in Seattle to two World War II Navy Veterans,
I am a true Baby Boomer. My roots are
still here in Seattle having lived in the area
for all but 6 years of my live.
recreation has played a large part in my life
beginning with my childhood. Early Boy Scout
adventures (Eagle at 14) led to a life spent
climbing and hiking the mountains of the Cascades
and Rockies and running their magnificent rivers.
The love and lure of white water led me to form
Cascade River Runners in the late 70’s
when the rafting industry was in its infancy
here in Washington State. Most of the time in
the summer I still have calluses on my hands
from handling a pair of oars.
as a child thumbing through National Geographic
Magazines created a fascination with foreign
cultures. After spending 5 weeks backpacking
through the remote and undeveloped parts of
Mexico, I was hooked. This experience led to
a 3 year stint working for the US Department
of State in Cairo Egypt. This was followed by
another 3 years living and working in the Caribbean
managing Peter Hughes’ Dive Bonaire.
wife Karen and I now own a nice little house
in Yelapa, Mexico just outside of Puerto Vallarta.
We get down there 4 or 5 times a year and rent
it out during the season. (www.YelapaGetAway.com).
biking is an obsession which began while racing
for a fledgling team at the University of Washington.
I normally do over 1,000 miles a year and participate
in many charity rides. The ride most dear to
me is the Courage
Classic which is a fund raising event for
the Mary Bridge Foundation supporting battered
and abused children.
wife Karen and I have been married for over
30 years and have two great kids. We are a musically
family with Karen being a classically trained
pianist, our daughter Liz a singer songwriter
- having recorded her first record at 15, our
son Nick a nationally recognized jazz trumpeter
and music major at Central Washington University.
Myself, I'm a wannabe country singer.
home is in Seattle’s Greenlake Neighborhood.
Our retreat is a nice little place on 10 acres
in the Chumstick Valley just north of Leavenworth