It is less about me and more about the people that have influenced me, past and present. Every person that I have encounter has shaped my perspective on life to some degree, usually in a positive way. The obvious people that come to mind are my parents, sister, brother, extended family and friends. But so too, are the teachers, ministers, Boy Scout leaders, volunteer organizers, employers and outdoor instructors that have had a hand in who I am today.
I admit that I have accumulated vast amounts of wealth in my first 30 years - the non monetary kind of wealth. I am rich with love and support from my family. I have had countless times of laughter with my friends. I am more accepting and understanding of the world due to my extensive travels; 30+ countries. I am more humble and adaptive to my surroundings due to my grand outdoor adventures. I am more intelligent due to a graduate level education. Whatever financial resources I have, I choose to invest in travel, education, faith and experiences with family and friends.
I adopted my life’s philosophy from a dear friend while we were on a hike in Southwest Colorado a number of years ago. It is: "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to slide in sideways --- champagne in one hand and strawberries in the other --- a body totally used up and worn out, screaming... WOOHOO, what a ride!" -Anonymous
With that said, it is easy to understand why I am concentrating on improving my mind, body and spirit over the next seven months. I have the fortune to pursue a few personal goals in the upcoming months like trekking in Patagonia, taking a voyage to Antarctica and thru hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. I cannot express my excitement on paper but know that I wish to share my experience with you. This website’s purpose is to provide insight into my adventures through photos and blogs. I hope that you enjoy it!