Born and raised on the shores of the Salish Sea in Port Townsend, Wa, Jason held a fascination for the natural beauty of the region. After studying Cultural Anthropology at Western Washington University, he embarked on a 22 year odyssey in Alaska where he danced between managing remote off-grid eco-lodges, carpentry work, and exploring the awe-inspiring beauty of wild Alaska.
During the darkest months of Alaskan winters, Jason often escaped to explore far flung international destinations to learn about and appreciate other cultures. Jason is excited to return to his roots on the Salish Sea and explore the beauty of the San Juan Islands. In the off-season, Jason can be found practicing landscape and nature photography, hiking with his dog Hank, or searching for the perfect tropical island escape to enjoy some blissful hammock time.
Most amazing outdoor and/or wildlife experience you’ve ever had?
While spending the summer of 2007 in the wilderness of Kenai Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, I witnessed a brown bear stalking and chasing an elderly moose on the shores of a glacial lake. During the 3 hour ordeal, the bear chased the moose up and down the beach, swam after it in the lake, and at one point was underneath the moose without being able to bring it down. The moose eventually swam around a headland while the bear went inland.
Favorite place to paddle other than the San Juans?
Outside of the San Juan Islands, my favorite place to paddle is Alaska’s Aialik and Harris Bay among the glaciers, whales, and mountainous scenery of Kenai Fjords National Park.