My journey started as a very small boy with an orange shirt sporting a tiger on it. Little did I know that I had taken my first steps in a life full of outdoor adventures. I would grow and advance from a Tiger Cub to wear the blue shirt of a Cub Scout. Before long I would achieve the honor of Eagle Scout- the highest rank in the Boy Scouts. In the process, I helped others along by sharing my love for the outdoors, the same way those I looked up to had done for me.
During the middle of my Cub Scout days I was diagnosed with Acute lymphocytic leukemia. At the age of 10 I was catapulted into a world that would change me forever. Less than one year after my diagnosis, I had received the news that I defeated my cancer. It was the greatest victory of my life to date, however, preventative treatments were still needed for several years to follow.
I graduated from high school in 2001 where I then attended Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville Missouri. In 2005 I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Interactive Digital Media – New Media, a three part degree focused on computer science, art, and communication. I have been working as a web designer / developer for several companies around the Kansas City metro area for the past 6 years as well as running my own design company.
I have enjoyed my time working as web designer / developer but simultaneously felt that there was a void in my life. While watching a documentary about the Appalachian Trail, I feel in love with the vivid imagery of this epic 2,220 mile trek. Deep down I knew this was the challenge and adventure I had been waiting for. I knew that Hiking the Appalachian Trail in its entirety was a huge task both physically and mentally. I know now that my journey is only beginning. Join me as I document my entire expedition of both getting to and thru the Appalachian Trail.