I have enjoyed travel, natural history and birding in particular since my childhood. I like to get comfortably lost in new places and find my way back by asking questions, observing the terrain and listening to the environmental rhythms.
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1970 and spent three years as a teacher and environmental specialist in the Peace Corps in Nepal. Later, I returned to the U.S. to receive my Ph.D. in natural resources from the University of Michigan. While students, my wife, Joan, and I launched Journeys International with a trek to Nepal in 1978. On that trip, we met our dear friend Pemba Tsering Sherpa (who passed away in 2009), and together we developed a vision of small-group travel that would contribute to environmental and cultural preservation. Over more than three decades, we expanded our reach to dozens of countries while maintaining our commitment to innovation and personal connection. I have been fortunate to visit most of the destinations you find on these pages, whether with my family, solo, or with a Journeys group.
Though I no longer come to the office daily, I continue to serve on the Board of Advisors for the Earth Preservation Fund, to contribute to projects in my areas of expertise, and to talk to travelers who I’ve had the delight of traveling with over the years. The people I have met while traveling have been one of the greatest joys of my work, and I’d still relish the opportunity to talk to you.