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Meet the Crew

“Believe me my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”

~Water Rat, The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame

We take great pride in our community of guides here at Winding Waters River Expeditions. They are the heart and soul of our company, along with the brains and brawn! Life around our boathouse and on the river is a joy with our cast of characters. It’s this genuine, infectious enjoyment of river life that has brought many Winding Waters guests back year after year.

Our licensed, professional guides have diverse backgrounds in the outdoor industry as whitewater rafting, fly fishing and backcountry ski guides, as well as kayak instructors, school teachers, outdoor educators, and ski instructors and patrollers. Many of them live in our community year-round. The average age of our guides is 34 with an average of 8 years’ experience. They enjoy teaching, meeting new people, and have a passion for the outdoors. And they can all spin a pretty good yarn as well. Our licensed guides are trained in First Aid, CPR, and swift water rescue techniques.

NAME: Paul Arentsen (Joseph, OR)Paul_rowing2
HOMETOWN: Louisville, KY
POSITION: Owner, Office Head Honcho, & Lead Guide
SCHOOL: Indiana University (Finance)
BACKGROUND: Paul has been guiding (backpacking, river, and troubled youth) since 1995. He was introduced to “The River” in ’95 and has not been able to leave it since. Paul resides in Joseph, OR with his wife, Penny, and children Linden and Britton.
PASSIONS: Skiing, fishing for Steelhead and looking forward to the next river season. Volunteer: Ferguson Ridge Ski Patrol (Director, Patroller), Eagle Cap Ski Club Board (Member), Wallowa Avalanche Center Board (Member), Wallowa Resources Board (Member), & Enterprise-Joseph Lion’s Club (Member).
CERTIFICATIONS: Outdoor Emergency Care Technician, Swift Water Rescue, and CPR
FAVORITE QUOTE:Yes, we can.

Linden_PennyNAME: Penny Rieke Arentsen (Joseph, OR)
POSITION: Owner, Office & Boathouse Shop Lackey, & Guide
HOMETOWN: Auburn, Indiana
SCHOOL: Colorado College (Geology), Teton Science School, & Utah State University (MA Watershed Science)
BACKGROUND: Penny’s guide career started in 1996. She has an extensive background in outdoor science education with kids. Today, she is enjoying the best work she’s ever done, raising her and Paul’s daughter, Linden (8) and son, Britton (4). You’ll see her in the Boathouse Shop, occasionally on the river, or you may get her on the other end of the office phone.
PASSIONS: Skiing, horseback riding, hiking, biking, and exploring with Linden and Britton. Volunteer: Wallowa County Education Service District Board (Member), Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce Board (Member), Joseph Branch Trail Consortium Board (Member), Enterprise-Joseph Lion’s Club (Member), Ferguson Ridge Ski Patrol (Secretary, Patroller), Joseph City Park Playground Renovation Committee (Co-Chair), & Wallowa Mountain Pony Club Board (Secretary)
CERTIFICATIONS: Outdoor Emergency Care Technician and CPR
FAVORITE QUOTES:We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ~ Winston Churchill

mike_baird2NAME: Mike Baird (Enterprise, OR)
POSITION: Guide
HOMETOWN: Boise, ID
BACKGROUND: Mike has been guiding for well over 20 years, and with us since 2005. He has an extensive forestry background and was employed in that field for years. He is currently a high school science and economics teacher in Enterprise, Oregon and continues to work in the woods during the summers between river trips. He also performs contract biology work for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
CERTIFICATIONS: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Swift Water Rescue
PASSIONS: Whitewater rafting, Hells Canyon, traveling, telemark ski, hunt big game and birds, and work with his Morgan horses.
FAVORITE QUOTE:It is always easier to seek forgiveness than permission.” ~ Unknown

