OARS is my all-year-round activity! When I'm not working, I'm usually planting, reading, or parenting.
The Best Part of My Job
Being able to enthusiastically nerd out on packing lists with a guest who is equally excited.
How I found OARS
My dad was an OARS guide for over 30 years, and I spent my time off at the Angels Camp operation (where we lived for quite some time) and then eventually on a raft when I was old enough. Later, I started a family, and I realized I didn't want to leave my kids all of the time to guide professionally, but I was having river withdrawals, so I ended up 'going home' to the Angels Camp office. I grew up seeing the George Wendt philosophy, "We save what we love, and we love what we know," in action, and I believe that working at OARS helps me play a part in protecting what I love.
My Favorite Spot on the River/Outdoors
I love the Thunder River to Deer Creek hike in the Grand Canyon; every step fills me with awe and gratitude. It is a truly spiritual journey.
My Favorite Trip Memory
My favorite memory is still the first time my dad gave me the oars. He coached me through some little unnamed riffle. I can feel that sense of accomplishment and understanding every time I row a boat.
Favorite River Tradition
Getting all of the way in the river before I even get on the boats (if conditions allow).
I Can’t Live Without
Hot coffee and dark chocolate - at my desk and on the river.