Let me start by telling you a little bit about myself. I like to hike, write, photograph, and read. I’m also very passionate about the country’s National Parks and the Buffalo Bills. But above all else, I am a family man. I’ve been like that since my son, Noah, was born in the summer of 2013. My wife gave birth to our daughter, Charlotte, a year and a half later. Noelle, the best dog in the world, rounds out our version of the stereotypical American family. We live in Western New York, in the suburbs of Buffalo.
I published my first book, The Adventures of a Day Hiker: An Exploration of America’s National Parks, in March of 2015 about my experiences in many of the National Parks out west. Then I started a blog, The Adventures of a Day Hiker, based on my book about a year later. I’ve been told to try writing a novel, but I’m not much for making stuff up. I like to write about what I know and love. So, that’s why I decided to start this blog (in addition to my hiking blog). I have named it Just an Ordinary Man Trying to Be an Extraordinary Dad. I feel like that title describes me well. Being the best dad I can be is my number one priority. However, I’m learning as I go and certainly don’t have all the answers. I may not be the “World’s Greatest Dad” and I’m no expert, but I will try my absolute hardest to make my kids proud of having me as their father.
I’ve been working on my second book, And Then There Were Two… A New Father’s Perspective, since my son was born. I’ve been writing about how my life has changed since the arrival of my children and the emotional journey my kids have taken me on. I’m planning on writing it until my daughter turns two and then hoping to complete the book in the summer of 2017.