Hey, I’m Devin
Welcome! I’m happy you’re here.
You can call me Devin or Jukebox. Either way, I’m an adventurous spirit from Pennsylvania who is always on the move, sometimes even referred to as free range. Lover of most things outdoors, I can be found rock climbing, cycling, hiking and practicing yoga.
My story goes like this:
I worked in business for almost four years and decided I was no longer happy at my desk job and wanted to search for something more meaningful. At that time, I had been teaching yoga for about 2 years and decided I would teach full time. About three months after that decision, in September 2017, I changed my mind and decided it was time to follow my dreams and explore the world. With a pack on my back, I embarked on a journey that has yet to find its end.
Since the adventure began, I have spent 3 months in SE Asia teaching yoga, eating the most delicious food, climbing, hiking, and learning about the diverse cultures; 3 months in Colorado with some of my siblings hiking, climbing and meeting rad people; I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail while raising money ($25,000) and awareness for The Hillside School; and finally, I went on a road trip around the Pacific Northwest where I found myself falling in love with the wilderness enough to confirm my next escapade: thru hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in 2019.
For the PCT, I have partnered with HIKE for Mental Health to raise funds for a great cause and reduce the stigma of mental illness. As an all-volunteer organization, they distribute 100% of contributions raised by their hikers, aka me. It is a non-profit that I can totally stand behind since 80 cents from every dollar funds scientific research to prevent, cure, and treat mental illness and 20 cents maintains and preserves wilderness trails. Amazing, right? Plus, this cause is a personal one. Over the past few years, I have struggled with managing my anxiety and depression but I have always found nature to be a source of comfort. I know how impactful time spent outside is for my overall happiness, and I want to help create a similar opportunity for others while simultaneously creating healthy conversations around mental health.
Until I board the plane that will take me westward to begin the ~2,600 mile hike, I will be home in PA working and resting my feet (which are still recovering from the AT).