"Jeff models how to create authentic, memorable adventures through first-person experiences. His 'can-do' attitude connects with viewers of all ages—younger travelers and baby boomers alike."
- Small World Productions, Real Road Adventures
A NOTE FROM JEFF
I experienced family travel sitting in the trundle seat of a 1969 Ford station wagon, fighting with my little sister and watching the asphalt trail away behind us as we embarked on a three-week road trip west. We stared in wonder into the abyss of the Grand Canyon, gasped for air on Rocky Mountain hikes, and crossed the Golden Gate Bridge on the fourth of July. We laughed and bickered, and Mom read to us from the AAA guide books to keep us kids from strangling one another.
Years later, I picked up a music degree (classical piano) and interned at a music studio where I wrote and recorded the songs that eventually landed me a gig in Nashville. As that was fizzling, I was beginning to land singing and voiceover jobs for radio and TV, which turned into a job hosting Restore America on HGTV and nearly 150 how-to episodes for the recently mothballed DIY Network. At one point, my best friend, most adventurous travel partner, talented videographer, and wife, Sherri, and I had two amazing daughters. Every summer, we dragged them across the country or abroad on meandering road trips where they, too, learned the awe and wonder of new vistas, people, and places.
Lucky me, one day I landed a dream-job hosting travel shows on PBS with the talented people at Small World Productions in Seattle. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better group of people to work with.
That brings us to today, where I'm just as curious about the world as I was in the backseat of the family station wagon, lo, those many years ago. I feel lucky to live in an age when travel like this is possible, but I also feel a deep responsibility to address the footprint each and every one of us leaves on this great Earth.
When we’re not shooting on location somewhere in the world, we make “home” in several places throughout the year - a bit in the verdant Pacific Northwest, a bit in Southern California, and a bit in a small college town in rolling Appalachian Ohio, where Sherri and I raised our daughters. Both of them are out in the world now, making it a better place for all of us. After all of the travel and adventure, being their father has been, by far, the greatest adventure of my life.
Thank you for following along with my journey. I hope we can meet up somewhere along the road soon.