What would you most like to be doing right now? Why aren’t you doing it? It’s time. I’ll see you out there.
After the next winter working as an instructor at a rock climbing gym and saving his pennies, he spent months the next summer cycle touring the mid-west and back country kayaking and canoeing. The following years followed similar tracts: work hard half the year and save everything then take off on another trip in the wilderness.
Never afraid of odd jobs, Ryan has found himself working as a wildland firefighter, snow cat operator, carpenter, high-rise window cleaner, inventor and photographer among many other things.
Through all the long trips and interesting employment, he has always maintained a passion for photography. Well before every cell phone had a camera built in, Ryan would seldom be found without his weatherproof 35mm Olympus.
After selling his home/sailboat in 2017, he got a one way ticket to Mexico to spend what he imagined would be a few weeks sailing with and photographing friends in the Sea of Cortez. Four months later he returned to the U.S. having shot hundreds of Gb of photos and video with his drones (one having found its way into the ocean). He is a licensed commercial drone pilot which allows him to shoot areal photos and videos for his clients.
Ryan now lives in Northern Michigan and works as a photographer and inventor. There he is virtually never found without a camera or drone within arm’s reach.