Hello! Thanks for checking out my website: TheTravelingGeiger.com.
With this website I will share my travel stories and adventures in the hopes that it will give you inspiration for trips of your own.
This is me. Jake Geiger.
I am a Cheesehead from Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. My younger years were spent running track and playing competitive soccer all across the country. This continued through high school and into college. In December 2012, I graduated from the University of Dubuque with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science. I remained in Iowa for another year, working for the Conservation Corps, before moving out West to pursue my outdoor passions. I fell in love with the West! I currently live in Scottsdale, Arizona with my girlfriend Glenna. You can find her amazing blog on She Who Travels.
The Summer of 2012
This blog began the summer between my junior and senior years of college. Looking for adventure (cue Tom Petty), I set off on a 2,000 mile road trip across the U.S. I took a job with Xanterra, a concessionaire of Grand Canyon National Park, and worked in the gift shop of the Bright Angel Lodge. For the next 3 months, I lived, worked, and played in one of the natural wonders of the world. My little cabin in the woods was literally only a 5 minute walk from the rim. At “work”, I would gaze out on a sight that 5 million people each year travel thousands of miles to see. While selling T-shirts and souvenirs wasn’t a dream job, it did open my eyes to the joys of travel and experiencing new places. Not only was I able to see the Grand Canyon in a way few visitors can, I also made friends from around the world. I learned break-dancing moves from a German, listened to my Jamaican roommate converse in Patois, and partied in Vegas with 3 friends from Singapore. In short, I had the time of my life and all because I took a chance and placed myself in a totally new environment.
My adventures in the Grand Canyon, coupled with two college field trips (2010 in Washington, and 2011 to Utah) really whet my appetite for travel. Since then, annual road trips have followed as well as extensive backpacking trips into our country’s beautiful National Parks. I took my trips across the globe in 2015 when I backpacked around Europe for 3 months. I followed that up with a summer on the road in the American West in 2016. But honestly, I have barely scratched the surface.