Flag Bearer: Travis Hugmeyer

Flag Bearer: Travis Hugmeyer

May 05, 2018

There are a lot of people out there mouth-breathing, thinking they are living. Don’t become stagnant, keep LIVING!

How have you become a product of your environment? What does that mean to you?

I was raised in the Pacific Northwest with ample opportunity to connect with what nature had to offer. Family trips and vacations were not always mirrored to my peers; our trips included things such as camping, hiking, and experiencing all the things that were readily available, usually free or inexpensive. Retrospectively, these were some of the most significant events of my childhood and adolescence because they shaped my desire to explore and be outdoors. I learned to see and truly take in the environment while carrying my own weight. These lessons have paid dividends in both my personal and professional life.

Beer, wine, coffee, tea, whisky, water?

Most simply put, YES! But, I will caveat this with no thanks to whisky or any other liquor, just not a fan. Wine and Tea have their place, but it is far and few between for my taste. I’ll stick with Beer, Coffee and Water. There are so many activities (hiking, trail running, backpacking, etc) that at a day’s end nothing sounds better than a good cold microbrew, likely an IPA.

Life motto?

Work as though you would live forever, and live as though you would die today. Go another mile! (Og Mandino)

Tell us about the most life-changing trip or experience you’ve had.

No one trip or experience solely stands out. There are things I have taken or grown from in all travels and experiences. I will say exploring the volcanic jungles of Thailand, deserts of Kuwait, mountains of Afghanistan and lost in time countryside of Germany and Romania have certainly left their  mark. With every new destination comes a story, the history is living and depending on your purpose, could be changed yet again.

Top three travel destinations

#1. Traveling back in time to join (LEAD) the expedition of discovery of Lewis and Clark.

#2. Too many to list, but historic battlefields pull at my desire of expedition and analysis of lessons learned.

#3.  While it isn’t a specific destination, I’d like to run a race, hike or backpack in every state, territory, and D.C.  

Five things you can’t travel without.

A destination, a plan, water/water purification, snacks and something to read.

What’s the purpose of life?

Living… There are a lot of people out there mouth-breathing, thinking they are living. Don’t become stagnant, keep LIVING!

What’s your day job?

Being the best husband and father I can be to four amazing children and an incredible wife.

Worst advice you’ve even been given.

Don’t volunteer for anything, “you’ll keep getting called”.

Best advice you’ve ever been given.

Bloom where you’re planted.

Describe your perfect day.

Thriving with health and happiness, my family and I would awake based on our own needs/desires. The fridge, freezer and cupboards would have exactly the right food for complete sasiation. Outdoor activities would be countless without the this or that of normal life. Everyone’s needs and desires would be fulfilled, we’d have dinner and partake in evening activities to include dinner, games, hot tub, and children would fall asleep easily.

Where are you right now? If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be?

I’m exactly where I need to be, and I’m grateful for that. I’m blooming where I’m planted.

Dream trip?

Earning the experience of the triple crown (PCT, Continental Divide, and AT) continues to swirl in my mind as the ultimate, if not bucket list, trip(s). I have no desire to do them back-to-back as some have done. The dream is to simply cover such varied terrain and environments and take in all there is to offer in those respective parts of the USA.