NAME: Patrick Baird (Enterprise, OR)
POSITION: Guide
HOMETOWN: Lostine, OR
SCHOOL: University of Oregon, 2013
BACKGROUND: Patrick has been guiding with us since 2006. He got his first taste of river life on a four day Hells Canyon trip at age 12 where he quickly realized he wanted to spend as much time running rivers as possible. At 15 Patrick began working in the Winding Waters boathouse and by the time he finished high school he was spending his summers guiding full time in Hells Canyon. He attended the University of Oregon where he received a degree in English. Since college, Patrick has guided on a variety of rivers throughout the Northwest including the Deschutes, Rogue, White Salmon and the Middle Fork of the Salmon but has always considered Hells Canyon his home stretch of river. 
CERTIFICATIONS: First Aid & CPR, Swiftwater Rescue level 4
PASSIONS: whitewater kayaking, reading, snowboarding, hunting , running, and writing
FAVORITE QUOTE:Enjoy every Sandwich.” Warren Zevon

silje2NAME: Silje Christoffersen (Enterprise, OR)
POSITION: Guide
HOMETOWN: Enterprise, Oregon (1st 3 years in Harare, Zimbabwe)
SCHOOL: Stavern Folkehøyskole Fredtun, Williams College
BACKGROUND: Silje has been guiding with us since 2011. Her first 3 years of life in Zimbabwe instilled a love for curiosity, adventure, and barefootedness. When she moved to Northeast Oregon, the vast landscape and wilderness area provided her with a new playground. Silje is a dual Norwegian-American citizen and is currently a sophomore at Williams College.
CERTIFICATIONS: First Aid & CPR
PASSIONS: Hiking, tele-skiing, horseback-riding, art, traveling, biking, & writing
FAVORITE QUOTE:Be neither a shoemaker nor a shaftmaker for anyone but yourself.” ~ Hávamál
My house burned down. Now I clearly see the rising moon.” ~ Matsu Basho

caitlinNAME: Caitlin Ecklund (La Grande, OR)
POSITION: Guide
HOMETOWN: Troy, ID
SCHOOL: Reed College (Cultural Anthropology)
BACKGROUND: Caitlin has been guiding since 2000 and with us since 2006. She has spent more summers of her life on the river than off. A second-generation Eastern Oregon fly-fishing and raft guide, she grew up with the lore of the family business–yarns of monster trout, apocalyptic storms, extravagant dutch-oven feasts, and meteor showers. All of this time on the river with her family has made her dedicated to the region.
CERTIFICATIONS: First Aid & CPR
PASSIONS: Dancing, hydration, stretching, napping, & jokes, jokes, jokes
FAVORITE QUOTE:She floated up the bright, crystalline river, through the plains, in a blinding explosion of color, sound, and smell. She had no need for magic arts and charms given her barge with gilded stern and soaring purple sails.” ~ Stacy Schiff, Cleopatra: A Life

NAME: Dave Flynn (Wallowa, OR)
POSITION: Guide
HOMETOWN: Troy, OR
BACKGROUND: Dave started guiding in 1996 and with us in 2007. He’s been a packer, guide, and rancher and has primarily ranched for the last 10 years. Dave has 3 wonderful kids: Ione, Emmett, and Roan.
PASSIONS: Fly fishing, being a father, & Community volunteer (Board Member: Wallowa County Education Service District, Board Member: Wallowa School Board, and Soccer Coach: Wallowa Valley Youth Soccer Assoc.)
FAVORITE QUOTE:Be like a river. Be open. Flow.” ~Julie Connor

 

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NAME: Cole Hauter
POSITION: Guide
HOMETOWN: La Grande/Cove, OR
SCHOOL: Southridge High School (Kennewick WA)
BACKGROUND: Cole was born and raised in Eastern Oregon. He grew up with weekends well spent out of town riding/racing motocross, camping out and rock climbing/hiking in Hells Canyon, ice climbing up the Lostine Canyon, backpacking into the Wallowas and Elkhorns, and boating on the Snake River. Cole moved back to Baker City from Kennewick (Tri-Cities), WA in March 2016 to pursue his goal of an outdoor office career. 
CERTIFICATIONS: Wilderness First Responder & CPR
PASSIONS: Motocross, Enduro, Mountaineering, Ice Climbing, Rock Climbing, Backpacking, Fishing
FAVORITE QUOTE:Sometimes you have to run before you can walk.

