Growing up in Austin, Texas, I had always been surrounded by nature. I started car camping with my mom when I was young and we went on numerous cross-country road trips that always included hiking adventures as well. I didn’t realize it at the time, but hiking and being outdoors has always been a part of my life. My mom tells a story about when I was an infant and I would cry until she put me outside. I just like being outdoors. Austin is surrounded by the hill country and has numerous outdoor activities that I took for granted. So when my fiancee, Courtney, and I moved to Dallas for her graduate school program, it was a bit of a shock to lose all of those comforts and be confronted with a flat, concrete jungle full of chain restaurants and strip malls.
As I sat in my windowless office with only the internet to distract me, my mind started to wander to the outdoors and all of the adventures I could share with Courtney and how they could enrich our lives. We don’t plan on having any children, so a life of travel and outdoor adventure seems very attainable. And that is the plan. We’ll see how it plays out as I record it in these pages.
We have since moved back to Austin, gotten married, and have begun our backpacking and travel adventures.