Meet Gordon Hempton
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. The universe is only half made.—John Muir
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. That would definitely be John Muir, "Want to go for a long walk?" Hopefully we'd be magically transported to a place in time that was unfamiliar to both of us.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. My barbecue t-bone, rare over Alder wood with rosemary smoke dosed with plenty of beer and fine conversation.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Kindness towards others, lightheartedness towards self, and humility.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Probably Superman because he didn't carry a gun and never made a lot of noise while flying.
December 19, 2008I live on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state in a rural location that affords beautiful views of both snow-capped mountains and wilderness beaches, so when I have time off there is always a choice between the two. If it weren’t for my surfing buddy Nick Parry, I would probably divide my free time equally, but every Saturday, religiously, rain or shine (or this time of year snow), we turn on the surfer tunes and make the drive along highway 112 that traces the coast of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
It keeps me sane, hanging out with a true friend like Nick who has heard it all and accepts me no matter what I might say. Our... see more