NAME: Sam Hinerfeld
POSITION: Guide
HOMETOWN: Portland, OR
SCHOOL: Tulane University, Class of 2022
BACKGROUND: Sam got a taste for rafting on the Snake River with Winding Waters in 2016 and started guiding with us in 2018. He’s has been an avid outdoor enthusiast since childhood. He’s done a NOLS course in the Wind River Range, served as an Outdoor School counselor, and did trail maintenance and conservation work with Northwest Youth Corp. 
PASSIONS: Rock Climbing, Skiing, Theater, Painting, Backpacking
CERTIFICATIONS: First Aid and CPR
FAVORITE QUOTE: You forget that the fruits belong to all and that the land belongs to no one.” ~Jean Jacques Rousseau

NAME: Mark Keffer (Joseph, OR)
POSITION: Guide
HOMETOWN: Enterprise, OR
SCHOOL: Eastern Oregon University (Education)
BACKGROUND: Mark has been guiding with us since 2015. He’s a 4th grade teacher at Enterprise Elementary School. He grew up running the Grande Ronde River and this experience led him to a job with us. Mark spent 2 summers commercial fishing for Salmon and Halibut in Alaska. He heads to the Oregon Coast with his wife, Michelle, and 2 kids (Mackenzie and Colton) to fish every chance he gets (when his wife lets him).
PASSIONS: Hunting, fishing, camping, skiing, hiking in the Wallowa Mountains, woodworking, spending time with family
CERTIFICATIONS: First Aid and CPR
FAVORITE QUOTE:It’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.” -Woodrow F. Call

Matt_KingNAME: Matt King
POSITION: Guide
HOMETOWN: Pasadena, CA
SCHOOL: Reed College (Biology)
BACKGROUND: Matt has been guiding with us since 2012. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, but managed to avoid the city-slicker lifestyle thanks to a pair of adventurous parents. Matt attended Reed College in Portland, OR, fell in love with the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest, and hasn’t left since. He relocated to the Wallowa Valley and found a desk jockey job as the Renewable Energy Program Director for a local community development organization, Wallowa Resources. He and his crew maintain a kayaking blog, Into the Outside, that focuses on exploratory boating and the beauty of places only accessible by kayak, check it out!
CERTIFICATIONS: Swiftwater Rescue Technician (Rescue 3 International), Whitewater Kayak Instructor (ACA, anticipated May 2013), First Aid, CPR
PASSIONS: Matt is obsessed with water: surfing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, & swimming. Other interests include cooking, gardening, eating, wine, cocktails, dinner parties, pretty much all manner of things related to food and friends.
FAVORITE QUOTE:You can only run it blind once.

Todd_confluenceNAME: Todd Kruger (Joseph, OR)
POSITION: Boathouse Manager/Guide
HOMETOWN: Salmon, ID/Bend, OR
SCHOOL: Walla Walla College (Social Work)
BACKGROUND: Todd has been guiding with us since 2005. His background includes working with troubled youth and as a master craftsman. He runs Twig, a 2nd hand recycled material craftsman company, which produces functional items from recycled materials.
CERTIFICATIONS: First Aid & CPR, Swift Water Rescue
PASSIONS: Recycling and bettering Wallowa County’s environment for all
FAVORITE QUOTE:Beer Goatman

EuellNAME: Euell Macke
POSITION: Guide
HOMETOWN: Cove, OR
SCHOOL: University of Oregon
BACKGROUND: Euell has been on our guide roster since 2012. He was raised in the wilds of Eastern Oregon. Some of his earliest memories are of backpacking in the Wallowa Mountains, rafting the Grande Ronde, and exploring the hills and streams around his home. A childhood passion for bug collecting led to a career as an ecologist. He studied endangered deer in the mountains of Argentina, butterflies in the Ecuadorian Amazon, marine biology in the Galapagos Islands, and rangeland ecology across the Great Basin. He is now working on a masters degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon.
CERTIFICATIONS: First Aid & CPR
PASSIONS: Climbing, kayaking, skiing, wilderness exploration, travel, music, art, carpentry, farming, and biology.
FAVORITE QUOTE:I died a mineral, and became a plant. I died a plant and rose an animal. I died an animal and I was man. Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?“- Rumi

