While I was in grad school at Goldsmiths College (the creative college within the University of London), I took a week while I was working on my dissertation during the summer of 2004 to take a bus up to Glasgow and hike the 100 mile West Highland Way. I was studying Design Futures as applied to museum exhibition design. (interpretation: how to save the world through design)
After my year and a half in London I moved to Portland, Oregon as my ‘ol pal Cindy had moved there and suggested Oregon would be as good a place as any to try out. I jumped at the suggestion and worked as a graphic designer for about two years before leaving to hike the Pacific Crest Trail in 2006.