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My True North – Happy Mother’s Day

Today is a unique experience in that my birthday and Mother’s day fall on the same day. Life can be hectic, uncertain, and scary but as I look back on these past 23 years it is easy to see that my hands werent the only sculptors of the person I am today. My mother’s love and care has been unconditional and her support, examples, and kind words have been my compass in the wide open wilderness of life. She’s my true North and she has helped shape me and my brother to be the young men we’ve grown up to be.
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Finding Light in the Darkness

As I pulled into Lake Tahoe, my road trip across the Southwest came to a screeching halt.  I’d be starting work soon in this small ski town and my contract would have me stay for the next 6 months.  The unbridled happiness I’d felt for weeks was replaced with nausea in the pit of my stomach.  Instinct told me something was wrong…this new town I’d call home did not sit well with me. Read more

Southwest Road Trip

Today is the day.  I’ve had a fantastic summer full of new and beautiful experiences, but the hour has come to move on to my next destination.  For a time, my future was uncertain beyond the Grand Teton summer season, but after weeks of interviews and a number of offers, I’ve happily accepted a position at a ski resort in lovely South Lake Tahoe. Read more

Close Calls on the Middle Teton

It was 4 in the morning when the alarm stole me from my slumber.  I had planned this hike for weeks and today was the day I would finally conquer the Middle and South Teton.  In total, I would gain over 7,000 feet of elevation over the course of a 12 mile hike.  I donned the clothes I’d laid out only hours before and grabbed my pack to depart for the trail.  In a matter of minutes I was on the fog laden road, driving slowly through the darkness to begin my journey at the Lupine Meadows Trail head. Read more

When Life Gets in the Way

There’s not a feeling more unpleasant and unsettling than the one I experienced only seconds ago.  I received my first email reminder from the servicer of my college loans.  “Only 3 months till repayment begins,” it announced in a bright green, almost cheerful font.   “Join now to see your balance.”  Surprise surprise, after creating an account to see what I owe , I’ve come to realize that it’s far more than I’d previously anticipated.  I’ve already accrued nearly $2,000 in interest and that’s $2,000 more than I was already expecting to pay.  Gentleman in the audience can identify with that physical pain in your gut after you’ve been ripped square in the balls, and for you ladies out there, just try to imagine that pain.  It’s hard to believe that reading typed words in an email bore a very real and physical pain, but it did. That dark feeling persisted as I looked on at the zeros punctuating my account.  Add that to the fact that my check engine light came on recently with what I believe to be a transmission problem (perhaps another $2-3,000 in estimated repairs).  All in all, I’ve just received a solid roundhouse to the face by my new friend called life.  I guess this must be the “reality check” that those with experience have always alluded to.  The same one that my father spoke of when I told him of my dreams of travel.  Maybe someday you’ll grow up he said, half joking but with a sprinkle of honesty only decades of wisdom could provide.

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My Goals: Defined

This post is long overdue and I’ve needed to put these goals in pen for quite some time now. I’ve held back out of fear, out of uncertainty, and expectations set by others. I’ve held back for fear of judgment but what the hell, I only have one life (and that life is mine alone to live). So in this post I’ll reveal my most important life’s goals that until now, have been jokes in conversation and simple day dreams. Today, my goals will be defined and the only thing holding me back from achieving them now is me. Read more

Climbing | Lessons in Perserverance and Humility

Before moving to the Grand Teton National Park, my brother and I were attempting to pursue new hobbies and interests.  We both enjoy being active and we wanted to do something outside of the norm as far as Illinois standards were concerned.  Childhood friends of ours, as well as other individuals I’d met in my travels, turned us on to a few different activities including rock climbing and slack lining.  In the final weeks I spent in Illinois, my brother purchased a slack line and we began to toy around on it whenever we got the opportunity.  However, rock climbing in Illinois was a different story entirely.  With nobody to guide us, no rocks to climb, and no stores to purchase equipment from, it looked like we would never have the chance to pursue this activity.  However, the opportunity presented itself once again when my new job took me to the great state of Wyoming. Read more