When I was growing up my father told me I had to be out of the house by the time I turned 18. I took him seriously, although many years later he said he was just kidding…go figure. A few years before I graduated high school I realized I really wanted to work on aircraft so I began looking into the military. Three of my uncles cornered me and told me I must go into the Air Force…so I did. That was one of the best decisions I ever made. I was fortunate enough to become an aircraft mechanic. I worked for nearly a decade on the B-52 Bomber, five years with the AC-130U Gunship, five years with the E3A NATO AWACS aircraft, a few years with the RQ-4 Global Hawk and finished off my last year with the U-2 Dragon Lady. Thirty years sounds like a long time but when your doing what you love…it really isn’t…OK some of it sucked really bad. I’ve traveled all over the world to some of the most amazing places. Sometimes I have trouble remembering which places I’ve been to, there are so many. I lived in Northern California, the island of Guam, Eastern Washington, Virginia, the Florida panhandle, Germany and right back here in Northern California. What a treasure to have traveled so much. I married my amazing wife, Jodi in the mid 80’s and she and our three kids explored the world together. I did my part deploying several times in support of U.S. combat operations. One of my many favorite assignments…supporting the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece. It was one of the more plush assignments I was forced to endure. I’m proud to have served and now I’m exploring a new adventure in backpacking/thru hiking. Follow along with me as I visit some amazing places.