I’ve always wanted to do something big with my life, but now that I’m at the precipice of it, I find it both scary and exhilarating. I honestly have no idea how I’m going to pull this off.
The idea is to photograph all 58 National Parks throughout America over the next 10 years. The end result will be a book that showcases the untapped and unrivaled beauty of my country’s wild side - the nature of America. I’m calling this quest and the final book “Wild”. I’m doing this for two main reasons:
1. I’m photographing the wild throughout America.
2. This is wild. It’s by far the scariest thing I’ve committed to in my life.
Why I’m Doing This
The book will stand as a testament to anyone that reads it that taking on a quest for your life is possible. Despite all the excuses raging through my head right now, I want to prove that it is possible to do something amazing and still be a father of four kids currently 2 - 12 years old, run a business, and support a wife who is tackling her PhD in nursing education. My biggest fear in life is that I’ll simply live the motions. You know what I’m talking about: Get up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, clean up, do homework with kids, go to bed, rinse & repeat.
I can’t begin to describe the blessings I feel as a father and a husband, and at the same time, I believe it’s possible to grow those blessing while chasing the wild in my own heart. I never want my family to be the excuse for not chasing my dreams. I want them to be a part of that dream and I want to help them live theirs.
So here I am sitting at my dining room table looking out into the night, typing on my computer, and researching flights for my first trip. Everything up to this point has been exciting because all I’ve done is talk about it. I’ve dreamed about it, researched it, poked it around a bit, but I haven’t actually made my move yet. And what am I waiting for?
Location #1: Mt. Rainier National Park
Call it the fate of the universe, but my wife just told me she’s taking the kids on a trip with here mother to the family cabin for 4 days. It’s going to be a girls weekend with the kids. I nearly fell out of my chair. Usually I would start thinking of movies I could watch and junk food I could eat, but now I’ve got this quest. I’m going to speak with her tomorrow to solidify her trip and then I’m booking a flight to Seattle, Washington. We’re going to stop number #1: Mt. Rainier National Park. It’s the 5th oldest national park in the system and has seen human habitation for over 9,000 years. The key attraction, Mt. Rainier, is massive. As usual, I’ll be bringing you guys along with me via my YouTube channel.
I can’t believe I’m doing this. I don’t know how it’s going to work. I’m not too worried about the cost of traveling to all of these locations. I’ve learned in life that if you wan’t something bad enough, the money usually shows up if you’re smart. My biggest concern is time. It’s not going to be possible for me to disappear for several days on end and travel all over the country while me wife stays at home with the kids. Remember, priority number one is family and it always will be. That means that I’ll be taking them on several of these trips, and when one-off opportunities come up like the one I currently face, I’ll need to book a flight and get going off the cuff. I own my own business so it’s possible for me to work remotely as needed.
I’m scared you guys. I know I shouldn’t be, but I am. This is mind numbing. I’m used to a life of working all day every day and having a concrete schedule. This is so unpredictable. I guess that’s why they call it an adventure. Here I go, wish me luck.