Born and raised in Berkeley, John is a West Coast native who grew up ten blocks from Backroads’ main headquarters. He was fortunate enough to travel in Europe and extensively in France as a youngster thanks to a Francophile mother and his time at a French-American elementary school. After completing a BA in Environmental Studies at Pomona College in Los Angeles, John made a whirlwind trip to visit friends in Asia where he fell in love with travel. Before returning to the Bay Area, he enjoyed a stint in the Pacific Northwest where he grew a love for nature photography and ultramarathon running. When he’s not working at his job on the Custom & Private Trip Team at Backroads, John can usually be found photographing the beautiful wildlife and landscapes of Northern California or experiencing the wonders of life in San Francisco.