Our Travel Specialists

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Peter Grubb & Betsy Bowen

Founders

Peter founded ROW back in 1979, after discovering river running on the East Coast. He attended St. John's in Annapolis, MD and has traveled throughout the world. His studies in the "Great Books," mythology, and western civilization led him to Turkey, where he led ROW's tours for over a decade. Certified by the National Association of Interpretation as a Certified Interpretation Guide, Peter also completed certification in 2004 to train other guides in the art of cultural and natural history interpretation. He also speaks French and plays the guitar. He lives with his wife Betsy Bowen and has two kids, Mariah and Jonah, who are now out of the house making their own adventures around the world.

Co-founder of ROW, Betsy has safely made the transition from expert kayaker and skier to the challenging world of motherhood. A favorite among guides, she led ROW trips in Idaho and Turkey prior to the birth of her daughter Mariah (born 1991) and Jonah (born 1993). Betsy is a talented potter and when not caring for her children, she loves working in her studio.

Although Peter and Betsy do not work in the day-to-day much these days at the ROW Family of Companies (ROW Adventures, Adventure Unbound, Sea Kayak Adventures) -- they still are a wealth of knowledge, experience, and most importantly, care and support to the rest of the team.

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Michelle Darnell

Assistant Director Sales & Marketing

Michelle has found her home at ROW Adventures as our Interim Director of Sales and Marketing.  Graduating from Whitworth University with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education and Kinesiology, Michelle forewent her dreams of teaching in lieu of opportunities in the outdoor recreation industry.  For the past 14 years Michelle has focused her time and energy into roles that support outdoor recreation and travel.  As a proud mom of two, Michelle has a renewed passion for this work; hoping to inspire the next generation to love, nurture, enjoy and beocme stewards of our precious outdoor spaces. 

Michelle and her Family love new adventures, whether it’s exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest or discovering a new International destination, they’re happy when the scenery is new and unexpected. A few favorites are Acadia National Park, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Quebec City.   Michelle is an avid sports fan, loves to cycle, and doesn’t take herself too seriously! If you run into her, she’s likely to have a smile on her face, a coffee in her hand and a few good books ready to go on her kindle app. 

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Candy Bening

USA & Rivers Sales Manager

Born in 1964, raised in Santa Cruz, California. WW Rafting guide since 1989: CA, ID, MT. Moved to Idaho in 1993; joined ROW in 1994.

After spending 10 yrs in the high tech industry, Candy made a life-altering change and became both a rafting guide and ski patroller. In her over 25 yrs with ROW, she has worked in the field guiding, evaluating, managing, and traveling with ROW thus gaining first-hand knowledge of all the ID, MT & OR rivers and many of the Int’l vacation experiences including the Galapagos Islands. 

Her friendly, outgoing personality, as well as her expertise, has made her succeed in the office overseeing sales, assisting guests by offering suggestions and solutions to ensure each person/family has the best time ever! Candy, along with her husband and two girls, are avid white water rafting enthusiasts. Together they have joined ROW on rivers all over the west.

Destination Specialties: USA Rivers, Futaleufu River

Favorite Trip: "There is no better place than the river canyon you are in"

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Morag Prosser

International Sales Manager

Mogs is highly qualified as one of ROW's Adventure Consultants and International trip specialist because, if you have dreamed it, there is a good chance that Mogs has done it! From the first commercial descent of the White Nile in Uganda to sky diving in New Zealand, to trekking the Golden Triangle in Thailand, to trucking across Iceland, and even wine tasting across Europe. One of her favorite childhood memories is fishing with her dad on Loch Glass in the Scottish Highlands and always catching the bigger fish.

Mogs has a Law degree from Aberdeen but when she moved to Idaho she sought a more adventurous career. She resides in Coeur d'Alene Idaho with her husband and three dogs and doesn't let any moss grow under her feet. Mogs first went to the Galapagos on ROW's land-based sea kayaking trip in 2006 and has since been there regularly since, along with many other places in the world that ROW shares with our guests.

