I've covered more than 7,000 miles on foot since 2011. I've thru-hiked the 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail and the 2,600 mile Pacific Crest Trail. I've hiked most of the big trails in my home state of Michigan including being the first to hike the 924 mile Pure Michigan Trail from Detroit to Ironwood.
I was honored to be nominated for a Governor's Fitness Award. I also was happy to receive this tribute plaque for promoting connected trails and greenways in Michigan and completing the Belle Isle to Ironwood Trail walk. I've been fortunate to work with Pure Michigan, the Michigan DNR, Moosejaw gear stores and the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance.
I was born and raised in Farmington Hills, Michigan. I spent 6 years in the US Army first as a medic and then as a cardiovascular technologist.
I worked in that field for 18 years before my own mother passed away and decided I needed a break. After only two weeks on the Appalachian Trail I was 'ruined': I wanted to spend the rest of my life hiking. It seems I'm always hiking or trying to figure out a way to get back on the trail. Any trail.
My next big adventure will be an attempt of the 3,000 mile Continental Divide Trail beginning in April. Follow along with me on my blog as I experience the best of nature and the best of mankind.