I grew up in a small town called Granite Falls, Wa. When I was a kid, I had always dreamed I could see the world some day. However, at the same time I felt a very strong sense of responsibility to fill the role in society that I was "supposed" to fit in to. After high school, I did a couple trips around the country (Woodstock 99, Mardi Gras, and my first Burning man in 2000) that really opened my eyes to the excitement of going some place new. Once i returned from those trips, however I decided that I had enjoyed my youth sufficiently and now it was time to get to work. Fast forward about 10 years and I found myself sitting on two worthless homes, facing bankruptcy, and stuck in a job that was going nowhere. I was not aware at the time I started, but all of this "responsibility" was not as rewarding as I had expected it to be. In fact, i felt trapped.

In 2010 I decided to make a change and went back to Burning Man for the first time in 10 years. My brother had been going every year since the first one we attended back in 2000, but had never really built anything. This time around we decided to bring a big art piece and designed a 3 story steel and plywood building that three people erected in a couple days. Standing in front of our creation and seeing all the smiles it brought to people brought on an incredible sense of accomplishment. The reward I got to my psyche was the boost I needed to start making changes in my life. Five years and many projects later, and we have built a vibrant community where lots and lots people get to participate in the Burning Man experience.

Meeting Rachel in 2012 turned my life around again. She was just the partner I needed in life. In the early part of 2014, circumstances were such that I was finally able to make my dreams come true and start traveling full time. In October, we decided to completely take the plunge by selling all of our possessions and hitting the road. Ridding ourselves of the burden brought on by a lifetime worth of useless stuff and refocusing our attention on building character rather than collections of objects has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I cant wait to share all of the good feelings I have had.