Growing up in a rural, small town in Arizona taught me to appreciate many things.  It instilled in me a deep love for the outdoors and nature while also inspiring me to get out and travel, to see what the world outside had to offer.  As a result, I have an abiding passion for hiking, camping, and backpacking as well as travelling around the world.  Living in Tucson I have felt particularly drawn to the many "Sky Islands" around southern Arizona and have endeavored to hike and backpack in as many of them as I can.  I have traveled to Germany, the Philippines, and Japan and plan to visit many more countries in the future.  

 At the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany.

At the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany.

 Hiking in the Rincon Mountains with my dog Kira.

Hiking in the Rincon Mountains with my dog Kira.