David's Open Road
How Can We Make This Better (1:07)
Nothing To Lose (0:42)
Don't Stress Things (0:32)
United States 2008
Napa Valley, CA
Public Television: Season 5
caves, choice, construction, credit cards, improvement, mining, napa valley, no business plan, nothing to lose, stress, timing, tunneling, worrying
- Grew up around heavy civil mining and tunneling for railroads and highways.
- Went to Colorado State and majored in construction management.
- Worked at major engineering firm Kiewit for some time; “could’ve stayed with them for life,” but didn’t feel challenged or engaged.
- A co-worker brought him out to Napa Valley to do some tunneling; he’d never heard of Napa Valley, didn’t drink wine.
- Found a contractor struggling to build a cave and helped him out—“it’s been going since then.”
- He and his wife said, “Let’s just do it,” started Bacchus Caves without any sort of business plan; lived off credit cards for eight months.
- Says every cave he builds is simultaneously a fun challenge and a work of art.
- Considers his career a “right-place, right-time” kind of thing, so urges roadtrippers not to stress too much about any one decision.