A Little More About Me

Hello!  I'm Mike, I run this place, and I love the outdoors.  I am from Michigan, which has a wide array of outdoor activities available to residents and visitors.  I grew up hiking (but just called it walking?), cross-country skiing, swimming, and camping.  During college, I picked up a habit of taking road trips and it sparked a whole new fire within to see the country.  For four consecutive spring breaks, friends and I would explore the country in search of new scenery and adventures.   After graduation, I moved to Texas for a job and adjusted to life in the south and to the chaos of the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area.  Since the city has limited natural areas, I've adapted and started exploring statewide to fully appreciate a new kind of outdoor lifestyle.  I've learned to love the deserts, grasslands, hills, and forests that cover this giant state.  Follow along with me and we'll explore together.

NPS Units Visited: 35/419
Named National Parks Visited: 19/61
Texas NPS Units Visited: 1/14
Texas State Park Units Visited: 15/104

Taking in the trees. Redwoods. '16

Taking in the trees. Redwoods. '16

Frozen lake in N. Minnesota '18

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Gear Forward

Gear Forward takes new or used gear, donations, and volunteer hours and outfits youth in need so they can adventure outdoors.  If you know of any kids or groups (scouts, youth groups etc), who need gear but can't quite afford it, get in touch with me. Visit the website, donate your used gear, money, or time and make a difference.  www.gearforward.org