First and foremost, I am a father, and now a grandfather. I have two grown "children." My son Bret is a military veteran now, and the freest spirit I've ever known. My daughter Carrie lives close by, and as a respiratory therapist has added a new level of expertise to my anesthesia team.
I am an outdoors person. Through my youth and later years, I have been a competitive swimmer, amateur archer, hiker, camper, mountaineer, frustrated writer (one book unpublished to date, and many letters to the editor), river rafter, and sailor.
When I have free time, I love to read, and find great healing powers in the outdoors. We are lucky to have so many wonderful and strenuous hiking areas so close to the Winchester area.
In the 1990s and beyond, I gained an interest in mountaineering, and have summited Mt. Rainier (with Bret) in Washington state; Mt. Washington (with Bret and Carrie) in New Hampshire; Mt. McKinley, a.k.a. Denali (two summits on three separate trips); and Aconcagua in Argentina, the highest peak in South America. I feel very fortunate to have been able to accomplish those goals, and it took a lot of hard work with training and time away to accomplish them.
I love all animals, and would save them all if I could.
In general, I seek to maintain an appropriate level of fitness, which allows me to continue to enjoy life to the fullest.