About Podcasters

Lisa Bates

Lisa refers to her first train trip as a “happy accident”. Now with 4+ cross-country adventures under her belt, covering over 24,000 miles, she is a self-proclaimed “trainamping” expert and the author of Beyond the Rails, USA Cross-Country Train Travel. An energized presenter, she will have you packing your bags for your trip of a lifetime.
Lisa Bates has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, she is a sought after presenter, parenting consultant and writer with extensive experience. As a mother of three teenagers including twin boys, Lisa maintains her sanity by writing, traveling and playing with her dogs. Read more about Lisa Bates at www.lblivingbetter.com .

Stephanie Viva

Stephanie moved to Cape Cod in 2002 after serving in the US Army as a Signal Support System Specialist. Married to a Falmouth native they have a blended family with five children ranging in age from 10 -22. In addition to two dogs, eight chickens and bees, she and her husband enjoy shell fishing, brewing their own beer and making cheese. Stephanie loves to travel including boating and camping. Her interests also include music, movies, cooking, singing, gardening, sports, falling in to a black hole on Pinterest and binge watching NETFLIX.