Destination Specialties: You Name It! Galapagos, Peru, Africa, Arctic, Antarctic, Croatia, Patagonia....

Favorite Trip: Taste of Croatia

Rogue River Rafting

Tom Scarborough

Area Manager

Guide since 2003: WA, OR, ID. Joined ROW in 2007. Tom has a unique skill set. He is able to recite Dr. Seuss’ poem “The Lorax” from memory, brew a mean pint of beer, drive a bus, milk a cow, cook a tasty Dutch oven lasagna, and write a Microsoft Access database. On top of all that, Tom is a great guide and a wealth of information about the Pacific Northwest and the Rocky Mountains. He currently manages ROW’s Rogue River operation where he sings guests to sleep with the smooth sounds of the 70s and his signature number “Waltzing with Bears”. Originally from New York, Tom has a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from Cornell University and an extensive work history ranging from a YMCA summer camp director, to transportation director for a Washington ski area, and finally a river guide. Tom also has a passion for all things bacon, tinkering and pop music.

Guiding Destinations: Rogue River, Owyhee River, Grande Ronde River

Salmon River, Idaho
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Connelly Brown

Area Manager

Guide since 1988: WV, CO, CA, MT, ID. Joined ROW in 2002. A native of the Nutmeg State, Connelly Brown (“CB” to most) now resides year round in the mountains of Northeastern Oregon with his wife and two kids. CB has been a guide since, wait for it, the late 1980s. For years he worked as a “migrant wave farmer,” living out of his truck as he followed the snowmelt and work from one river to the next throughout the year.  

In 2002 he joined the ROW team and has served as both a guide and manager. While guiding a ROW trip, he met the woman who would become the love of his life. They now make their home in northeastern Oregon, where CB runs a backcountry ski business. One of the quirkiest and most pleasant of people, CB is all about keeping it mellow and making memories on the river. Whether fishing for sturgeon, charging the big hits, telling stories or leading a hike, CB has a way to make your experience unique. He is also a Certified Interpretive Guide.

Guiding Destinations: Salmon River, Family Magic (Salmon River Canyons)

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Peter Metcalf

River Guide

Guide since 2002: AK, MT, ID, OR, Costa Rica, Guatemala. Joined ROW in 2008.  ROW’s former Operations Manager and a current PhD student at the University of Montana, Peter loves to tell stories.  In fact, he’s far more likely to share a tale about an early homesteader, discuss western water policy or talk about wolves than remember a joke, even if he’s heard it twenty times.  Born on the prairies of Kansas, Peter grew up splashing through the creeks and sleeping under the stars of western Oregon where his mom ran a Lutheran summer camp.  He ran track and cross country for Whitworth College and later earned an M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana.  In addition to river guiding, he has also taught environmental education courses in Montana and Central America, worked as a journalist and referees high school basketball.  When not on the river, he is likely to be found knee deep in a Montana trout stream, watching birds, hunting for elk, telemark skiing, sharing conversation over a local IPA or reading a good book.  He looks forward to the day when seeing Salmon on a ROW trip is no longer a rare experience.

Guiding Destinations: Middle Fork, Guest Guide 

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Landon Moores

River Guide

Guide since 2010: ID, MT, Baja, Cuba, Galapagos. Joined ROW in 2010. Landon grew up in Tennessee (Go Vols!) before moving West. After a stint in Alaska, her love of the river led her to Idaho. Despite what they tell you, Landon proves that river guides make use of their college degrees. Her Spanish degree helps her navigate Cuba, where she leads a variety of adventure travel trips in the winter. Her M.Ed. in Curriculum Design comes in useful when she designs and gives several guide development workshops and trainings a few times a year. One of ROW’s top interpretive guides, mergansers, coniferous trees and river-based murder mysteries fascinate her. She is also one of those rare river guides who does not own a truck, or any vehicle for that matter. Instead, this self-described “professional passenger” bikes, walks, takes the bus, flies or finagles rides when need be. In the off-season she works with ROW in Cuba. 

