A brief run down on me...
I have been fortunate. Even before I finished high school-which I attended in my hometown of Saratoga, CA-the West was my playground. In my youth, my buddies and I would get rides to the beach with an older sibling, or we'd hitchhike up Highway 9 to hike in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Later we drove to the Sierra, Yosemite, and beyond. Before I could (legally) have a beer in Mel's Tavern in Angels Camp, I was being paid to take people down the Stanislaus River in California's sierra foothills. I took advantage of nearly every chance to see a new river, explore a new region, or take a new hike. The urge to see different places and to return to the places and faces thathave grown in me along the way has been the motivating force in my life.
Arizona, Utah, Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, California, to name a few, have offered themselves as venues and homes throughout the journey. Most importantly, the river road I have traveled since 1978 has given me the opportunity to meet and spend quality time with so many fine people. If one's wealth is measured by their friends... I am a very rich man.
My vision defined... These days I am in Flagstaff, Arizona, and the urge to travel and run rivers is as strong as ever. I spend most of the year traveling and taking people on river adventures. If you know me, you know I live with my heart on my sleeve, each day to the max, and stoked about life all the time. I have lived a life so rich with friends and adventure that it's hard to believe even for me, and I was there. I'm happier than ever, and as the years go by, I become increasingly aware of what is important to me and what my vision is towards the future.
To me it's all about family and friends sharing and learning from each other. It's about quality of life, and that equates to real time-not just hours, but days and weeks actually spent together with those friends and family. To be able to facilitate that with others and ideally share in the experience, that is why I'm here. There is nothing more rewarding than watching people I care about enjoying their surroundings and who they are with. The river... where everyday is a "love fest."
So what's my plan? To continue bringing friends and families into the wilderness. For years I have worked with some of the best crews in the adventure industry. And we continue to run better and better trips every year. That is what it is all about.
My vision in nutshell is to run longer trips and to provide the highest level of customized service with the best crews in the industry hands down. If we want to spend more time at the waterfall, we do. We let it soak in, no harm in leaving a little bit later if it's just too good right now in this moment. Let's take that morning walk to the ruins, no hurry, no tight schedule.
What do you like to eat and drink? What are your interests? We want to know your family, and someday take your kids, and your grandkids on safe adventures into the wilderness, which is vanishing all too quickly.
The other part of my vision is regarding that vanishing wilderness. We who travel into the wild lands are the stewards of that sacred ground. It is our land and we are responsible to protect it. This is no easy task, and everyone has their place on the endless watch. We want to run trips that make a difference. Everyone who travels with us will be contributing because our goal is to have each trip benefit the local and regional environment. We spend and give in a regionalized manner to help the local economy thrive as well support the natural environment. This is not just a vision, it is a defined and sustainable way to live and grow.
With us, river trips are emphasized, yet we can and will run all types of outdoor trips. The ideal situation is to consult with you and put together a trip just for you and your group. Whatever you can think of, we'll help you do it. If it is not in our area of expertise, we'll say so and point you in the right direction.
We'd love to hear from you, so drop us a line or an email with any news you feel like sharing. After all, staying in touch is what it's all about, with family, friends, and of course with nature.