I am an odd duck, always have been, always will be, a bit of a jack of all trades but a master of none. Ever since I was a small child I have been told I was born in the wrong century, and I could not agree more! Give me a sheep and some time and I will give you numerous meals, a new rug and a sweater in return. Drop me off in the middle of nowhere and I will be fine, that actually sounds quite lovely! Ask me to put an app on your phone and I am lost, I find a lot of technology baffling. I enjoy the simple things in life and try to live simply so I can simply live.
I was raised on a small farm in Western Massachusetts, surrounded by three older generations. I was very fortunate to have such an upbringing; I learned an immense amount from my older family members. This direct handing down of knowledge and skills is rare in this day and age. My love and respect for the natural world was a direct consequence of my upbringing, as is my love of wood working and drive for self reliance.
I attended Unity College in Maine and while there, cultivated my knowledge and skills in the outdoor pursuits. I became proficient at traversing the wilder parts of our world through my own power, be it by my own two feet, canoe, kayak, skis or snow shoes. I have led up to 28 day long wilderness courses, guided rock climbing and mountaineering in Yosemite, patrolled the Appalachian Trail, traveled miles through underground caves, paddled class 4 white water in an open canoe and have sea kayaked in big seas miles from land. At Unity College I really learned that I desire to be challenged and I thrive on adventure.
I have done my best to settle down as I have aged, but the longer I am sedentary the hotter the fire burns for travel and adventure. As Helen Keller said “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” It’s been far too long since I have had a daring adventure; I am ready for something big. My younger, wilder years have laid the groundwork for something potentially epic and the past several years have focused my desire and resolve into a steely edge.
Mark my words, I am going to build Arabella and take her around the world, come hell or high water. Nothing will stop me. I hope you will all join me in this journey; you will get to witness trees becoming lumber, lumber becoming a boat and that boat circumnavigating the world. I promise you will learn a lot and see some pretty cool stuff along the way.
Don’t believe me? Just watch.