I did lots of camping/hiking as a kid in the Scouts, and I still strive to 'be prepared.' After high school, I got bored with more school and enlisted in the Army Corps. of Engineers, doing two tours in Vietnam.
Post military, I completed BS and MBA degrees and spent several decades with Corporate America, working mostly in the areas of conventional and renewable energy. I also spent over a decade as a self-employed small business consultant in marketing and finance.
As a young family man with a wife and two kids, we spent many vacations camping and hiking in northern Minnesota. I spent additional long weekends fishing the rivers and camping/hiking along the North Shore of Lake Superior.
I retired early and hit the trails hard-- in the lower-48, Alaska, and western Canada. These days I backpack, car-camp and day-hike, go snowshoeing, and try to get the grand-kids out to teach them the ways of the trail.
Other interests include American Revolutionary War and Civil War history, 19th and 20th century firearms, Native American history; business and macroeconomics.
I'm a recently-licensed amateur (Ham) radio operator, and I look forward to many radio-related adventures in coming months. Life is good!
Member, Superior Hiking Trail Association;
Member, Appalachian Mountain Club;
Member, ARRL- Amateur Radio Relay League, the National Assoc. for Amateur Radio;
Twin Cities Metro Skywarn Spotter;
Twin City FM Club;
Richfield Amateur Radio Club;
QRP ARCI, Low-Power Amateur Radio Club International;
Honorary Member, Toronto QRP Society;
Life Member, National Rifle Association