We are the Cotteys and the founders of ExploreMore. I wanted to introduce ourselves real quick 😁

I'm Haley and my husband is CJ. We met in college and quickly bonded over our love and shared experiences in the outdoors. We had both been on extended backpacking trips (I did 40 days in Wyoming with Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries and CJ did 23 days in Colorado with Outward Bound)

One year later, we got married. We have opened or been on the opening team of 8 businesses, have adventures as much as possible and have had 2 beautiful daughters. Adeline Rayne (Della) and Anya Lawson (Yaya) who both love being outside just as much as we do!

Last year, we realized we were always reaching for our next vacation to the mountains and had never truly taken advantage of the beautiful outdoor spaces available to us right here in Dallas Texas. There are tons of beautiful trails, rivers, lakes and outdoor climbing available all around us. We also realized people dont always want to go outside because they don't feel knowledgeable or equipped for certain activities. We get told constantly "take me with you next time you go backpacking", "how do I hike with a toddler", "what kind of hiking shoes do I need" etc

So in true entrepreneur fashion, we started a business. The goal of ExploreMore is to encourage people to get outside in their own towns and appreciate everything that is accessible to them instead of always wishing they were somewhere else. We also want to equip and empower people to feel comfortable in nature and provide trips for people to have experiences they may have never had on their own.

Don't get me wrong, we still go to the mountains as much as possible and I still want to take people backpacking in the mountains and trying new experiences but I also want them driving 10 minutes down the street and hiking in their local park.

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