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I stoked a fire for cycling on a long-ago father-son ride to northern Wisconsin, in a t-shirt, cut-offs and reject basketball shoes. A self-propelled recreation junkie and fan of all things outdoors, that first trip sparked a storytelling passion that continues with my recent cycling guidebook, the latest in a varied list of outdoor-focused titles. A regular contributor to Backpacker and regional magazines across the country, some of my other work includes Best Bike Ride Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota Waterfalls, Loop Hikes Colorado, Bicycling Wisconsin, Mountain Biking Minnesota, and spinoff projects like media guides for sporting events in the upper Midwest.
Part of the fourth generation of deep family roots in Wisconsin’s far north, I spent my formative years in that incomparable beauty of the North Country and rural, southern Minnesota, nurturing a strong affinity for the outdoors and piling up memories as a country kid. I'm showing my own two kids the finer things from those same vantage points. My passion for all things outdoors took me to the mountains in 1991, where I managed to earn a natural resources management degree at Colorado State University, in spite of irresistible alpine distractions. With a good kick in the creative butt from a former professor, I wrote my first book in the late 90s, and with an ambitious head of steam, have released at least one book every year since, in addition to an armload of consumer magazine articles.
My home base is…..wherever I happen to be. I roam between, and write from, where my heart is, in places like Wisconsin’s woods, Colorado’s mountains, and southern California. Naturally, my outlets are active, and I am either on a hiking trail wearing a backpack, or on my bicycle, wearing Lycra. A part-time racer and otherwise crazy-for-it, if I have a spare hour or five, I am on my bike.
I'll be Out There, living life at a higher latitude.