Meet the Mother-Daughter Author Team
AMY GRAVES (daughter) and PAMELA SCHWEITZER (mother) are a mother-daughter author team who come from a long line of Grand Canyon hikers.
The Grand Canyon has about 6 million visitors (second most visited national park) per year, with only a small percentage (1%) that actually hike down to the bottom of the Canyon (Colorado River) from the South Rim. The authors hope this book will inspire families to plan ahead and experience more of the Canyon.
Video from the authors and illustrator: https://youtu.be/aakGzA5yPp4
Pam grew up hiking with her parents and siblings on many of the Grand Canyon trails. She is a former assistant surgeon general and rear admiral in the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service. She and her husband, Paul, have organized several Grand Canyon hikes for family and friends.
Amy lives in Arizona with her husband and children. She is a graduate of Bowdoin College, where she studied Child Psychology and minored in Education. Amy’s first trip in the Grand Canyon was when she was 3 years old. Amy has positive memories of hiking as a child and has now taken her own children to the bottom of the canyon. She enjoys playing piano and is a versatile craftsperson.
MCKENZIE ROBINSON grew up and resides with her husband and three children in Arizona. She and Amy have been best friends since elementary school. McKenzie has always been a talented artist. She is a Brigham Young University (BYU) graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art. She is also a musician and vocalist, performing with her sisters in a country folk band, Firefly (@iheartfirefly). Her hobbies include making handbound journals and hiking with her family. *McKenzie's website: https://mckenzierobinson.com/