The Adventure of Life
It was fairly obvious to my folks early on that I had the ‘adventurer’ gene in my DNA. I ran the gamut of cub scouts and exploring the bush on my own before I hit high school. The adventures almost came to an abrupt, sticky and engine-fumed end when I was 15. I set off to cycle Europe. What my parents were thinking I have no idea! My advice – don’t try to navigate rush hour traffic cruising the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris on a bicycle.
Knowing that once I went to university my adventure schedule would be curtailed, I decided I was going to have to cram as much adventure in the brief moments I could grasp. I decided to get a good top-up first, so for a gap year I cycled through Scandinavia, climbed Kilimanjaro, overlanded through Africa for nearly six months, and got my pilot’s licence and scuba diver’s certification.
Once university started, I filled my summers with as many adventures as I could; six weeks backpacking through Madagascar, eight weeks in India, Nepal, Tibet and China, and then two months pulling an invasive species of water weed from the bottom of a pond – not so adventurous but hard work and very, very muddy!
By the time graduation rolled around, I had developed an almost insatiable taste for diving and went to work with my father in Florida – a cave diving mecca!
Then came my greatest adventure, one that hasn’t stopped and keeps getting better – I married my beautiful wife and we moved to South Africa.
1 September 2018
We have embarked on a new adventure as a family. Leaving, Africa behind, sadly, after many years, we have now moved across continents and an ocean to Colorado, USA. Leaving family, friends and trips into the African wild behind, we are now surrounded by mountains and new experiences.