Originally hailing from Massachusetts, I've been considered a "flatlander" everywhere I subsequently went to live. In Maine and Vermont I was a "southerner" and in Jackson I am the ever predictable "east coast transplant" to Native Wyomingites. Thing is, I've always felt more at home in the mountains than on any city block, and more alive in my ski boots than in any fresh kicks or dapper dress shoes. Skiing has led me to some incredible experiences and opened my eyes to new possibilities.
Growing up in frigid New England winters you need something to do. I didn't play hockey, so thankfully night skiing the town hills and long drives up North were the winter routine. The Northeast can be bitter cold and icy, but its still got all the bumps, groomers, trees, pow and parks a young hot dogger could ask for. Living out west these past few years has introduced me to a life of powder snobbery, long days in the backcountry, and offseason trips. It's safe to say I'm hooked. Someday we may have to give up the dream and move on to "real life", but for now we're gonna keep this train rolling.
As it turns out, skiing was just the tip of the iceberg, there's all sorts of fun to be had in the outdoors. Hiking, mountain biking, camping, climbing, mountaineering and backpacking through foreign lands all provide ample opportunities for a righteously riotous good time. A life lived beyond the concrete and cubicles was enticing. Once I dipped my toe in I had to take the plunge.
Moving to Jackson has been one of the best decisions I've ever made. The fear of "dead end jobs" and never "making something of myself" has subsided because I'm making my life my own, something our modern globalized culture doesn't leave much room for. While growing up I always had a feeling that I wanted to do something "different" and leave a positive impact on the world. For years I toyed with the idea of military or public service as a way to enact positive change on the world, but I ultimately took a completely different tack.
Living in Jackson has pushed me to become the best version of myself. The active lifestyle doesn't leave much room for self loathing behavior, and working nights gives me all day to work on myself and live my life the way I see fit. I coach skiing and lacrosse as a fun side hustle and it's one of the most rewarding aspects of my life. It's become my way of giving back. I honestly love helping kids reach their potential in sports and in life. Growing up is tough, and I remember the frustrations well. I just try to remind them what's most important and encourage them to keep at it and never give up.
This website is simply a running journal of the thoughts and moments that fill my life. Perhaps someday it will serve as a professional portfolio, but for now it is simply a passion project. If you've read all the way up to this point, then congratulations, you have a larger attention span than ninety percent of the country. If you like what you've read so far, then check back for more photo galleries, blog posts, and updates. Along with all the friends I've met along the way, we're gonna keep sending, traveling, and getting after it the only way we know how.