Craig Bach

Craig BachHe’s obviously not your typical Dad, but he wasn’t always the way he is today. He, like hundreds of thousands of fathers around the country, had worked the first seven years of his career, often times for more than twelve hours a day, seven days a week for months on end to “achieve the American Dream.” His transformation from the “idyllic” father started when he woke up one morning some time in 1993 and realized he had four children whose names he could hardly remember and a wife he scarcely recognized. From that moment on his involvement with his wife of 23 years and children has been his number-one priority.

Once enlightened to the fact that the family was more important than the grind, he made the decision to take two years off to “let Laurén explore her own career opportunities, while I cooked, changed diapers and taught the kids to swim and ride their bikes.” His devotion to his family has never since faltered, and always wanting to keep up with its diverse members, he surfs, skateboards, mountain bikes, attempts creating art and music, enjoys listening to their music, learns from and teaches, watches “pink movies” (the girls choices), and even acquired a first-degree black belt in Taekwondo with them. “I could see the writing on the wall once the family started classes without me, I knew who’d be calling the shots in a few short years if I couldn’t defend myself,” he reminisces.

Often described by friends and family as a visionary, tenacious as anyone you’ll ever meet, a fervorent naturalist, and, as a result, a vociferous advocate for the environment, Craig seems to always be willing challenge the status quo, speaking his mind, and living and seeing life as pure adventure. He’s an avid reader as well, often having several non-fiction books going at a time, and a prolific writer, which, coupled with the internet, has been the perfect platform to fuel the expression of his views. Be careful when sending him an email. If he passionate about the subject, his answer will inevitably be three pages long!

Once back in the “career building mode”, but never far from his family roots, his interests in the environment led him to become one of Austin’s innovative green builders (long before it was “cool to be green”), and in 1997, he moved his family out of the city and into a strawbale home/farm that he designed and built (with the help of his brother, Ted) surrounded by a permaculture (biodiverse, organic) hobby/demonstration farm where they collected rainwater in a giant cistern (their sole source of water) and grew much of the food they ate (to see this project please visit Jardines Pura Vida).
Since some of his earliest memories, one of Craig’s lifelong dreams has been to sail around the world. Fortunately he has just the family that is willing to indulge him.

7 Responses to “Craig Bach”

  1. patsy blake says:

    Hi guys- congrats on all your mad adventures. I’d love to meet up with you in a port of call, help with your Haiti fundraiser and catch a wave. Hope to see you soon
    xo
    pb

  2. Joe Klein says:

    Hello Craig and Lauren,
    We hope you are doing well in your journey. The Klein’s wish you well.

  3. Pam Rass says:

    Hi Craig, love the new website. Very professional. Thought about you last week. Sam and I went to Puerto Vallarta for my 55th birthday. You simply will not believe the development down there. La Cruz has a fabulous new marina! Maybe one day we can actually coordinate a visit to the same location. Best wishes!

  4. Vincent & Margaret O'Sullivan says:

    What a terrific full-on Bach holiday surprise! It was great to run into to you all at Whole Foods, downtown Austin. While we missed Tracy, it great to see you, Lauren and the kids.We have missed you since you moved from the neighborhood in 1997. Although I recall stopping by Pura Vida for kids birthday parties a couple of times. Even though youve been out of sight, the impression you left with me was lasting. I do recall your, dedication to family, and your devotion to green when it was still just a color. But what put you in my good books was your remember a complete dedication to family hard work. My impression when we were neighbors was that you enjoyed sweating. back in 1997just had full-on Bach Family encounter of the best kind – sighting them at Whole Foods in downtime Austin as we were heading out. World Headquarters in Austin, Texas. We had been neighbors with this delightful family in Austin until they moved in 1997 and had not seen them for over ten years now. What The Bach and our Family had been neigbors in AustinI say “almost”

  5. Vincent & Margaret O'Sullivan says:

    What a terrific full-on Bach holiday surprise! It was great to run into to you all at Whole Foods, downtown Austin. While we missed Tracy, it great to see you, Lauren and the kids. We have missed you since you moved from the neighborhood in 1997. although I recall stopping by Pura Vida for kids birthday parties a couple of times. Even though you’ve been out of sight, the impression you left with me was lasting. I do recall your dedication to family and your devotion to green when most people thought it was just a color. But what got you a couple of long chapters in my good books then, was your thorough enjoyment of a hard day of sweat and labour in the Texas Sun. I watched your and brother Ted’s very succesful efforts in fixing up the house and I thought, “this guy is ok.” Having just read Christoper McDougall’s “Born to Run,” I am reminded of our need to respect our physical beings and allow our minds and bodies to engage, as much as possible, in the activities for which they were designed; physical and mental challenge, cooperation and teamwork. I believe your family does this and is working to put the power and wisdom gained to an even greater good. Sail on Bach Family!

  6. Alysia says:

    Wow, just met your wife on a brief break at ACC, and somehow we embarked on an extensive conversation from careers to your adventures at sea. I must say I before meeting her (and then your daughter Sara), I didn’t believe families as outgoing as yours existed. Reading your brief biographies has kind of given me a big wake-up (lol sounds a bit cliche *turning a new leaf*) however, it was a pleasure to meet part of your very esteemed family ;) GL (good luck) with your future sea travels!

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