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Hiking on Mt. Bierstadt
Brother posing in kitchen

        Hi, my name is Anthony Garcia (left), and that is my brother, Michael (right).  We've decided we both want to make this dream of sailing the world a reality, and so he has graciously agreed to be my first mate on our future adventure. 

       A little about me, I was born in Miami, Florida to my loving parents, Monica and Antonio Garcia.  I don't remember that part of my childhood much, but my parents, siblings, and I moved to Atlanta, Georgia when I was about 7 where I finished high school.  I had aspirations to join the military, so I moved to Charleston, South Carolina at age 17 to attend The Citadel, South Carolina's only military college.  Though I finished all four years, one year in and several surf sessions later I knew that the military lifestyle was not for me.  


       My last few months at The Citadel were filled with uncertainty of the future, and on a whim after graduation I joined one of my fellow classmates on a month-long backpacking trip through Southeast Asia. I had traveled overseas before, but the freedom and adventure that came with traveling on a shoestring with no agenda was a life-changing experience.  I returned a different man, hungry for adventure and thirsty for new experiences.

       I traveled a bit more to Mexico, Nicaragua, and Colombia but ultimately the societal pressure of settling down and establishing a career pulled me into law school.  I attended the Charleston School of Law at age 22, but remained restless and a wanderlust at heart.  Then, in my second year, I made a trip to Colorado for a friend's wedding, and I fell in love.  I knew immediately that Colorado was where I wanted to be: summiting mountains in the summer, snowboarding down them in the winter, countless opportunities for weekend fun when I wasn't working.  I rearranged all my plans to make Colorado happen, and in December 2015, the day after I graduated law school I packed up my things and U-Hauled it 31 hours to Denver, Colorado with two of my best friends:

My other best friend, Andrew Bissada, couldn't make the trip and also didn't fit in the U-Haul.

Adam Dintelman (left); Bruce Bailey (middle); Me (right)

       We arrived in Denver in the middle of a blizzard, something "Southerners" don't know much about.  Thinking back on the difficulty of that day, it was a perfect foreshadowing for 2016.  When my friends of 8 years left, I was totally alone, no friends, no family, no connections.  Ultimately I found a job as a copy center clerk while I studied in the evenings for the Bar Exam.  The Exam came and went, and two months later I received word I passed.  


       After three years of professional school and many more years of planning I was finally an attorney.  I found a job at a boutique firm, and now I work from sun up to sun down.  When I'm not working I attend Taxation classes in the evening, and I have very little time for myself and for personal growth.  I've never been fond of the idea of living an "average" life, but it seemed that is where I was headed.  Then, the idea of sailing the world sunk its teeth into me.  This is how that idea became a reality.

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