Travis Smola was born and raised in southwest Michigan. He has written stories covering just about everything for newspapers and magazines in Michigan, California, Nevada, Wyoming and Texas. After a brief stint in Wyoming, he moved back to Michigan to stay. He has been fishing for 25 years and hunting for 15. In 2005 he got into geocaching and is an extremely active member of the Michigan geocaching community. He is currently writing a book about his experiences in the GPS-oriented hobby.