JordanNAME: Jordan Manley (Lostine, OR)
POSITION: Guide
HOMETOWN: Lostine, OR/Memphis, TN
SCHOOL: Wallowa High School, Wallowa, OR
BACKGROUND: Jordan joined our guide crew in 2015. He grew up in Lostine, Oregon, raised by parents, particularly his Dad, who were very focused on the outdoors. He hunted, fished, and camped all over northeast Oregon. For the last ten years, he has been a packer and hunting guide for Del Sol Wilderness Adventures, guiding in the the Eagle Cap and Hells Canyon Wilderness. In addition to guiding, he cowboys for various ranches in the Imnaha canyons, and as a horse trainer and farrier focusing on natural horsemanship and livestock handling techniques. Winters are spent exploring the Wallowas on skis. He has spent his life seeking to deepen his understanding of the landscape of the region, and the plants, animals, and people who inhabit it.
CERTIFICATIONS: Wilderness First Responder & CPR
PASSIONS: backcountry skiing, horses, archery elk hunting, packrafting, wild edibles, primitive skills.
FAVORITE QUOTE:The quickest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.” ~John Muir

NAME: Alex Martin (Joseph, OR)
POSITION: Guide
HOMETOWN: Woodstock, GA
BACKGROUND: Alex started guiding with us in 2017. He grew up throughout northern Georgia exploring the Appalachian Wilderness near his home as well as the surrounding areas. He regularly utilized his weekends searching for the best places to hike and rock climb, as well as finding the coolest places to relax amongst the encumbering humidity of the South. He could often be found playing in any number of the rivers surrounding his home and area. In 2015 he managed to wander to Northeastern Oregon where he discovered Wallowa County as well as the abundant pleasures the Pacific Northwest has to offer, and has occupied his time since exploring the many natural wonders encompassing the area. From backpacking and the snow sports available within the Wallowa Mountains, to rock climbing and thrilling white water fun to be had in Hells Canyon, he has managed to wholeheartedly occupy his time with many great experiences full of love and laughter, as well as further his passion for the outdoors and our Mother Earth
CERTIFICATIONS: First Aid & CPR
PASSIONS: Water sports, rock climbing, backpacking/winter sports, fishing, music, laughter
FAVORITE QUOTE: You don’t stop playing because you get old, you get old because you stop playing.” ~Author Unknown

NAME: Shay Lyn Massey
POSITION: Guide
HOMETOWN: Joseph, OR
BACKGROUND: Shay was introduced to WWRE and river life in 2016, much thanks to Robin Pace, officially joining the Winding Waters family in 2017. Growing up in and around the wild Northwest instilled a passion for nature and a love for all living things from spiders and horses to human beings and trees. Summers spent in Joseph were run wild and barefoot in the woods and horseback on her grandparents land. She is still child like, has yet to “grow up” and, weather permitting, is usually barefoot. Her time is currently spent with friends, family, traveling and learning various crafts and ways of living.
CERTIFICATIONS: First Aid & CPR
PASSIONS: Communication, connection, the earth and all living things, wilderness exploration, travel, music, art reading and living with child-like wonderment.
FAVORITE QUOTE: The ones that matter most are the children.
When a man moves from nature, his heart becomes hard.
Tell me, and I will listen.
 Show me and I will understand.
 Involve me, and I will learn.
– Lakota Proverbs  

NAME: Captain James Nash, USMC Ret. (Enterprise, OR)
POSITION: Fly Fishing Guide (Winston Pro StaJames Nashff)
HOMETOWN: Enterprise, Oregon
SCHOOL: University of Montana- Western (Literature and Writing)
BACKGROUND: James guided whitewater for WWRE during the 2009 season before serving four years in the Marines as a tank commander. He returned to our guide roster in 2014. James is a fifth generation Wallowa County rancher and started guiding horseback trips into the Eagle Cap Wilderness when he was 14. He then became a wildland firefighter/ helicopter rappeller for 5 seasons while attending college. He taught fly fishing and fly tying at Montana-Western two years after failing the class himself due to lack of attendance (he was fishing). James is excited to be back on the water.
CERTIFICATIONS: CPR/First Aid, Combat Lifesaver
PASSIONS: I love experiencing wild places and helping others share those experiences. He spends his time hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, rafting, kayaking, shooting, and eating meat (preferably bacon).
FAVORITE QUOTE:Whenever I must choose between the lesser of two evils I always pick the one I never tried before.” ~ Mae West

