Bio: I'm 27 years old and have loved being outside since I can remember. As a kid I liked catching bugs and putting them in jars, examining them, and then trying to figure out what they were by looking them up in a field guide. I was enthralled to discover something, then be able to identify it and then learn all about it. My interest in all life forms hasn't ceased. Next I became obsessed with reptiles and amphibians, then plants then birds and now fungi. The interest in one subject never waned but was added to all the other subjects since in the real world they all interact. I know a vast number of plant, animal and fungi species and love looking for them and photographing them. I also love to share my knowledge, which is the purpose of this blog! I graduated from West Virginia University in 2012 with a degree in horticulture and then promptly began thru hiking the Appalachian Trail with my friend Buzz Lightyear in June of 2012 and finished in early December. Then April of 2014 I left for the Californian/ Mexican border by myself unsure of what to expect. What I found was the most spectacular landscape imaginable and among this wilderness I met some of the most interesting, friendly and fun people there are. I am very thankful to all of you who made this journey what it was, I came into a world of wonder by myself and left with a whole crew of friends and adventurers.