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I didn’t look for another job as an attorney. Instead I focused on the big stuff. The whats, and the whys? I definitely don’t have it all figured out. But this time around I’m determined to be the author of my own story. There is no blueprint for this life. No instruction manual. And I’m learning to be okay with that.   

When I feel particularly lost I try to remember who I was before the world told me who I should be. I can feel little pieces of that person returning when I’m on top of a mountain, swimming in an alpine lake, or wandering down a dirt trail. For me, that is home. That’s where all the world’s distractions and expectations quietly fade into the distant background and I’m able to finally see the forest past the trees. And it’s where my story takes place.

Of course, every story has a long version…

I tried to fit my life into that box. I really did. Not that long ago I spent my days behind a big desk, in a small office, with nothing on the white walls except for the law degree that I thought would define my future. Instead, I felt nostalgic for a life I wasn’t living, and probably never would.

Growing up I wanted to be a doctor. Then an entomologist, photographer, journalist, veterinarian, conservation biologist - the list goes on. Point is, at no time do I remember wanting to be a lawyer. And all those paths I didn’t take, they haunted me. So when fate handed me a get out of jail free card in the form of a layoff, I embraced the opportunity.

Some places always feel like coming home. But for me, home has never been a box with rooms, a yard, and white picket fence.

My Story

Tips for Hiking the Tour Du Mont Blanc >

Hiking the Tour Du Mont Blanc with my family!

08. Best Travel Experience

My Complete Photography Gear Guide >

I love the versatility of the Sony 24-70 f 2.8. It’s wide enough to capture most landscapes, but also takes beautiful portraits and product shots. 

07. Go-to camera lens

a)  Mount Rainier
b)  Big Sur
c)  Lake Tahoe
d)  Moab

06. Favorite destination in the United States

More hikes to check out >

Heather/Maple Pass Loop
But there are honestly so many awesome hikes in Washington. It’s tough to just pick one! 

05. Best Hike in Washington

More Travel Inspired Books >

The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

04. Favorite Book

Knife Ridge

The photograph Quin took of me climbing across a Knife ridge in Alpstine, Switzerland! 

03. Favorite Photograph

More of my Favorite Outdoor Gear >

I don’t hit the trails without my Rab Kenetic 2 Jacket. Unlike most waterproof jackets, its soft, flexible, and lightweight.

02. Must have Outdoor Gear


01. Favorite Country

favorite things

Quality over Quantity

number of countries visited

too many to count

number of mistakes

A lifetime's worth

number of memories made

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