Seventy Years Young - Happy Birthday Dad!
|Still willing to get out there at seventy! You look great, dad! This photo was taken last March at Big Sky, MT.|
|Dad even helped model for my snowshoeing book.|
At seventy years old, my father is always thinking and always has new ideas. From his quirky habits, such as never wearing matching socks and putting his neoprene knee braces on the outside of his pants to his creatively titled book on our dysfunctional healthcare system Assholistic Healthcare it's clear my dad is an out of the box thinker, and this is one of the things that impresses me most.
My dad has always supported me, even if it was in unconventional ways. As a young child (actually, pretty much right up through high school) I was very hard on myself academically. One time my dad offered me fifty bucks to get a bad grade on a test, just so I'd chill out and relax. When I've had my ups and downs, he's been there for me. When I said I wanted to become a photographer, after having left college without having had even an inkling of an interest in photography, he supported me. My parents could have tried to push me into a more lucrative profession, but their faith never lagged. Now look Ma and Pa, I've got a job!
|I love this shot of my parents on the big chair in a hotel in Madrid. Thanks for another great trip Mom and Dad!|
From Costa Rica and Belize, to France, Spain, Maine and Montana, my father (and mother) have taken me to amazing places and instilled in me a love of travel and the outdoors. They put me on skis when I was four and I've tried to never take them off. Skiing has become a passion of mine and was something we shared for many years. Just last March, I finally had an opportunity to ski with my father again out in Big Sky, Montana at a Wilderness Medicine Conference. He might be seventy years old, but he's not afraid to let 'em rip!
|A sunset off the coast of Monhegan Island in Maine. Just another one of the amazing places my parents have taken me.|
|Got the shot, dad?|
|A beautiful sunset in Spain during a trip with my folks two years ago.|
|One of my favorite photos from a photography class taught by Steven Johnson that I attended with my parents at the Maine Media Workshops.|
|Thanks for always being there for me dad. Happy Birthday!|