My name is Billy W. Mitchell. Gecko is the trail name that I am known by in the thru-hiking community. I am an avid hiker, backpacker, and camper. I like to let people know about hiking trails, outfitters, and places to visit. My mother used to always tell me that I had the most incurable case of wanderlust she had ever seen. It's true. As a child growing up in the rural piney forests of southeast Texas, she could never keep me in the house. I was alway off exploring the woods on the family's 127 acres. After graduating high school, I joined the US Army and spent my enlistment at Ft. Drum, NY where I served as a Light Infantry soldier. I am currently 1 credit away from graduating at Texas State University with a B.S. degree in Geography with a minor in Sociology. I work as a seasonal worker for tourist spots all over the United States, such as National Parks, ski resorts and lodges, and tourist ranches. In essence, I get paid to travel to places on my bucket list and enjoy things that most people spend hundreds or thousands of dollars to experience.