You Really Want to Know About Me?
I am honored that you dropped by to learn a little more about me. It feels a little odd to talk about myself like this, but I understand that you may be interested, and I’ll respect that.
I could have one of those professionally written, fancy, almost-a-resume About Me pages. You know the ones that make me sound like some super-incredible, can-do-no-wrong, never-made-a-mistake, perfect human beings. Well, that’s not me. Absolutely, 100% not me.
I’d rather sit down and join you for a cup of coffee and a slice of pie. Doesn’t that sound better? We could find some comfortable patio next to a mountain stream and just chat. That’s more my style.
If you are interested, here’s a little more of the story about me…
My sons, Michael and Brandon, are the world to me. Not a day goes by that I don’t appreciate the amazing gift that they are in my life. I truly believe that I am the luckiest dad in the whole universe. The relationship that I have with each of them nurtures my soul as only the love of a child can. With one in high school and one in college, my time with them has become less frequent, but the moments that we have together are filled with smiles, love, and laughter.
My extended family is also an unending source of support and love. To be connected to so many people who you know will always be there for you is a blessing that I do not take for granted. The older I get, the more important these relationships become. From a simple dinner to a family reunion, there are few things in life as precious as my family.
Hiking & Camping
All of my life, I’ve found that hiking brings me a sense of peace and tranquility. Even in the moments where I may be attempting an arduous attempt at a summit, there is a stillness and inner harmony that I feel when I am hiking. Those moments when I am alone in the wilderness and connected to the natural world, are moments that bring true meaning to my soul.
For many years, Rocky Mountain National Park has been my “home away from home.” I’ve spent days upon days meditating on isolated peaks, walking through wildflowers, and simply recharging my spirit deep in the forest or high in alpine tundra.
I started my first book in college and never finished, but my desire to write never left.
A few years ago, I decided that it was time to tackle the desire to write a novel. I found the endeavor to be far more satisfying than I expected. Over the last couple of years, I’ve worked on a sequel, but it seems that life and other business gets in the way. Today, I'm completely refocused on writing and sharing my stories with you.
I got my first 100mm camera when I was a little boy, and ever since then, I’ve loved looking through the lens. The ability to capture the beauty of a moment and generate an emotional response pushes me to continue to snap away.
Okay. I’ll confess. If the truth is to be told, I also love the tech. Gadgets and gear are just so much fun to play with. I simply love to buy and play with new toys. Whether is an attachment for my iPhone or a new lens, big boys love toys too.
My love of hiking and nature combines well with my love of photography, with one exception. I’ll be walking out the door, and I’ll pick up my backpack. Sometimes the hardest thing about hiking is deciding which of my equipment goes with me!
My Favorite Charities
There are days that I am truly awestruck by how incredibly fortunate I am. From my family to my health to the innumerable blessings and advantages in my life.
I believe that we need to support those things that we truly believe in. While I wish that I could do more, I am passionate about conservation, wildlife, and those who are most vulnerable.
Please help me support organizations that are helping move our society in the right directing, while giving aid and support to helping those in need.