Exploring the outdoors on foot and in small boats has been a big part of my life since my first camping trip when I was ten years old. I prefer "self-propelled" modes of travel such as backpacking, canoeing, and kayaking and have used these methods to explore many of the most remote and beautiful areas in North America from Key West, Florida to Denali National Park in Alaska.
The Pacific Northwest and the coasts of British Columbia and Southeast Alaska has become my favorite area to explore. I have traveled solo by sea kayak for thousands of miles through the waterways that together make up the 1,300 mile (2,080 kilometer) Inside Passage.
After completing my first Inside Passage kayaking trip in 2008 I published my first book on the subject, "Point to Point: Exploring the Inside Passage by Kayak".
After completing the route for a second time in 2012, I published my second book, "Alone in the Passage: An Explorers Guide to Sea Kayaking the Inside Passage".
Here are some of the places that I have visited.
By Sea Kayak
The Inside Passage from Washington to Alaska - 2007/2008 and 2012
Prince William Sound Alaska - 1987
Belize - 1991
Johnstone Strait, BC 3 trips
Clayoquot Sound, BC
San Juan Islands, WA
Baja Mexico - Sea of Cortez and Scammons Lagoon
Gulf of Mexico - Horn Island - roughly 15 trips over 10 years
Lake Pontchartrain, LA - Two 24 mile open water crossings
St. Vincent Island, FL - two circumnavigations
Dauphin Island, AL to Gulfport, MS - along the Gulf Islands
Green River, UT - 120 miles
Granite River, MN - Boundary Waters Canoe Area
Rio Grande River, TX - 2 trips
Chattooga River, GA - Section 3 by canoe and section 4 by raft
Nantahala River, NC - many runs in canoe, kayak, and raft
Ocoee River, TN - many runs in canoe and raft
Buffalo River, AR - 2 trips
Locust Fork River, AL - many runs in canoe, kayak, and raft
Snake River, WY - 4 runs in canoe and raft
Yellowstone Lake, WY - 2 trips
Numerous open canoe runs of small rivers in LA, MS, FL, and AL
American River, CA
Salmon River, ID
Backpacking and Mountaineering
National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) course in Wind River Mountains, WY - 30 days 1980
Freemont Peak, WY - summit 1989
Windom Peak, CO - summit 1990
Mount Rainer, WA - summit 1991
The Na Pa Li Coast trail on Kauai, Hawaii 1984
Hundreds of mile backpacking in GA, TN, UT, AZ, WY, CO, WA, and AK