Guiding Destinations: Middle Fork, Cuba, Baja

Adventure Travel Guide

Alejandra Mosquera

Galapagos Adventure Guide

Alejandra was born and raised in Quito. She believes that there is nothing better than opening her eyes and seeing the beauty of the marvelous Andes, their colors, wildlife, and scenery. Even though she never thought about becoming a guide, she realized this activity would be her future during her first trip in the university. She has been sharing her passion and love for Ecuador since 2006, and obtained her Wilderness Advanced First Aid certificate four years ago. In her free time, she likes to explore Ecuador with her four-year-old daughter, Manuela, who shares the same passion for Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands as her mother. She also enjoys outdoor sports including kayaking and stand-up paddling.

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Annabelle Sparks

River Guide

Annabelle’s earliest river memory was kayaking the French Broad with her father and watching as a black bear swam across the river right in front of them. She started kayaking when she was just 5 years of age and backpacked along the Cornwall coastline with her aunt at the age of 11. While Annabelle grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, she moved to Colorado to study Environmental Science on a scholarship from Colorado College’s Women’s Educational Society and teaches her fellow students to roll kayaks in her spare time. In describing the landscapes of Idaho, Montana, and Oregon, Annabelle says they are “absolutely breathtaking” and loves how much there is to explore. When she’s not on the river, you’ll find her snowboarding, hiking, climbing, or making delicious kale bowls. 

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Jonah Grubb

Operations Manager

Guide since 2011 MT, ID, WA, OR, China, joined ROW 2010. Jonah's first rafting trip was on the Salmon River at 9 months of age and it's fair to say he has grown up rafting. Since becoming a guide, he has become an avid kayaker and all around outdoorsman spending his free time climbing, backcountry skiing, mountain biking and hiking. He also loves projects and can be found helping friends upgrade their houses or building out their camper vans. After graduating from Pomona College with a Bachelor's Degree in Physics, Jonah found himself travelling the world, including spending a year in China raft guiding on the Salween and Daqu (upper Mekong) river and kayaking on days off, including a solo kayak first descent on the Kanas river in the far northern region of Xinjiang. Now back in Idaho, Jonah has taken on the role of ROW's Operations Manager with a hand in the logistics of all our trips across four states. 

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Mahalie Hill

River Guide

Mahalie describes herself as an “Idaho girl through and through” and believes her home state is a “hidden gem”. With her sister competing as a slalom kayaker, she grew up around the river and spent her school holidays backpacking and exploring waterways in Idaho, Oregon, and Chile. One of her most vivid childhood memories is being afraid to jump off a waterfall before being reminded “You’re never going to have this opportunity again”. She’s held those words close ever since and they inspired her to take her first guiding gig on the Main Payette in 2017. Guiding is something that she plans on continuing next summer, despite heading to Durango to start a new career as a drinking water engineer. When she’s not on the river, Mahalie is mountain biking, skiing, playing ultimate frisbee, and completing her 200-hour yoga teacher training certification. 

Jonas Seiler

River Guide

Guide since 2014: ID, CO. Born and raised in Steamboat Springs, CO, Jonas can't remember life before rafting. While most children took their naps at home, Jonas recalls taking his naps in a raft...mid-rapids! His sense of oneness with the outdoors led him to pursue his Bachelor of Science at Colorado State University, where he studied Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism. His favorite thing about guiding in Idaho is the warm weather, great whitewater, incredible scenery, intriguing wildlife, and sense of solitude. When not on the river, you can find Jonas skiing, backpacking, climbing, fly fishing, or traveling. Fun fact: Some of his hidden talents include speaking Danish and juggling!

Guiding Destinations: Snake River, Salmon River, Middle Fork, Family Magic (Salmon River Canyons)

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Jakob Baker

Area Manager

With both of his parents working as guides, it makes sense that Lake Tahoe-born Jake has gone down the same path. In fact, his first river trip was on the Rogue when he was just 18 months old! As a child, he regularly joined his dad on river trips and looked up to the guides as “some kind of superheroes”. He remembered his first flip on the Truckee River as “so much fun”, although his dad wasn’t quite as impressed. While Jake has worked as a guide in California, Colombia, and Guatemala, he believes that Idaho boasts some of the best river trips in the world and he loves being immersed in the state’s natural and cultural history. If you needed proof that Jake is an adventurer at heart, he’s also jumped off Half Dome and El Cap in the Yosemite Valley, several times! Jake holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Nevada and plays drums in a rock band, as well as being good at fixing things (thanks YouTube!).

