About Me

I was born in Decorah, Iowa, USA on June 28, 1984.  As soon as I took my first breath of air, the doctor, being a fisherman, grabbed me by the ankles, held me up and said, “Yep, he’s a keeper!”  Well, I am so glad that I weighed enough not to get “thrown back” because what a life I would have missed out on!

Since that day I have grown in size and not only learned how to walk, but to run for long distances.  But despite all the changes, I still enjoy being held in my mother’s arms (yeah I am a mama’s boy…and proud of it!)

 I grew up as boy in the small town of Spillville.  There I would spend my days biking around the only three blocks that existed.  As boys we would go fishing in the local creek and look for fossils along the river bank.  Perhaps it was this time spent in nature that has made me so passionate about running and science.

 One of my favorite things to do is go for a run during my favorite time of the year, fall.  It is during this time when the leaves begin to change color and drift silently to the forest floor below.  I could run for hours beneath the trees and over the hills that surround my home, just listening to the sound of the leaves crunch beneath my shoes and taste the crisp air in my lungs.

 It was also my love for the outdoors that made me choose to study biology in college.  After a short trip in college to Tanzania, Africa in 2005 I returned knowing that I wanted  to be an educator…just like my mom.  Since that day I have studied and worked within the field of science eduction as a student and teacher.

 Presently, I am working in the United States Peace Corps as a volunteer in South Africa.  I have come on assignment to assist the nation in the development of its education system as a teacher in a primary school.  But education does not stop at the classroom door; I enjoy any opportunity to educate and speak with anyone here that cares to listen. 

 In the 9 months that I have been in South Africa I have done far more learning than I have done teaching.  It seems that every day I find a little piece of knowledge lurking somewhere just around the corner…The greatest thing I have learned is that life is gift worth living.  Ironically, it isn’t until we accept death that we start to live. 

 Twenty-four years later I am glad the doctor decided to “keep” me around.  I have been given a great life and the opportunities to make the most of it.  For all those who read this, I hope you do the same. 


7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jenny Graupmann  |  May 18, 2008 at 12:36 am

    Hey Adam!

    I thought about you today as I was training for my first half marathon, and lest I look like a stalker, I will admit that I googled you and came upon this blog. It sounds like you are having an absolutely amazing and unforgettable experience in South Africa. I can’t believe you ran almost 35 miles while I struggled to pull off 6 today! I’m convinced you are crazy! I will be overjoyed if I finish 13.1 miles in half as much time as you finished the ultramarathon… Anyway, I hope this little note finds you thriving in your faraway home. Take care and all the best!


  • 2. Joan Schaefer  |  June 16, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Adam, Looking forward to seeing you this weekend. My eyes get all watery every time I read about your adventures. Keep up the good work and know you are loved by sooooo many. A true inspiration!

    Love, Aunt Joan

  • 3. jaren  |  June 23, 2008 at 5:38 am

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  • 4. Aimee Johnson  |  September 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Hey Adam,

    I just read to Aidan all about your last entry. Don’t take offence he fell a sleep in my arms. He can’t wait to meet you and we will send pictures soon. I’ll write more soon when I get my other hand back! Keep up the GREAT work!! Love, Aimee

  • 5. Randy Borseth  |  November 26, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Hello Adam,

    I am thinking of you with Thanksgiving coming up in just a few short hours. I pray you are blessed with many dear people close to you as we rejoice in fellowship of friends and family.

    I don’t believe Marlene and I will be together with the Bohach family this year. I regret this, because I believe family and friends are the greatest riches any person could ever realize.

    Take care! I sincerely look forward to hearing from you when you have some free time.

    Randy Borseth

    P.S. Marlene isn’t present at the time I write this, but I know she’d want me to send her love!

  • 6. Janelle Pavlovec  |  January 23, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Adam, I started out in Spillville, but at the age of 2, we moved to
    the big town of Calmar. I have always known the Havels.
    I spent some time in Africa (not South Africa) in ’87-’88. I
    had always intended to go back, Lesotho was my plan. That
    did not happen, but I am really interested in people’s experiences

  • 7. Aaron Bohr  |  March 2, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Hey Bo, hope everything is going well in Africa, it’s been a while looking forward to when you get back. Just thought you’d like to know, I’m teaching about Africa in my Geography class and I’m going to be reading from your blog today! Hope you’re having fun, and keep up the good work!


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