Craig_guitarNAME: Craig Nichols (Enterprise, OR)
POSITION: Guide
BACKGROUND: Craig joined our crew in 2007. He is a river guide and entertainer extraordinaire. We are fortunate when we can pull him away from his ranching life. He is a recorded singer/songwriter, award-winning cowboy poet, horse trainer, and former rodeo rider, among many other things. If you’re lucky enough to sit around the campfire with Craig or ride in his boat, you’ll learn there really isn’t much he hasn’t done. And if you’re really lucky, Craig will cook you one of the best hamburgers in the world on the river.
CERTIFICATIONS: First Aid & CPR
PASSIONS: Horses

NAME: Robin Pace (Joseph, OR)
POSITION: Guide
HOMETOWN: Joseph, Oregon/Winnemucca, NV
SCHOOL: Boise State University (Pre-Speech-Language Pathology)
BACKGROUND: Robin has been with us since 2013. She grew upRobin splitting her time between school in Nevada and Joseph, or as she likes to call Joseph, home. She comes home every summer to spend time on her grandmother’s farm and get lost in the mountains. As a graduate of Boise State, she played three years of club lacrosse while in school and discovered her love of American Sign Language. She is not entirely sure what the future holds for her but would like to teach English somewhere overseas before attending grad school.
CERTIFICATIONS: First Aid & CPR
PASSIONS: Hiking, biking, sunrises, staying active, reading and American Sign Language
FAVORITE QUOTE:Person to person, moment to moment, as we love, we change the world.”- Smahria Lyte Kaufman
Alis volat propiis—“She flies with her own wings.

AndersNAME: Anders Pace (Joseph, OR)
POSITION: Guide
HOMETOWN: Winnemucca, NV/Joseph, OR
SCHOOL: Boise State University (Environmental Studies)
BACKGROUND: Anders joined his sister Robin on our guide roster in 2015. He grew up in Winnemucca, Nevada, but has always spent summers in Joseph, Oregon on his grandmother’s farm. He recently graduated from Boise State University. In his free time he enjoys staying active and tries to play as many sports as possible.
CERTIFICATIONS: First Aid and CPR
PASSIONS: Hiking, reading, any sport with a ball, and skipping rocks.
FAVORITE QUOTE: He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.” ~Marcus Aurelius

NAME: Paul Pagano (Enterprise, OR)
POSITION: Fly Fishing Guide
HOMETOWN: Oregon City, OR
SCHOOL: Oregon State University
BACKGROUND: Originally from Western Oregon, Paul moved to Eastern Oregon to pursue a career change and to follow his family and future wife, Montana. He is currently a Deputy Sheriff with the Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office and has been in law enforcement, full time, for 7 years. He grew up near the Clackamas River and spent many days of my childhood drifting that river with my father, in search of Salmon and Steelhead. He enjoys teaching others how to fish and is excited at the opportunity to show others the amazing fishing opportunities here in Wallowa County. When he’s not working, you can usually find him on a river with a spey rod, or a switch rod in his hand, trying to keep track of his dog (Kado). He’s been lucky enough to return annually to Belize, exploring the flats for Bonefish and Permit…just about the time the guides start freezing on fly rods in Wallowa County!
CERTIFICATIONS: First Aid and CPR
PASSIONS: Fly fishing, fly tying, travel, exploring the fisheries of the Pacific Northwest and spending time with his amazing family.
FAVORITE QUOTE: Only an extraordinary person would purposely risk being outsmarted by a creature often less than twelve inches long, over and over again.” ~Janna Bialek

NAME: Sarah Petrillo (Tacoma, WA)
POSITION: Guide
HOMETOWN: Portland, OR
SCHOOL: University of Puget Sound (Majoring in Plant Biology & Spanish)
BACKGROUND: Sarah has been guiding with us since 2016. She grew up in Portland and spent summers in Joseph falling in love with the mountains and rivers and wildlife. These trips to NE Oregon sparked her passion for plants and wildlife. She is fluent in Spanish and spent 6 months studying in Chile.
CERTIFICATIONS: First Aid and CPR
PASSIONS: Kayaking, backpacking, cooking, eating, dancing, travel, plant biology
FAVORITE QUOTE: 
All the valley is dancing
Together under the sun,
And the heart of him who joins us not
Is turned to dust, to dust.”
~ Isabel Allende