Guiding Destinations: Middle Fork of the Salmon, Idaho Rivers

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Garrett Sopko

River Guide

Garrett has been guiding with ROW Adventures since 2019 and loves the feeling of being in the “Wild West” that Montana offers. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, he holds a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Sociology with a minor in Outdoor Studies from St. Lawrence University and first got involved in river life while at college. One of his most treasured childhood memories is throwing snowballs at New York City taxis before quickly running away! When it comes to his most amazing life experiences, Garrett describes seeing the sunrise atop the tallest mountain in New York, Marcy Mountain, followed by sunset from the top of the One World Trade Center as up there with his best days on Earth. Aside from being a skier and a tennis player, Garrett describes his special skill as being able to fit everything he owns into his Subaru Outback. 

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Brian Kohl

River Guide

Guide Since 1999: CA, CO, AZ, ID, MT. Joined ROW in 2014. A boater since high school, Brian has an impressive guiding skill-set and has benefitted from a two-decade whitewater career. While Brian’s impressive river resume makes him a valuable asset to the ROW team, folks most often remark about his steadfast enthusiasm and eclectic passions. An accomplished ceramic artist, Brian holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics from California State University, Fullerton and teaches ceramics at the college and elementary school levels. For personal enjoyment, Brian competes in kickball for the World Adult Kickball Association and plays the American flute (a real highlight on river trips).   

Guiding Destinations: Middle Fork, Lochsa River

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Johnny Nelson

River Guide

From the Silver Valley city of Kellogg, Johnny Nelson has been kayaking since he was a teenager and spent his summer vacations on family camping trips exploring the great outdoors. He says that one of his most treasured childhood memories is sitting on the docks in Harrison and watching the sky ignite with fireworks above. Johnny is currently completing his Associate of Arts in Outdoor Recreation while guiding clients through the wilds of Idaho and Washington. He says it was adventuring on Hawaii’s Molokini Island that sealed his fate to work in the outdoors and pursue a guiding career. When he’s not on the river, Johnny is out hiking with his wife and dogs, playing djembe drums, and cooking up a storm alfresco.

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Hillary Scott

River Guide

Originally from Boston, Hillary says that her parents instilled a sense of wanderlust in her at a young age by taking her to new places each summer. She’s always been on the water, initially sailing and sea kayaking before finding her “special place” while rafting. While guiding in Tennessee, Colorado, and Idaho, she has had the opportunity to explore faraway places that she never thought possible. Hillary holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Secondary Education from Bridgewater State University and loves cooking and getting crafty with DIY projects in her spare time. When she’s not on the river, you’ll probably find her skiing on mountain slopes, relaxing in a hammock, or finding a sense of completeness while laughing with friends.

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Madeline Thomlinson

River Guide

Guide Since 2015: ID, MT, WA. Joined ROW in 2015. A third-generation river guide, Madeline was more or less born to guide Idaho’s wild rivers. She’s a talented river chef, a practiced rower, and itinerant world traveler (having grown up in Europe and worked in Nepal). While Madeline’s coworkers appreciate her indefatigable and positive outlook, guests are likely to be impressed by her language abilities in French, German, and Nepali, as well as her knowledge of Salmon and Snake river history. Currently a student of International Agribusiness at Utah State University, Madeline spends her (often precious) free time fly fishing, skiing the Wasatch, and playing with her giant Labradoodle, Fozzy Bear.

