Mike has been passionate about traveling the world for nearly all his life. First inspired by his grandparents, his dreams would manifest as a lifelong pursuit of exploring all this world has to offer. His thirst to understand new cultures, explore the wilderness, and desire to learn about different political systems has driven him to venture to more than 45 countries, spanning six continents in search of new adventures and experiences. He has also spent time living and studying abroad in China and South Africa. Despite traveling to many different regions of the world, Southern Africa remains his favorite destination. Although he is always planning his next big trip, he loves living in his native city of Boston. He spends his free time skiing, rock climbing, and surfing throughout New England, or can be found kicking back over a good beer or watching a Pats game with some friends.
I'll never forget when…
At the sand dunes of Sossusvlei, I embarked on the 64 kilometer drive at sunrise starting from the gates at Sesriem to the storied Deadvlei. Along the way I spotted herds of oryx grazing along the desert flats with enormous dunes towering up behind them. I finally reached what I though was the end of road when I kicked the car into 4-wheel drive and charged through the deep sand on route to my final destination.
With the sun just peaking up above the dunes, I grabbed my camera and water bottle and made my way to the ridge line of Big Daddy, the tallest dune in the world. I slowly made my way up the dune and then jumped down the face of it into the clay pan at Deadvlei. As my eyes scanned up from the cooked clay surface to the twisted camel thorn trees and the glistening sand dunes, I imagined myself on mars in these otherworldly surroundings. Exploring this landscape is an experience I will never forget, the power of the pure vastness in the Namib Desert is something not easily described. This place is absolutely breath taking and leaves its visitors, including myself, profoundly impacted by its sheer beauty and isolation.