As a kid, every trip our family took to the river was part pilgrimage, part boot-camp, part circus. Today, it's not much different: I keep looking for salvation, personal growth and the next big-top tent. I'm now a photographer, designer and architect, but it’s always the river that keeps me moving downstream. I've been boating for 30 years, 12 as a commercial guide in the Grand Canyon, and 15 as a Class V kayaker. I live in Portland, OR with my girlfriend, fellow NRS ambassador Susan Hollingsworth. Every year, I try to include an exploratory kayak expedition to western China, all while trying to balance a career in product development, design management, and international business.