At the age of fifteen , a friend and I commandeered a row boat with a fifteen horse motor. As we headed out of the bay and entered the Atlantic Ocean the motor quit. After spending a rocky night in the boat we were towed back to the dock into the arms of a state trooper. Three days later I entered a writing contest at school detailing my adventure and won first place. This was a turning point in my life as I discovered the trill of adventure and my love of writing..
After earning a degree in Forestry form Rutgers University, I headed to the Pacific Northwest to fight forest fires. As a fire crew boss I thrived on the excitment of fire fighting. One day, I attended a talk on teaching in bush Alaska, visions of hunting moose, bear, and living with the Eskimos filled my imagination. Three weeks later, I headed to the Arctic to earn a degree in teaching at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. After getting a certificate to teach science, my wife and I headed to the Alaskan Bush as teachers. Being dropped off by a six seat airplane in a remote village on the Yukon River is a trill I will never forget. In my eleven years in the frozen north I came to love the wilderness and the people who lived there.
Needing to be closer to our aging parents, my wife, three kids and I moved to Sharon Springs, NY, to a farm in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. We raise sheep, pumpkins and produce maple syrup on our farm.