Author Archives: Mike

About Mike

I have a passion for adventure travel that began in 1989 with my first overseas trip: climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Having never been to a foreign country, Africa felt like being on another planet; I knew then and there I was hooked on travel. Since that time, I have visited all seven continents and dozens of countries. I’m using the experience I’ve gained in planning my own trips to help my clients plan their own adventures through my adventure travel company (http://www.offtrailtravel.com). After working as a firefighter for the US Forest Service in California and Wyoming for three years, I moved to Durango, Colorado where I graduated from Fort Lewis College with a degree in accounting. After graduation I moved to the Denver area where I worked in a Big Eight accounting firm to obtain my CPA license; soon afterward I began a career as an auditor with the Colorado Department of Education. My background in accounting helped me develop detailed-oriented skills that have been extremely useful in researching and planning my own travel over the years. I think this provides a unique asset to my clients in putting together their adventure travel plans. I currently live in Golden, Colorado with my wife Valerie, who shares my love of adventure travel. I’m an active member of the Colorado Mountain Club where I lead trips for club members and have taught ski lessons in their Telemark Ski School. I enjoy skiing, mountain hiking, trail running, photography, and astronomy. I take any opportunity I can get to explore new places, whether it’s on the other side of the world or just down the road.

Sailing in the Lofoten Islands of Norway

In November, 2014 we did a sailing trip in the Lofoten Islands of Norway. The main goal of the trip was to see the Northern Lights, which we did see on 3 different occasions. It was a spectacular trip. We … Continue reading

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Icelandic Road Trip: Exploring the Eastern Fjords

We slept in late on our first morning in Eskifjordur; the long drive the day before really wore us out. The apartment we rented was missing something very important: filters for the coffee machine. Rather than run around the village … Continue reading

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Icelandic Road Trip: Glaciers, Fjords, and Eggs

We drove for a couple of hours along the South Coast of Iceland after our exciting snowcat tour of Mt. Hekla. It was getting late, and we were tired, but we had to make a stop at yet another waterfall: … Continue reading

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Icelandic Road Trip: Snowcat on a Volcano

Today, we leave the verdant green cliffs of Heimay Island for the snow and windblown summit of Iceland’s tallest active volcano: Mount Hekla. The first step in the journey was getting back to Iceland proper. We awoke early, had breakfast, … Continue reading

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Icelandic Road Trip: Westman Islands

Time to say goodbye to our little apartment in Laugarvatn and head out to our next destination: The Westman Islands of south Iceland. The weather started cold and rainy, but got better as the day progressed. We had some time … Continue reading

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Icelandic Road Trip: Geysers and Waterfalls

Nice, leisurely day getting up late to help alleviate any residual jet lag. Today, we visited two of Iceland’s most popular attractions: Geysir and Gullfoss Falls. Both of these were just a few minutes drive time from our apartment hotel … Continue reading

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Icelandic Road Trip: Snorkeling the Silfra Fissure

Scuba diving and snorkeling are probably the last activities anyone would ever equate with the country of Iceland. But on Day Two of our journey, that’s what we decided to do. Thingvellir National Park, located in western Iceland, is an … Continue reading

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