My story, the short version:
I love camping, hiking, and animals. I always had a lot of ups and downs in life, but things were good on average. I had a span where I was as happy as I had ever been; I enjoyed my work in environmental economics and my hard work was paying off, I married a wonderful girl, and we moved out into the country. This is what I thought life was supposed to be. But then after we had settled into our new routine for a while (I hate routines) I began to think, “Is this it? Will life be just like this until we retire?” I started to get really stressed out at work and stopped sleeping well. On top of that we had some major illnesses in the family back home, I fund out about a few health issues of my own that really scared me, and I began to withdraw from everything. I couldn’t figure out how to make all of the different pieces fit together. I traveled a lot for both work and family reasons and being away took a toll on our marriage. Things didn’t seem to be going right at all. An awful lot of very tough stuff happened over the next few years. By the end of it all, I was completely and utterly devoid of energy and faith in anything, including myself. I had no joy in life at all. In five short years, I went from top of the world to completely devastated.
But then something remarkable happened. Through a lot of hard work and some help from family and friends, I was able to snap back. I now have a renewed sense of the value of enjoying life and plan to make the most of it in my little way. That is what my journey and this site is about. It is a mix of traveling, hiking, and camping, with a bunch of random thoughts on things that I find interesting, everything from science to religion to economics to the environment to Jimmy Buffett to totally random news.
I always had a dream of traveling around in the back of my head. It seems things have converged and that I have my opportunity, so I am going for it. I don’t know what is going to happen and am fine with that. This site is mostly for me — it has become a fun little creative outlet. I hope that maybe something here will inspire someone else as well!
May we all seek and find inspiration in our lives, and follow our dreams. May we never lose sight of the preciousness and value of life. May we realize that when things seem bad, it is often just our own perspectives. May we be content with ourselves but still yearn to improve. May we live and love to the fullest. May we sustain great friendships. And may we always find great beer!
Check out my first post at the beginning of 2013 for more on this all got started.