My road in life has been direct.
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.