In the summer of 2017, I launched “My National Park Quest.” It was born during a trip to some of the astounding National and State Parks in Utah. The goal of my quest was to visit every National Park Unit, along with every National Monument, Forest, and Grassland. An Unease Settles In Over the next […]
Who is This Guy Named Shea?
The stock response that I’m an entrepreneur, author, and adventurer seems a bit boring. So let you tell me about who I really am.
I’m the guy that asks the oddball questions, loves to smile and laugh, and wonders why we get so trapped by our own thinking and assumptions. I’m curious about what makes people happy and admire those who forge their own path. I believe that life is meant to be enjoyable, happy, and fulfilling.
I find peace and rejuvenation alone in wild places, but I love conversation as much as I love isolation. Today, I’m truly happy that you visited my website.
What Gets Shea Excited and Fired Up?
A project exploring the stories of amazing people who have made radical changes in their lives for something more important. I hope to inspire others to consider what is truly important in life and to nurture the courage to make meaningful changes.
What Does That Guy Named Shea Have To Say?
What makes someone step away from the narrative of how our lives should be lived? You know, the story that begins with good grades to get into a good college to land that first job, and then move up the ladder, etc., etc.
My new project, The Priority Paradigm, is exploring what motivates people to make radical changes in their lives and veer from the “normal” model of life.
Within the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, reaching the Gunnison River means either repelling down 2,000-foot cliffs or “hiking” down steep ravines. As I am not a technical climber, I opted to trek to the river via the SOB Draw. The trip down took about two hours, while the journey back up took over four hours, but every minute of the day was well worth the effort. Being in the Black Canyon is a unique and memorable experience.
“You can’t be here. You don’t belong.” In a bar in Mexico, on a dark, isolated, country road, the bartender’s words hit. A friend and I were someplace that we didn’t belong. In a situation that seemed suddenly dangerous, my mind generated dozens of potentially bad outcomes. The next words from the bartender would teach me an important lesson.
My late summer hike to the Double Arch Alcove at the end of Taylor Creek Trail in Zion National Park is wonderful, despite some of the idiots that often appear in national parks.
I am declaring that I intend to To Experience & Share each of the United States National Parks, plus all of our National Forests and National Monuments. A recent trip through southern Utah has finally prompted me to begin this epic adventure. Over the next decade or so, I’ll be traveling to every state and many of the US territories to discover more about this great country and sharing it with you.