There are some who would say that Lauren is headed in the wrong direction. A conservative Connecticut childhood, private prep school education, and Brown University double major (Environmental Studies and Visual Arts) rarely lead to the goal of working as a river guide during the summer and touring the country in an Airstream trailer on a photographic odyssey during the winter. There are others who would say, "Any room for me?" Fortunately, her hearing is selective and her parents are in the latter group. Whether you meet her on the river or on the side of the road, her garrulous nature, charismatic spirit, and beckoning smile will make you want to follow her, regardless of the direction.