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My story is a long one...

It starts with a childhood in Northern California.

Halfway between the Sierra Nevada Range and the Pacific coast, I was born to parents who value nature and the environment. Some of my earliest memories are camping in places like Yosemite, where my mother spent much of her own childhood. My father owned a 4WD shop in Yuba City in the 80s, so weekends in the back of the family FJ40 on trails like the Rubicon were commonplace. It wasn’t until later in life that I realized just how special my childhood was, and it would set me on the trajectory that continues to this day. 

I was active in Boy Scouts, spending my summers working at a camp in the Sierra Nevada Range adjacent to Fordyce Creek, eventually earning the rank of Eagle Scout. For my efforts, my parents bought me a Jeep CJ-7. It was my primary transportation through high school and college in Colorado, where I got a degree in geophysics. From there I spent a short stint working in the oil industry in Houston before I was transferred to Caracas, Venezuela. That experience was truly life changing for me, opening my eyes to a much larger world than I never knew existed. Living in Venezuela sparked an insatiable thirst for travel, and appreciation for people with cultures and experiences that differed from my own. Most don’t realize that I still use my degree today, performing environmental remediation work cleaning up unexploded ordnance at former military installations. While I call Reno home, this work has provided me the opportunity to go to some spectacular places- areas that I always make an effort to explore.

My career in geophysics has given me not only the opportunity to travel, but also the flexibility to pursue my interest in off-roading, photography, and writing without having to rely on my hobby as my sole source of income. I feel that this allows me to focus on writing about the topics I am truly passionate about while maintaining my integrity. After working as an expatriate in Venezuela, I learned at a young age that two weeks of vacation a year just wouldn’t do! I spend my free time in Reno exploring the myriad of trails, hot springs, fire towers, and mountain ranges found in every direction. Further afield I spent a fair amount of time in Utah, Arizona, and Colorado. I also frequent Central and South America, which always draw me back with their natural beauty, rich culture, and the friendliest people I have ever encountered.  Check my events page to see where I am headed next.

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