Outdoor Odysseys feels very strongly that the quality of your guide plays a crucial role in the enjoyment of your San Juan Island sea kayaking vacation. In a business that has a high turn-over rate (outdoor guides tend to be kinda' independent and free spirited) we have been very fortunate to hire excellent people who return to work for us year after year.

All of our guides are safety oriented, knowledgeable regarding all aspects of kayaking, and experienced in the outdoors. They have a background in natural history and are of the Pacific Northwest they call home.

Scroll through and get to know the Outdoor Odysseys team!


Tom Murphy, Owner and Guide

Tom Murphy – Owner/Guide

Tom has been in the islands since 2001 and began working with Outdoor Odysseys since 2005 before purchasing it from Clark in 2012. His passion

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Clark Casebolt - Founder - Outdoor Odysseys

Clark Casebolt – Founder

A former school teacher, Clark combined his love of the outdoors and strong people skills to create Outdoor Odysseys in 1987. A native of Tacoma,

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Kaitlin Anderson, Outdoor Odysseys guide

Kaitlin Anderson

Kaitlin has been working with Outdoor Odysseys for nine years and she keeps coming back for more! Originally from Wisconsin, she went to college at

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Magda Balise, Outdoor Odysseys guide

Magda Balise

Magda is originally from California and started river kayaking in 1991. After she got a “bomb-proof” Eskimo roll, Magda began boating more difficult class IV

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Michael Balise, Outdoor Odysseys guide

Michael Balise

Michael was born and raised north of Seattle, and mis-spent his youth sailing small boats around Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands.  Somehow he

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Taryn Collis, Outdoor Odysseys guide

Taryn Collis

Taryn first sat down in a kayak on Orcas Island 10 years ago and hasn’t really gotten out of the boat since. This will be

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Emma Bucke, Outdoor Odysseys guide

Emma Bucke

When not in the San Juans Emma can be found moving vertically through the world in climbing meccas such as Joshua Tree, Yosemite and Thailand.

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Jennifer Koenig, Outdoor Odysseys giuide

Jennifer Koenig

Jennifer sees the outdoors as an opportunity to better live physically and mentally, while creating a reciprocal relationship and appreciation of nature.

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Keith Dornan, Outdoor Odysseys guide

Keith Dornan

This will be Keith’s 2nd season as a guide with Outdoor Odysseys.  Hailing from Omaha, Nebraska, Keith has felt a strong westward pull his entire

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Matthew Porter

Matthew Porter

This will be Matthew’s second year in the San Juan islands. Matthew graduated with a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of

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Sev Piper, Outdoor Odysseys guide

Sev Piper

As a native of the Pacific Northwest, Sev loves spending time both on the water and in the mountains. While he enjoys and seeks out

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Sarah Young, Outdoor Odysseys guide

Sarah Young

Sarah began paddling on the calm waters of Lake Joy, a small lake nestled in the foothills of the North Cascades. After placing well in

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