various types of wildlife that the group was seeing. She was able to provide guidance for nervous first-time parasailers in order to ensure that their first venture was successful. With each trip that Ann led, she became more confident in her abilities to make a journey exciting and memorable for the participants.
Clients were impressed by Ann’s energy and knowledge when it came to the excursions they were completing. She could ease nerves and inspire individuals to try activities that they had never imagined themselves participating in before. She came to work excited every day, knowing that she was helping people take in Santa Barbara’s natural beauty.
During her time working for Russell, Ann began to look to him for career guidance and advice. He helped her to expand her knowledge of her profession, and appreciated her enthusiasm for the field. When Russell became ready to retire, it was obvious that he would ask Ann to purchase the company. She was honored to do so, and still jokes that choosing the restaurant where Russell was also dining was one of the most important nights of her life.
Once the transition was complete, Ann did some rebranding for the company. She renamed the business Outdoor Adventures with Ann and focused on expanding the company’s featured services so as to draw in new clients. Today, Ann and her staff offer a variety of excursions including:
- Rock climbing
- Horseback riding
- High ropes
- Sea cave kayaking
In addition to these services, clients can participate in team building exercises and outdoor education classes. These are popular with companies, clubs, sports team, churches, and school groups.
About Ann’s background
Ann grew up in the suburbs of Chicago; as a young girl, her parents always deemed her the “wild child” of the family. While her peers preferred to entertain themselves by playing with dolls or blocks indoors, Ann was out with her brothers, using their backyard as a playground. They used piles of snow to build forts, and would frequently embark on skiing, snowboarding, and sledding expeditions near their home. During the warmer months, Ann enjoyed hiking, paddle boarding, and climbing trees. It didn’t matter what the season or weather was like, she wanted to get outside.
Ann’s love of nature and outdoor activities continued even as she grew up. Ann Tatum was an active participant in her high school’s outdoors club, and was in charge of a number of white water rafting expeditions during her time as a college student. While many 21-year-olds celebrate their birthdays in dark, crowded bars, Ann preferred to use her milestone birthday to participate in her first skydiving adventure. She states that the trip is still one of the most memorable of her life, even with her years of experience participating in outdoor adventures. Her parents’ reaction to the footage of the jump helped to make her nerves worth it.
This love of all things outdoors has pushed Ann along on the path that led her to her current position. Today, she’s proud to help spread a love of nature to her clients, and hopes that young people will fall in love with the outdoors as she did many years ago.
Ann Tatum: Committed to Safe, Affordable Excursions
Ann Tatum centers her company, Outdoor Adventures with Ann, on offering affordable, safe, high quality adventures, with experienced guides at the helm of each trip. Each guest enjoys a hands-on experience as they take in the picturesque scenery of Santa Barbara. They can revel in their outing, knowing that a team of trained professionals will keep them safe throughout the trip. Adventures are offered for people of all ages, and the group frequently provides special excursions for families, young kids, and teenagers. Ann aims to get these outings to instill a love of nature in young people. She also states that this kind of hands-on experience helps to make her clients more passionate about preserving wildlife and supporting conservation efforts.
Ann Tatum is the owner of Outdoor Adventures with Ann, a group that offers excursions for individuals, groups, and families. The team leads hiking, horseback riding, and parasailing trips, as well as a variety of other adventures. Ann Tatum is passionate about conserving the environment in the Santa Barbara area.
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