Hey there. I’m Clint Wesly Williams. No, it’s not a typo. My middle name is not spelled wrong, though Google thinks it is as she constantly asks if I meant “Wesley”. My mom just wanted my middle name to be different. It is, so I decided to embrace it.
I grew up in East Texas running about in the woods. I was fortunate in that regard. It allowed me the freedom to explore and just be a kid.
As a kid, books like The Boxcar Children and My Side of the Mountain fueled my desire to live my life on my own terms, self sufficient, self reliant, and independent.
I chased the American dream for half my life. Arguably, I caught it. I discovered it wasn’t quite the dream that I was sold. I decided to do something about it.
The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. -Henry David Thoreau
It took some convincing, but Jodi, my wife, finally conceded that we needed to downsize our suburban monstrosity of a dwelling, reduce and simplify our monthly expenditures, clear our lives of clutter, and in the words of Thoreau, “live deliberately”.
To make a really long story, really short, we decided to sell everything, buy a sailboat, live aboard said boat, and sail the world. The Internet helped fuel my desires with stories of people doing exactly this. Bumfuzzle, the quintessential novice yuppie circumnavigator/adventurer/explorer blog gave me hope that what I was trying to achieve was certainly possible. So, 3 years of reading, planning, (arguing), reading some more, and we pulled the trigger on a sailboat.
That’s when I started this blog, but under a different name, that of our boat: Emet.
The End of “The Idea” and the Beginning of “The Adventure”
After about 4 years of living on the sailboat, Jodi decided that she had enough. With the sailboat gone, I decided to get back to the woods through hiking. That’s when I discovered the long trails: the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail. I embarked on a thru-hike of the AT and changed the name of the blog.
With my attempted thru-hike done, and the sailboat not taking up all my time, I decided to re-focus on my photography.
Seeing the world through a camera lens is an adventure in itself and brings whole new perspectives to everything. I enjoy the fact that it is technical and creative at the same time. Though it’s fulfilling to capture images as I envisioned them, what’s most rewarding are those images that change how I envision them.