Guiding Destinations: Snake River, Salmon River, Family Magic (Salmon River Canyons)

Cathy Henderson

Adventure Consultant

Cathy was drawn to the Pacific Northwest by her love of nature and outdoor adventure. A native Texan, she was captivated by Idaho's natural beauty, four seasons, and opportunity for year-round adventure. Cathy moved to Coeur d'Alene in 2010, where she enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, whitewater rafting, and fishing.

Cathy is a white water rafting enthusiast and is excited about all the adventures yet to come and the opportunities to share her passion for connecting our guests to life-expanding travel experiences. She spends her free time looking for new places to explore with her two dogs, Lola and Abby.

Destination Specialties: USA Rivers

Favorite Trip: Rogue River Rafting

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Josie Hoien

River Guide

Hailing from Iowa’s Spirit Lake, Josie is no stranger to being out in the wild. She grew up learning about the natural world with her father, who is passionate about restoring native prairies. Through her geography studies (with certificates in Native American and Indigenous Studies), she’s spent extensive periods researching the outdoors and used to spend her summers sailing, water skiing, and kayaking in Okoboji. Josie says that she feels at home on the water and loves the open-armed and quirky nature of the river community. When she’s not running rivers, Josie is in the dance studio, throwing dinner parties and profiling wine or participating in the Juneau Icefield Research Program. The most amazing thing she’s experienced? The mighty force of the Patagonian wind!

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Trevor Anderson

River Guide

While Trevor works as a school counselor for most of the year, he values the summer when he gets to recalibrate and embark on nature adventures with like-minded people. He’s rafted commercial runs since his 20s but it’s only in the last few years that he’s become more active in the rafting community. One of his favorite memories from guide school was running a clean line through “Satan’s Cesspool” on the South Fork American River. Originally from Longview in Washington State where he grew up on a farm, Trevor is particularly looking forward to guiding on the beautiful Deschutes River in Oregon as he’ll be close to home and his beloved dog Max. Among his most amazing life experiences? Diving with sharks in Fiji! When he’s not on the river, you’ll probably find Trevor twirling fire sticks (without setting himself on fire!)

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Cayla Sanderson

River Guide

Guide since 2014; ID, MT, OR. Joined ROW in 2014. Born and raised in the small town of Page, Arizona Cayla had no choice but to love the outdoors. Her family spent many summers on the Colorado River and Lake Powell, enjoying water sports and camping trips. After completing her bachelor's degree in Geography at Portland State University, Cayla went on to work as a River Jester for ROW Adventures in 2014. She soon became one of the white water guides, guiding on the Salmon, Snake, Rogue, Clark Fork, Missouri and Moyie Rivers. Being able to show others the true raw beauty of nature is what she lives for as a guide. When Cayla is not rafting, she is exploring the world through hiking, camping, climbing, painting and simply geeking out on life! 

Guiding Destinations: Middle Fork, Rogue River, Lochsa River, Salmon River, Family Magic (Salmon River Canyons)

Will Findell

River Guide

Guide since 2013: UT, ID. Joined ROW in 2016. Will was born along a ridge top at 14,000’ in Colorado. Just after delivery, his father, the impromptu doctor, slipped and sent Will glissading down a nearby snowfield and into a creek. Ever since, Will has been drawn to rivers, exploring them first by inner tube as a child, then by kayak and raft. He began guiding professionally in 2013, in Moab, Utah, where he discovered his love for hot air, flat water, and upstream wind. In between river seasons in Utah, Will earned his BS in resource conservation at the University of Montana in Missoula. From Missoula, Will got his first tastes of the incredible rivers and creeks of North Idaho, and he knew it was where he belonged.

Guiding Destinations: Middle Fork, Snake River, Lochsa River

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Michael (Mike) Mourar

River Guide

Philadelphia-born Mike Mourar has been hooked on rafting since he first flipped on the Lower Youghiogheny River at the age of 12. He’s since completed a BS in Outdoor Adventure Education and an AA in Outdoor Recreation Leadership and has guided trips throughout Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, and Costa Rica. He says that it’s the beauty of floating through remote wilderness areas that inspires him to be a guide, with a highlight of his career being NOT flipped on the Grand Canyon’s Crystal Rapid while running the river at 40,000 CFS. One of his most amazing life experiences? Climbing an active volcano in Chile during a full moon. In his free time, Mike likes to play his four-note harmonica or explore scenic backroads on his motorcycle. 

