A Wish Becomes a Mission: How it All Began

Recently, I was fortunate to join hundreds of outdoor enthusiasts at the Conservation Alliance Breakfast in Denver, CO. The Keynote speaker was Mr. Timothy Egan, the inspiring author of one of my favorite books, The Worst Hard Time. He spoke about just one of the many...

Sometimes You Need A Little Hubris

Last month I travelled to Washington, D.C. to help honor television personalities Jack Steward and Colton Smith. They were receiving an award from NPCA for their inspiring show, “Rock the Park,” and I was thrilled to be there to honor my friends at the NPCA’s annual...

Diagversary

Nine years ago my parents took my brother and me to the Boundary Waters for the first time. For me, it was like coming home. I fell in love, and, as I was recently reminded, I sobbed when it was time to leave. Since then, the BWCA has become “my place” – that space in...

Winter Is My Season

They all have their appeal, but something about the cold and the snow, the way that they seem to calm the chaos of everyday life, appeals to me.  I wait for winter the same way that most kids wait for their Summer vacation. Winter makes no apologies – you’re either...

Cancer and Mining Suck

Cancer can suck the joy and the energy right out of you (my mom won’t let me open with “Cancer Sucks”). It’s as simple as that. That’s why when I was diagnosed with leukemia, I decided to use it to do something good. I had known for some time that my favorite place in...