Hi! I’m Katie. I am a wife, Mom, and full-time higher ed administrator. I live on the shores of Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota with my husband, Joe, daughter Harriet (Hattie!), and cats Stella and Carl! I love hiking, travel, and exploring my new hometown.
The Jackson Faction was established in 2009 by way of wedding vows and Joe actually bought me this blog domain as a surprise back in 2014. At that time, I was writing a dissertation, which was quickly followed by the arrival of our daughter, Harriet, and then a big move from Rolla, MO to Duluth.
Let’s back up a bit. I grew up in Sunburg, Minnesota. A deep breath and a leap brought me to the University of Southern Mississippi for grad school where I first met Joe. Ever since then, both of us have worked in higher ed and along the way, we picked up way more academic degrees than are probably necessary — four bachelor’s, three master’s and a doctorate, to be exact.
Joe is an above average finder of fixes — he once fixed a wireless printer by cooking the motherboard in a pizza oven. These days, he works from home for a university 3 states away. He has a high affinity for golf, NASCAR, and documentaries. And he’s got a black belt in keeping in real.
I grew up in the woods and I’m still happiest exploring the outdoors. I’m below average runner who does workout videos 6 months a year because it’s really cold where I live. Writing is something I’ve enjoyed my entire life. If I ever retire, I have a few book outlined in my phone notes that maybe I’ll flesh out. But for now, I’ll stick with blogging when I can.
Harriet Harper joined the faction in 2015. Affectionately known as Hattie, she was named after Hattiesburg, Mississippi — the city where her parents first met! She’s quite the kid and we are so blessed to have her in our lives.
The Jackson Faction chronicles our adventures together both near and far. I hope that the information I share will help you plan some explorations of your own — be it a short hike or a long trip. Thanks for visiting — I’m glad you’re here!