An explorer at heart, I started taking hiking seriously in the spring of 2010. Before that I was mostly into mountain biking but discovered an incompatibility between my strong desire to explore places I had never been before and my distaste for technical bike routes full of rocks and roots, hence the conversion to foot power! For me, hiking is all about exploration and discovery. If a trail has unique features or breathtaking scenery I'm all for it. For now I am strictly a day hiker, accompanied always by my faithful sidekick, Lacey the wonder-dog. I'd love to find a human hiking buddy for some deeper back country excursions that just aren't safe going solo.