Our family sprung from the prairies of Nebraska, but while heading
north to the big woods of Minnesota, the model T broke down in Spicer,
MN. We stayed. For over five generations we’ve swum, skied,
kayaked and hiked, now centering in Bayfield, WI on Lake Superior.
I first went to Scandinavia at the age of 17 and toured the area
extensively on a private coach tour. In college I was an English
major and picked up teaching credentials just in time to head abroad
for the great hippie migration. I worked six months in Helsinki,
then traveled throughout Western and Central Europe as well as parts
of the Near East via hitchhiking, bicycling, motorcycling, train
and native bus.
We mostly camped with the occasional youth hostel. It was 1972,
I was 23 and it was the greatest adventure of my life!
Upon my return stateside I spent three years in the backpacking
business in Colorado, with my company eventually being sold to North
Face. But I was thrilled testing the winter camping gear, cross
country skis and fly-fishing equipment, let alone all of the backpacking
countryside we logged.. I was done with teaching and headed back
to Minnesota for an MBA.
Family and a marketing career intervened for 30 years, but I resumed
traveling when my daughters were young. Everything from dude ranches
in the Rockies to exploring the pristine prairie and moonscapes
of the Badlands. Then later on to Mexico, Jamaica and finally London
And now I have the time to rekindle my passion for adventure travel
at age 62. Trekking to exotic places has been my quest. I’m
soon to venture out to my second trek in Bhutan with a stop in Kathmandu
to see how the once ‘enlightened hippie trail’ has changed.