About meAs of June 2021
I have been fortunate enough to have lived a true nomad life for many years. My work choices / career choices have always led to interesting or unique work experiences.
Worked in the Polar Regions for 25 years.
Designed and built Ice Runways on the sea ice in Antarctica and skiways on the Greenland Ice Cap. Installed skiway markers at South Pole in -95F windchill conditions. Set ‘Deadman” anchors in sea ice to secure a mid-size oil tanker. Measured the stress factors on an Ice Shelf Shear Zone while “roped up” to a bulldozer, Assisted in building Ice Piers for shipping operations. Escorted more people than I can remember thru Antarctic Condition 1 storms (white-out-100ft. visibility). Walked through old forgotten “cold war” structures in Northern Greenland. Just a sample of many Polar adventures.
Spent a winter in Antarctic doing construction work and often glanced up at the Southern Cross and the beauty of the southern night sky.
Provided science support for some of the top climate scientists in the world. Been publish in 2 science papers. Had a mountain named after me for contributions to Polar Science.
Worked as a land surveyor in New Zealand, “blew things up” in Utah as a member of a seismic crew, cleared trees on a timber crew in the Rocky Mountains. Employed as a land surveyor at an International Airport, planted flowers and trimmed trees on a world-famous pedestrian mall. Worked in a hardware store that “has everything”. Volunteered at a High Medical Altitude clinic (17000ft) in the Nepal Himalayas. I was a “ski bum”.
Drank whiskey with a US senator and talked about climate change. Had coffee with a New Zealand PM. Chatted with a member of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young about drug and alcohol abuse. Spent time in a rustic cabin, on a blustery night in Antarctica, and had a one-on-one chat with the first man to summit Everest. Sat on a park bench, with my mom, and had a peaceful conversation with the lead singer from Led Zeppelin. Seen more bags of marijuana in one place, than you can imagine. Enjoyed a “smoke” with members of the Grateful Dead.
Thru-Hiked the Appalachian Trail (Iceman 96) and Colorado Trail. Floated down the Colorado River thru the Grand Canyon, sea kayaked in 25ft. seas of New England Coast. Ran mountain endurance races in New Zealand. Hitched hike across the country several times. Driven the “haul road” in Alaska (Fairbanks to Toolik Field Camp).
Travelled through New Zealand and the British Isles, in a Volkswagen camper bus, with my mom.
Slept in teepees, tents, shelters of all types, out in the stars, even under bridges, all over the world. Lived in an old whaling village in Connecticut, on a horse farm in Colorado, a stone cabin in Nepal.
Have been in plane and helicopter flights where there was a problem and I thought this was how it was going to “end”. Been on ocean crossings in 40ft. seas and we had to put a “Mustang Suit” on, just in case.
Had a gun pointed at my head 3 different times and a knife once. Chased by a female moose and stalked by a mountain lion.
Have seen someone’s life slip away in my hands, and wiped tears from my eyes, while helping others get up for a “second chance”. Volunteered in various homeless shelters / food banks in US and New Zealand.
Fallen in love, out of love and watched love walk away. Some people-things I will never see-do again, while there are others I miss dearly. There are always plus and minuses to the choices we make in life, and I have made many of both.
I am now “settled” into a normal job, to do some healing and repairs done to my body. As I enter the final quarter of life, my adventures are a little more “pulled” back (all about recovery). Next up will be bikepacking.
Take that chance, open your heart and eyes. “Get out of the door and have a look around”.
- Reason for joining
- Have lots of travel experiences to share and more to learn...
- What is the country or city that made you fall in love with traveling?
- 2- New Zealand and Nepal
- What's your best budget travel hack or tip?
- budget hack?...can you run and catch the train carrying your bag?
- If you could travel anywhere (regardless of time and money) where would you go? Why?
- What's the most surprising mode of transportation you've used?
- When do you start packing for a trip? A month, week, day, or hour in advance!
- depends- Expedition? 6months? Month/ Week? I can pack for 7 month expeditions in a few days