“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.”
– Bob Moawad
In this quote, Moawad spoke to me.
Until my senior year in college, I was living a life that made sense but not a life about which I was passionate, or in which I felt inspired. I was caught in the rat race, a hamster on a wheel, running my heart out and getting nowhere. I was pursuing an engineering degree in blissful ignorance, perfectly content to run up the numbers on my proverbial pedometer. I had big plans: a Master’s degree, six figures, a house with a big back yard and a dog. Then I awoke one morning in the throes of a quarter life crisis. That’s when I broke away, found the courage to seek out my own heart, and began the long process of becoming the man I’m supposed to be.
The course of my life changed dramatically that October day in 2007. After graduating a few months later, I took my student loan money, bought a car, and departed on a 10-week, 14,000 mile solo cross-country road trip. That trip was the springboard to the life that I now lead as a Wilderness Therapy Field Guide, long distance hiker, explorer and photographer. I began exploring creative expression during that first break from the mainstream and have spent the last several years behind the lens developing my own vision. The photos I capture are immortal links to the life I’ve lived, to the moments that have defined me, the moments that have shaken my very soul. Here you'll see my adventures as I've seen them.
In these pages, you’ll also find the details of my personal journey to find myself among the callings of the world’s relentless sirens- and once found, finally to honor the call of my own heart.
Long Distance Miles Walked: 5,500+