While I thought that I had the best job situation five years ago when this was first posted, working for the Arizona Trail Association and Arizona River Runners, my job now is better than I ever could have imagined. I started a consulting company, Trails Inspire, and am now my own boss! My company promotes the outdoors via writing, photography, public speaking and events and I also do trail design and development. It's a dream come true, I've been able to partner with organizations such as the Arizona Office of Tourism, REI, Pima County, Partnership for the National Trails System and many more. I now travel and hike for work not only around the state but also around the country.
My company's big project is a trail system for the town of Tusayan, I did the development of the Master Plan last year and now we're in the environmental survey phase. I also work as a subcontractor to design trails for other firms.
The most exciting news is I'm currently writing my first book for Wilderness Press, Day Hikes on the Arizona National Scenic Trail, coming out in Spring 2020. It's going to have about 25 of the best pieces of the trail with lots of interpretive information about what you'll see along the way and tips and tricks for desert hiking. It's been a blast doing the research and revisiting the AZT after all these years!