A bit about me
Engineer by trade, explorer by passion
Welcome to my site! My name is Andrew Mortellaro, and I was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. I come from a line of Italians (Sicilians, if we must be technical) that built a life in Ybor City, Florida. Three or four generations later, I came around! I was raised by two incredible parents in (then) rural Lutz, a small town just north of Tampa, Florida. I have a younger brother, who shares a passion for the outdoors. You can find him over at: https://pushingwatts.wordpress.com/
I was lucky enough to receive excellent public education, and pursued a degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Florida (Go Gators!). I went on to receive my Masters degree, and started my career working in the defense industry in Dallas, Texas. During my two years there, my passion for the outdoors started to bud – by way of camping trips down to Big Bend National Park, and the financial freedom to travel to places like California, Arizona, and Colorado.
The Mortellaro family and our matriarch, Mary. She lived to 99 years.
The purpose of this page
My digital tabula rasa
The opportunities that this lifestyle has afforded me are numerous – I have been able to slow down in regions that I would have otherwise “rushed” to visit during a vacation. I have learned to live sustainably with only the items I can fit in my car. I have met interesting people along the way; some who are also nomads, and others who call the places I visit “home”.
I decided to publish this website because – prior to doing so – Instagram was my primary means of sharing my experiences. I am finding that Instagram, while very powerful, is limited in its portrayal of natural experience. I want this page to fill in those gaps, serving as a more holistic presentation of my adventures – via photos, video content, writings, and eventually a store.
Paths Untraveled is the pursuit of the lesser-appreciated aspects of nature. It’s about taking that unfamiliar dirt road, or finding a hidden gem. It’s about slowing down and immersing yourself in the effortlessness of nature. And most of all – it is the ever more difficult goal of finding solitude in some of our world’s greatest wonders, and sharing it with folks closest to you. Thank you for visiting, and I hope this page can be an inspiration!
In the vast expanse of the Weminuche Wilderness, in Southwest Colorado. Quite possibly my most difficult (and rewarding) backpacking trip to this day.