Derek Rodenbeck is an Army vet who swapped military life to become a comic book illustrator, painter, and entrepreneur. He is going back to school at U-Penn Fall of 2017 but the adventures will continue! He can teach you many practical survival skills, as well as some retro breakdancing moves. Both might get you hurt, so please don’t try them at home. He is passionate about helping those who are marginalized and creates businesses in the name of the public good. Lover of science, photography, nature, and all things nerdy.
Who’s in the Riding with the Wolves pack?
Mara Robyn is a military brat who never got rid of the travel bug. She just finished law school at U-Penn and is a lawyer dedicated to the public interest, particularly issues of criminal justice and racial/economic equality. She is a yoga teacher and former gymnast and ballerina, but her proudest skill is making balloon animals.
Kuma is an active senior casanova canine. He picked out his human, Derek, over ten years ago because he knew Derek would need his love and support. Plus, he is an awesome wingman and introduced Mara to him. He also really wanted to travel the world. He runs from the ocean, and has a cat like attitude about the water. But Kuma enjoys sleeping with a bit of a snore, pets from the ladies, and will do almost anything for food, if you see him say hi with a scratch behind the ear.
Balto better known by his alias The Balt, is a tight and dense ball of energy wrapped up in a point of singularity. He is the definition of the big bang with an explosion of love and intensity for life. Much like a ball of energy his favorite thing to do is to chase any ball shaped object. If he only knew he lived on a planet that was shaped as a ball, it would blow his mind. His curiosity and puppy like attitude reminds Mara and Derek to be relaxed about life and always wonder.
We decided to take a break and chase some dreams. The plan was to road trip for a month leaving our native home of Philadelphia, December 15th, 2016. Almost 4 months later and here we are in New Mexico with no plans to go back until May of 2017. We’ve hung out with cowboys in a snowstorm, picked up truckers who’s rigs have blown up in Death Valley, and stopped at every natural point of interest we could push our rusty 98 Subaru to. All the while meeting with amazingly interesting people. Oh, the wolves thing. We roll with two huge dogs, people confuse one to be a bear.