What is wheresTODDnow.com?

wheresTODDnow.com is a web site dedicated to chronicaling my quest to do… well…. Everything!!!!!

The purpose of this site is to keep track of all of my adventures and misadventures, to make it easier to answer questions about my trips and to help others who are trying to get into the same things. And in general, it's just something to do! I got into web design in my junior year of college and have been trying to figure out a good excuse to put a nice page together ever since, and I think this qualifies.

If you have any questions or wanna talk about a specific trip, wanna talk gear, design or just want to drop me a line, feel free.

History of the site

In my senior year of college, I read an article about a guy named John Goddard, who was a world traveler and adventurer.  In the article, he explained how at the age of 16, he had created a list of 127 things he wanted to do before his time on this great hunk of rock was up.  These were not tiny little things, but huge feats.  On his list were items like climbing Denali, learning to speak French, Arabic and Spanish, exploring the Congo river, studying primitive cultures in the Borneo, and one of my personal favorites, ride an elephant, camel, ostrich and bronco.  At the time, he had achieved most of the list, with items like visit the moon, still to be done. 

John Goddards Life List

At the time, I had just started to feel like I was finally going to graduate and get a job making some reasonable amount of money to allow me to try out a number of things I had never had the chance to try before. I had always had the desire to try a lot of these outdoor adventure sports.  However, trying to find someone in Essex County NJ to do these things with was a bit of a stretch.  So after I read the article, I decided the time was ripe to come up with my own life list and start out on crossing the items off. 

As I started doing the research, I found that the web was a good resource to find out information, but with all the different types of activities on my list there was no one universal resource where I could find out how to get started.   So I started putting one together for myself.  Being that many of the sports and activities I wanted to do required a good deal of experience before I would be at the level to achieve my lofty goals, I started plotting out a broad plan for which areas I would tackle first.  It was slow going at first, b ut I found that as I got into one sport, and started talking about my list, I would find other like minded individuals who were able to help me get closer to my goals. 

As my materials started to grow, I decided I needed a more formal way to keep up with them.  At the time, I had a box filled with magazine articles, web page printouts, and an excel file that had a list of all the places I wanted to go.  By the time I was ready to get started, around 2000, I had about 50 items on my list. 

As I began knocking items off my list, I started including trip logs, photos and gear lists with my materials, for those who after hearing my crazy stories, expressed interest in doing the same things.  So I decided to put together a web site, so people could just go to the site and get all the information they needed. 

Since then, I have continuously added trips to my list (generally faster than I can knock them off) as I become interested in new sports and hear about great places other people have ventured to.  Today, my list stands at 134 items long. And I fear that by the time I hit the 50 mark, it will be up to 200. 

Well done is better than well said.    -Benjamin Franklin

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