Found on this site is a smattering of adventures, projects, short movies, and other items that I managed to put up on line. I try hard to include lots of pictures and media. If you see anything you like feel free to contact me. Unfortunately I have Gigs of pictures and pages of stories with too little time to compose and add it all. The site is a work in progress that aught to grow alongside myself over the years.
My name is Jeremy Brodhead, and I am the very dirty face in the upper left! See that smile? That's because I am covered head to foot in mud and loving it! Memories of my younger life are dominated by the woods. Going to a Tom Brown Native American tracking camp for a few days with my father left a lasting impression on a very young mind. I remember building traps that got more and more complex as I got older. Summers were spent sleeping out of a tent in the woods or up on a hill behind one of my neighbor's houses with my friends. As I got older I wandered farther and farther from home pushing the boundaries in search of the next big adventure. What started as any young kids jaunt into the woods behind his parent's house has now taken me across the US and the world.
Of course the means have changed some, there are now often mountain bikes, climbing harnesses, snow shoes, cars with trailers, and motorcycles included to keep things interesting. Something of my psyche can be gleaned from the ways I prefer to spend my time. Mountain biking for hours with my dog in the woods sounds like an ideal way to spend the day. 400 feet off the deck with a painful finger jam in a crack, I might as well be the only person on the planet. Breaking tracks in new snow as you plod along wondering at the white crystal beauty presented before you. These are the things I dream of. Those moments are forever in my mind but better yet when shared at the end of the day. Something about my nature always attracted me to competition with myself. I set my own standard so I have something to push against.
I have a very vivid memory of trying to disassemble an old broken push mower with my neighbor when I was young. Sounds strange but seeing what a real engine piston looked like along with all the other bits was the coolest thing ever. I am absolutely intrigued with how things work. I tend to take things apart and try to improve or fix them sometimes with success and sometimes not. I wish parts and tools weren't so expensive so I could create great bastard mechanical creations. One day it will happen. I stopped pushing my mechanical boundaries years ago and a part of me cries at wasted potential.
I was completely hooked. Genetics was machinery on the molecular scale. It only took my first William Collier biology course as a freshman at Solebury to lead me almost 10 years later to a Bachelors of Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Penn State University. My accomplishments in science have allowed me to travel as far as Singapore to work and live for a year.
Environmentalist. What does it mean? Do you protect seals from being battered and recycle your glass or do you ride a bicycle instead of an SUV to work? How much to do and where? What are you willing to sacrifice? Is sacrifice necessary? Why do I care? Am I making any difference? The three R's, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Currently, I like the first the most. Yet I drive a Subaru which thanks to its AWD system gets only marginal mileage. I should ride my bike the 8 miles into town to do errands but almost always drive instead. I compromised and bought a motorcycke that gets 65 miels to the gallon. It that enough? Recycling is easy, buying used clothing is easy, turning lights off is easy, keeping the temp low in the house is easy, buying groceries from the supermarket is easy, ordering goods made in china is easy, and driving my car to town is also easy. I hate it and yet do it all.
Oliver is my dog and he has become a truly phenomenal dog. Check out my dog rental video! This crazy beast was a wild child when I adopted him in May of 2003. I had just graduated from Penn State University and was living in a house which was completely trashed from being occupied by 5 members of the PSU cycling team. The house was wild with dirty bikes, cyclists, parties, and less then sanitary occupants. These were the challenging circumstances in which I had to ingrain some basic senses of right and wrong into Oliver. Oliver is not one of those clingy types of dogs, don't get me wrong, he loves the company, but he is very independent. I read all sorts of stuff about training dogs in the beginning, and we were making large improvements while growing closer by the month. There was one problem however, Oliver loves mountain biking. He loves it so much, that he forgets that I am biking with him and he just keeps on running. Well, through hard work and training those crazy days are over and it has been a breeze ever since. We stick together for countless bike rides, hikes, road trips (he loves road trips), bike races, climbing trips, and I even took him spelunking once!
I am entering a new chapter in my life and who knows where it will take me. I am now a registered nurse working in Utah, learning much and playing in the surrounding mountains. May we all never stop learning, doing, experiencing, and challenging.
© October 5, 2009