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Karoline Woodhead

River Guide

Karoline’s career on the river began in 2014 as a swamper and she’s since completed a degree in Environmental Studies from Lehigh University. But her experience in the rafting world began as a kid when she used to accompany her mom down the Payette River and she says that being on the water has “consumed” her summers ever since. Originally from Boise, Idaho, she believes that her home state is a hidden gem and she’s passionate about sharing its rivers and mountains with people who are experiencing them for the first time. Karoline loves learning about the region’s birdlife and fish (particularly sturgeon and salmon) and describes her special skill as baking pineapple upside-down cake. When reflecting on her most amazing life experiences, she says that spending a night completely alone in the Sawtooth Wilderness as being up there with the best. 

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Angie Fuhrmann

River Guide

Guide since 2011: CO, UT, OR. Joined ROW in 2013. Angie Fuhrmann began her nomadic lifestyle at two weeks old, moving from her birth state, Nevada, to Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, and eventually Arizona by the time she finished high school. After completing her bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, she attended Colorado State University and earned a Master's in Anthropology. While in college she worked as a hiking guide at Grand Canyon and discovered her passion for sharing the outdoors with others. Not long after, she discovered rafting and traded in her hiking boots for river sandals to become a raft guide. After a rafting trip in Oregon, Angie was drawn to the beauty of the Northwest. She did a short stint with a county health department before returning to river guiding with ROW on the Rogue River. When not on the river, she is usually found wandering in the woods hunting for edible mushrooms or traveling in Latin America. In the off-season, Angie teaches anthropology courses for an online university and has led gap-year adventure programs for young adults. She recently founded and runs a successful gourmet mushroom company with her partner, Grant. 

Guiding Destinations: Rogue River

Ryan Baier

River Guide

A blacksmith by trade, Ryan Baier recently returned to the river to pursue his passion for guiding, which was first ignited in 2008 on the Colorado River. He’s always had a love for the outdoors, with his most vivid childhood memories involving cliff jumping at Westwater Canyon and chasing goats through Lodore Canyon. Ryan loves discovering new landscapes and new rivers, whether it’s in the United States or in one of the 30+ countries he’s visited. Highlights of his global wanderings include standing on the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in a snowstorm, walking the legendary Inca Trail, and watching a stampede of wildebeest on the Serengeti plains. He loves good food, good friends, and good stories, and tries to squeeze as much out of life as possible. When he’s not rafting, Ryan’s busy shoeing horses, hiking with his dog “Rooster”, and pursuing his search for the world’s best ramen. 

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Anna Pauken

River Guide

Hailing from Toledo, Ohio, Anna has been guiding guests down the rivers of Tennessee, North Carolina, Idaho, Montana, and Oregon since 2016. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and is skilled at plant identification…as well as hula hooping! When reflecting on her childhood, Anna says that days spent bass fishing with her dad are among her most treasured and the feeling of being “so proud” while walking home with a stringer full. When it comes to amazing life experiences, an early morning spent sea kayaking amidst bioluminescence algae off the Georgia coast is up there amongst her best, with a magical sunset and porpoise sighting completing the experience. When not at work, you’ll find Anna hiking trails, reading in the library, or (unsurprisingly) exploring other rivers.

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Dylan Manderlink

River Guide

Originally from the urban jungle of New York City, Dylan describes seeing a clear, starry night sky for the first time in the Berkshires as one of her most memorable childhood moments. Her first encounter with rafting was after she moved to Moab in 2016 and she says that watching the sunset over the desert while hiking in La Sals Mountains also left a pretty big impression on her. In Utah, Dylan worked in wilderness therapy for two years and has traveled to 48 of the 50 states (as well as visiting 42 of our 63 national parks! She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Education from Emerson College and when she’s not on the river, you’ll probably find her listening to podcasts, singing, and playing the piano.