I've followed--or blazed--a road less traveled to adventures and jobs across multiple states and provinces, baking sourdough biscuits and hitting trails along the way. I'm a Certified BodyTalk™ Practitioner, a Wilderness First Responder, and usually found off the beaten path.
“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.”
― Edward Abbey
Hi everyone, I’m Greg. I’m an active explorer of new places and ideas, seeking to connect to people and locations near and far. I’ve held a variety of jobs in the past, from gas field mapping to video store clerk, non-profits to multibillion dollar enterprises, to volunteer fence-building, horse caring, and landscaping. In short: I’ve done a lot in my life and am always looking for new opportunities to learn and grow.
Why did I start this blog? Well, I have stories. Lots of stories. Stories of being outdoors under the moon at Hance Rapids in the Grand Canyon, of being stopped dead by a gust of wind cycling in Wyoming, of every animal in the Yukon trying to run into a vehicle I was driving. Stories that involve some situation or person I’ve met by being myself, occasionally further out of my comfort zone than I’d like.
What I’ve come to understand recently is that I enjoy connecting people. I also enjoy simply being outdoors (although hiking, building fence, running, and cycling are fun, too). My interests are varied: I'm a Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Certified BodyTalk™ Practitioner CBP, and Reiki healer.
Being outside, connecting to nature in the various places I’ve been, is what inspires me. A challenging day at an old job was processed and released by my daily post-work trail run. Feeding horses before sunrise when it was -10F was challenging, yet I distinctly remember feeling the crisp air, hearing the crunch of the snow under my boots, and watching the horizon change from ink to pink. I have no recollection of what the priority of the day at my job was, but I recall how I felt and how my senses came alive walking around to check water tanks at 5 am.
My life changed while, but moreso after, I completed a backpacking trip in Utah in 2012. Being outdoors and living simply was a sensory experience the likes of no other. Many things changed after the course, from food preferences to recreation to life purpose.
I want to share my passion for grounding myself through connecting to nature and the outdoors with more people. A gift that has become apparent during my various “careers” is that I have so many interests and so many experiences that I can connect with people, whether they’re on the Board of Directors for my university, checking me into my gym, working with me at a brewery, or performing security at an office building. I connect--and what better way to connect people than through stories?
I never thought I traveled much, but in thinking about it the past few days for a blogging bootcamp I’m in, I realized that I do. Travel has been in my blood since I was born. Whether it’s driving 2 hours to have lunch with a friend in Wyoming when I lived in Colorado, or flying to Australia on my own for my dream trip, I have awesome adventures on the road. Being on the road feels like home, and I feel the freedom to be me. Being me and feeling free helps me to authentically connect with more people than forcing myself into any type of box.
I’m fascinated with the cultures, people, cuisine, environment, and spectacular scenery of the southwest. You may have seen my blog title page? Yep, that’s in the backcountry of south-central Utah, one of my favorite places in the world. This one below is from Huron Peak, a 14er in Colorado:
Some of my goals are audacious. I’m passionate about being active, being outdoors, and connecting to nature to remember the small things in life. My dream project is to explore different natural environments under my own power and to share the experience through multimedia--to have and document adventures in the outdoors to help preserve access to nature for recreation, encourage conservation, and protect wilderness areas. To do so with Leave No Trace ethics and limit the creation of waste supports that project. My BHAG - Big Hairy Audacious Goal - is to complete the Hayduke Trail, 800 miles of self-supported route-finding along rugged terrain on entirely public lands in Utah and Arizona… slightly less audacious is to complete the Bryce 100 or Silver State (formerly Death Valley) 508.
So… what’s next? Want to hear some more stories? See some of the places I've been to that you may not visit in person? Do you have an idea for a project, trip, or adventure that would LEAD to a whole new flock of stories? Do you want to see some stories in video? Get ideas on great places to visit, hidden gems in the west, how to prepare for a month-long road trip? Learn stress reduction techniques while being outdoors? Want to find out more about BodyTalk™ or book a session?
Drop me a line through the form below - if you're reading this, we're probably a pretty good fit!