Taryn first sat down in a kayak on Orcas Island 10 years ago and hasn’t really gotten out of the boat since. She has been guiding with Outdoor Odysseys since 2010, and she is stoked to have the opportunity to continue to share her knowledge and love of her island home and its diverse marine ecosystem with visitors of all kinds. Whether she’s searching the intertidal for melted sea stars, foraging for local ingredients for dinner, or hosting a handstand-on-your-kayak competition, Taryn is always excited to see what each trip brings. Recent baby orca addition J53 was born on her birthday, so she plans to spend this summer campaigning hard to get this whale named after her. She clearly deserves this honor.
In the winter Taryn can most often be found driving the stretch of I-5 between her San Juan home and Seattle, where she runs her own applied arts company, creating original works of art and performance with underserved communities. Or, in simpler terms – not paying off her expensive art school education.