“This was our second trip with OOK and we, again, had a fabulous time. Our adult sons joined us and also said they really enjoyed the trip. Chris and Tony were low key enough to keep the group relaxed but also fun. They were well versed naturalists along with being conservation and safety minded. We saw orcas, salmon jumping, seals, harbor porpoises, jelly fish, and most of all, beautiful weather! The food was delicious and it was fun to enjoy wine, appetizers and conversation while Chris and Tony prepared the meals! We would definitely go out with OOK again.” 2011 3 Day Tour
Chris grew up in Cleveland, and, lacking mountains (and non flammable water!) moved to Colorado for his undergraduate degree. He majored in running around in the mountains (although some call it biology!) and developed an unquenchable thirst for being outside. This led to a semester long mountaineering and sea kayaking course with NOLS in South America. When Chris returned to the states and compared paddling in the fjords of
Patagonia to Calculus 3, he knew that being outside was going to be a big priority in any future endeavors.After graduation, he moved to the Olympic Peninsula and worked as an Environmental Educator at Olympic National Park. He worked in the Olympics for 3 years and fell in love with the Pacific Northwest. Here’s Chris: “Some people say it rains a lot…which is true. But it is also home to world record tree sizes, the highest biomass levels on the planet and some of the richest marine life you can find anywhere. Worth a little rain? Check.” Currently, Chris is pursuing a Masters in Marine Biology in Bellingham Washington. “It has been a great opportunity to learn more about how the ecology of this area works – as well as explore new areas of the PNW.” Since starting his MS he has worked as a paddling and ski guide for the WWU outdoor center, a field Botanist for North Cascades National Park and most importantly….as a guide for Outdoor Odyssey.