Michael was born and raised in Connecticut, where he knocked out every foilage-filled hike he could between soccer practices and school work. While getting his degree in Political Science from the University of Connecticut, he worked three summers in Yellowstone and fell in love with traveling, camping, and chasing summits.


After graduating, he has worked as a reporter in South Africa, a teacher in Asia, and backpacked through New Zealand and South America. While abroad he is always in search of challenging hikes and the best (or strangest) local restaurants in whatever big city or small town he happens to be in.


When he isn’t collecting passport stamps, he is in or near a National Park. He’s had the opportunity to call the Tetons, Sierras, Rockies, and Kenai Penninsula home at some point. If not in the woods or on a trail, Michael is working through his ever-growing reading list, trying to bake the perfect pie, or beating his friends at a board, card, or ball game.


What’s your favorite vacation destination?

India. Lots of curries, train rides, history, and wow moments!

What’s your favorite hike?

Cole Cole Beach in Chile. You start at an amazing deserted beach with wild horses, and end at an even more impressive beach with dolphins!

What’s your favorite bike ride?

In Seoul, there is a path which takes you along the river, through parks, and on the greatest Sunday you can imagine.

Favorite movie?

Casablanca, it's a classic for a reason!

Favorite book?

For Whom the Bell Tolls, another classic for a reason.

Favorite song?

Anything off the album Rumours by Fleetwood Mac.

When did you first catch the travel bug?

It probably set in before I actually went anywhere, as a kid with my nose in a book reading about someplace exciting.

What are your hobbies?

Hiking, camping, kayaking, and exploring wherever I happen to be.