About Me

I'm Quincy, an outdoorsman and Nurse Practitioner living in Chicago.

When I first started this blog, I was an EMT living in Southern California and this blog has followed me throughout my graduate education in Maine and starting my career in Chicago. I've been blogging since 2010 and recorded most of my adventures in hopes of inspiring or guiding others.

I haven't always been an outdoorsman. I have no stories about my first backpacking trip when I was 3 or how I learned to fly fish before I could walk. In fact, I was more into video games than anything until I got to high school. 

I started getting more involved in the Boy Scouts of America which is perhaps the best organization for young men in this country. My first job ended up being with the Scouts as a guide on Catalina Island. I can't imagine a better way for a high-schooler to spend a summer than leading all kinds of trips across a rugged island off the coast of California. This is really where my taste for adventure began. Throughout my undergraduate program in southern California the trips kept getting better and better until I was routinely going on 1000+ mile road trips. 

When I'm not on the road, ocean or trail, I enjoy working in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatry, addiction medicine and family practice across Chicago's South Side. Invariably, getting outside is as much a part of my own treatment in staying healthy, physically and mentally.

Happy Trails!



  1. Love reading about you and all your adventures, Joe. Glad you had such a great time with your family and Danielle Dec.-Jan.
    I have not seen you since the Eagle Scout ceremony. Time does get away from us.
    much love and best of all to you, Grammie
    If time my email is m.l.lyon@sbcglobal.net

  2. Hi Joe!!

    Mother Nature Network, the country’s leading environmental site, is giving away a National Geographic eco-explorer raft to one lucky fan.

    I am wondering if this is something that you would like to share with your readers.

    Here is a link to the giveaway page: https://www.facebook.com/mothernaturenetwork?sk=app_121121694568521

    If interested, please feel free to email me with any questions you may have. Have a great day!

    Best regards,
    Erika Ludwig
    Mother Nature Network
    Public Relations Associate

  3. I would like to interview you for Nature Center Magazine. If you are interested please contact me at emma@nc-mag.com Thank you

    Emma Springfield

  4. Hi Joseph,
    We are interested in using one of the images posted on your blog "The Pursuit of Life" for a trade publication ad with limited distribution. Please reach out to us and contact Bob Haro at bob@harodesign.com or myself at designer@harodesign.com as soon as possible and we can discuss further.

    Thank you

  5. Just completed my residency training in psychiatry and looking for some info on EV for a (short) trip before entering the "real world" - ran across your site. Thanks for the great info on this section of the JMT I've been wanting to do for years!

    Adam Quest

    1. Cheers, brother! Glad to hear there are more outdoorsy psychiatrists out there! Hope your trip is great, EV and Rae Lakes are the best. Happy trails!

  6. Hi Joe! I recently finished my family medicine residency, and I'm now working in New Brunswick. I found your site while researching hiking trails...I just wanted to commend you on this website and all your adventures. Keep encouraging your patients to go outside! It is the best medicine...

    Katie Goodine
    Woodstock, NB

    1. Thank you for your kind words- I can't tell you how many times I wished I could write prescriptions for hiking and nature! Hope you get some great hiking in up there in NB during the fall- I've always wanted to make it up there during that special time of year. Happy trails!