started paddling rivers and lakes in canoes with the
Scouts back home in Michigan. During
college, he took American Canoe Association courses in
solo and tandem canoeing while pursuing a degree in
Outdoor Recreation. In addition to his degree, he is a
certified Wilderness First Responder.
He also had the chance
to lead youth groups on canoe trips in Michigan's Upper
Peninsula and Maine. As soon as he got in a kayak he
knew he was beginning a love affair that would last
forever. "Kayaking touches the explorer inside."
Favorite Kayaking Destination:
"Anytime I'm on the water it's my favorite spot. Out of
all of them, though, Cape Flattery has to be my
favorite. With the rock gardens, caves and abundant
marine life, it's a magical place… the only place I've
gotten to see a whale, so far."
Dream Kayak Trip: I would love to
paddle the Panama Canal. I'd take a few weeks and enjoy
the east and west ends of the canal and soak up as much
of the Panamanian culture as I can.
Favorite Kayak Destination:
the sunsets at the Nisqually Delta, but my all-time
favorite trip has to be the paddle I did last year from
Neah Bay to La Push. Amazing caves, exquisite weather,
perfect camp sites and great company (Ken and Marc).
"I love pizza with anything on top (though I'd have a
tough time saying 'No' to a cheeseburger and onion
"It's a toss up between UHF and Bottle
"The Tao of Pooh. Currently I'm reading The
Last Rays of the Ancient Sun."