Seattle

I grew up in Illinois, but when I decided to move out west, my family followed me. I chose the desert, they chose the gray skies and rain. And I love it.

I make sure to visit this beautiful city whenever I get the chance. It’s full of intentional green spaces, beautiful seascapes, and amazingly talented innovators like Bill Gates, Howard Shultz and Jeff Bezos.

It’s hard not to be inspired when you’re here.

“I believe you have to be willing to be misunderstood if you’re going to innovate.”

– Jeff Bezos


Ireland

Ireland has to be my favorite country – everything is green and beautiful and the locals are the friendliest people you will ever meet. My wife and I were made to feel like we were at home no matter where we went.

Including these beautiful cliffs:

We stayed in Dublin, but rented a car one day to drive across the country so we could visit Galway and see the Cliffs of Moher. Learning to drive a manual transmission with my left hand was easier than expected, but keeping my eyes on the road and off the scenery was definitely a challenge.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the trip:


London

To celebrate five years of marriage, my wife and I set off on a trip to explore the UK and Ireland.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from around London and the UK:


Africa

In 2011, my wife and I took an unforgettable trip to Nairobi, Kenya. We met some amazing people and took in awe-inspiring views.  I revisited some of my favorite photos recently and updated some of the edits. None of these photos can ever truly capture the beauty of Africa, but I hope you enjoy them anyway.

 


PHX FAVS

At the beginning of this year, I rented an expensive van and took a one-way road trip to Washington, D.C. – my new home. In the past five years, I’ve made two cross-country moves. First from Illinois to Arizona and now from Arizona to D.C.

I was in Phoenix for over three years. I had great opportunities, bought a home, met lifelong friends, and fell in love with the desert. I don’t know when I’ll be back, but in the meantime I put together a few of my favorite photos from America’s greatest state.


Australia

A friend who I have known since childhood was recently accepted into a medical school program in Brisbane. The 18 hour time difference made it difficult for us to catch up, but we often made the effort anyway. One day he suggested my wife and I come visit.

And we took him up on his offer in a heartbeat.

We spent nearly two weeks in Australia, visiting Sydney, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Lady Elliot Island, and the Sunshine Coast.

It is the most beautiful country I have ever visited – pristine beaches, friendly locals, and absolutely fascinating wildlife. I’m counting down the days until we can go back and explore more of the Land Down Under.


Antelope Canyon

Sometimes the best nature has to offer is right in your own backyard.

Well…in this case, it was about four hours from my backyard.

BUT JUST LOOK AT THIS:

I’ve never seen anything like Antelope Canyon – I could have spent hours wandering around this beautiful work of art. I don’t have anything more to say, just look and see how beautiful this place is:

Not convinced? Below are a few more of my favorite photos – but nothing compares to the real thing. Just book your trip already.


Arcosanti

Born from a desire to solve the problem of urban sprawl, Arocsanti is an ongoing experiment dedicated to putting community first.

“The problem I am confronting is the present design of cities only a few stories high, stretching outward in unwieldy sprawl for miles. As a result, they literally transform the earth, turn farms into parking lots, wasting enormous amounts of time and energy transporting people, goods, & services over their expanses. My solution is urban implosion rather than explosion.” –Paolo Soleri, 1977

Here are a few of my favorite shots from this unique paradise:


Chicago

Chicago is one of my favorite cities – probably because I grew up in Illinois.

Or maybe it’s because they have the Cubs, Portillos, and world-class architecture.

Either way, here are some of my favorite photos from one of America’s greatest cities. I’ll continue to update this as I go back and visit.