Hi, I’m Eric, and I’m here to introduce you to my epic blog, Wilde Escape.
I have had a few blog attempts over the years, but let’s say they didn’t work out to anything. I honestly think only three people even read it. Thanks, Mum!
This time is different! I enlisted a few friends for assistance. I wanted to create a blog that could become a community. My goal, this time, was to direct it towards outdoor recreation.
We all have passions. For me, I love everything outdoors (except for snakes). I also am always on the lookout for pieces of gear that can serve multiple purposes. This ties into my lifelong goal of trying to become a minimalist.
And, we all know how 2020 went. So making sure you are prepared for whatever life throws at you is a must.
Throughout my life, I was a closed book and an introvert (that is, until you get to know me). Overall, I don’t think I have a crazy exciting story. But since you are reading this, let’s see where it takes us.
I lived in three states while growing up. My family settled in California. I know, I know we could go into all of it, but let’s face it, it’s California, and don’t hold that against me.
When I’m not working, I love camping, hiking, biking, shooting, and pretty much any outdoor activity. To escape California, I tend to spend a lot of time in Nevada, Oregon, and Utah when I can.
In fact, my last road trip took me to Colorado. Thanks to good friends that moved there. And, I cannot wait to go back!
I have gotten a few questions recently about what I do for a living. Well, like most people, I have worked for as long as I can remember. To make it easy, I’ll share a few of the jobs I’ve had:
- Cleaning houses and businesses
- House sitting
- Pet sitting
- Data entry and claim processing
- Lot’s of customer services jobs
- Gun range safety officer
- Armored transportation
- Armed guard
- Law enforcement
I’m sure there are more in there, but that is what I can think about right now.
A Few Passions
As I mentioned above, I have a passion for gear and equipment. I always seem to have people ask me about the items I use or am considering purchasing. If there are items out there that can serve more than one purpose, I’m all about them!
If you are wondering, MacGyver was one of my favorite TV shows growing up.
I also enjoy finding hacks for everyday life. My most recent is when you are cooking eggs, and that darn little shell slips in. Have you ever just used half of the eggshell in your hand. I realized this a few years ago, and it has changed everything. I no longer have to try and fish out that stubborn little eggshell but can easily scoop it out with the larger, more significant eggshell piece. Game Changer!
Then I decided to look that up on YouTube.
Sadly I found this egg hack is old news. Oh well, I thought I was a genius, but I guess not.
Twists & Turns In Life
Over the last few years, my life has taken some pretty crazy twists and turns.
One thing that has helped me out is slowly being an open book. I used to keep everything inside, and after a life of don’t this, I soon found that’s not healthy or smart to do.
That is also when I started to realize that the difficult things I’ve gone through have helped others.
Maybe this is another reason for starting this site as well. Who knew!
This example I am sharing below was one of my turning points.
A recent example of opening up is growing up in a single-family home. It started with being a Cop. After responding to a call, I could tell a young person was having some difficulties with life in general.
I gave the person my business card and advised them to call me whenever.
Not long after, we sat down at a local park and talked.
I realized that this young person believed they were alone. I decided to share some things I faced while growing up. I included that for me, my Mum is my rock, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without her. I owe her my life and am so thankful for everything she has done for me.
Our discussion also included, we both grew up in a single-family home, were dyslexic, and struggled in school.
Long(er) story short, we stayed in touch. I later learned, this individual decided to work on their family relationships and even join a school sports team.
I found this encounter didn’t only help this young person, but it also helped me.
Our Blog Community
With all this said, my overall reason for creating this blog is to help.
I have enjoyed reading and following many blogs, podcasts, and YouTube videos over the years.
One of my greatest achievements is being able to achieve my lifelong goal of being a first responder. The process, for me, was both challenging and the most rewarding thing I’ve done.
If you ever have questions, concerns, or want to say hey, I would love it if you left a comment on anything I write.
You can also send me an email, Eric@WildeEscape.com, and I will get back to you.
All the best,
Founder of the blog Wilde Escape