NAME: Jon Rombach (Enterprise, OR)
POSITION: Whitewater & Fly Fishing Guide, Author of the Gearboat Chronicles
HOMETOWN: Eugene, OR
SCHOOL: University of Montana (History)
BACKGROUND: Jon has been guiding with us since 2005. Tour guide in Hawaii and Glacier National Park. Radio host at KWVR, Enterprise. Professor of Journalism, Englisjon_rombachh and Cross-Cultural Studies at Alethia University in Taiwan, a junior college so prestigious they hired a guy from a small-town radio station with some freelance writing experience to teach journalism. Writes a column for the Wallowa County Chieftain and loves doing research for The Gearboat Chronicles, which involves being on the river and meeting good folks.
CERTIFICATIONS: First Aid & CPR
PASSIONS: Runs a rescue shelter for old log cabins. Jon’s house is a pile of logs thrown together by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s that was facing the bulldozer. Recently he moved a cabin built in 1920 at Wallowa Lake that was in danger of being euthanized.
FAVORITE QUOTE:My pappy was a pistol, I’m a son of a gun.” ~ Roger Miller

NAME: Hilary Valentine (Joseph, OR)
POSITION: Food Operations Manager
HOMETOWN: Kent, OH
SCHOOL: Westminster College (Philosophy), Savannah CoHilary Valentinellege of Art and Design (Architectural Design)
BACKGROUND: Hilary climbed aboard with us in 2014. After college Hilary moved to Portland, Oregon to pursue a career in design. After a long adventurous campaign and a series of fortunate events she found her way her to Joseph and hasn’t looked back. She spends her extra time on creative adventures with pen, paint and alternative ice leisure sports.
PASSIONS: Food, Water, Camping, Art, Ridiculously Time Consuming Parties, and her dog Clive
FAVORITE QUOTE:A ship in the harbor is safe but that is not what ships are built for.” ~ John Shedd

Kai WelchNAME: Kai Welch (Nashville, TN)
POSITION: Guide
HOMETOWN: Cove, OR
SCHOOL: University of Oregon (Music)
BACKGROUND: Kai jumped on board in 2013. He was born into a tribe of semi-nomadic back-to-the-land hippy homesteaders in Oregon in 1980. He spent much of his young life camped in a teepee in the national forests of the Pacific Northwest, which left him with a deep love for wild places and the American West. From humble beginnings, he has made humble progress. He studied the piano at University of Oregon, before he made adventuring his life’s work for many years. He has crossed the South Pacific by sailboat, hitch-hiked through the Australian outback, climbed rock walls in the Sierra Nevada, and briefly inhabited an uninhabited island. Kai is now often called a songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist, among other more slanderous things, and since 2006 he has lived in Nashville, working with many great artists including Kacey Musgraves, Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket), Bobby Bare, Jr., and bluegrass band The Greencards. For the past three years, Kai has toured a collaboration he created with Abigail Washburn called “City of Refuge”, and in 2011, released his debut solo record, “Send It Down“.
CERTIFICATIONS: First Aid & CPR
PASSION: Music- Watch a video of Kai singing with Abigail Washburn

NAME: Joel Weltzien
POSITION: Guide
HOMETOWN: Dillon, MT
SCHOOL: Davidson Honors College at the University of Montana (Cultural Anthropology)
BACKGROUND: Joel started guiding with us in 2017. He grew up in southwestern Montana, where he spent his childhood reading, traveling, hiking, and playing music. He first started rafting on the Big Hole and Beaverhead rivers, mainly because all of his friends wanted to fish, and he didn’t have a license.
CERTIFICATIONS: First Aid & CPR, Montana Bartending License
PASSIONS: Music, (specifically percussion,) traveling, hiking, reading, rafting and craft beer
FAVORITE QUOTE: We are indeed enjoying a very intimate relation with the river: only a layer of fabric between our bodies and the water. I let my arm dangle over the side and trail my hand in the flow. Something dreamlike and remembered, that sensation called déjà vu- when was I here before? A moment of groping back through the maze, following the thread of a unique emotion, and then I discover the beginning. I am fulfilling at last a dream of childhood and one as powerful as the erotic dreams of adolescence- floating down the river.” ~Edward Abbey

 

NAME: Linden Arentsen (Joseph, OR)
POSITION: Chief Junior Guide
HOMETOWN: Joseph, OR
SCHOOL: Life 101
BACKGROUND: Linden arrived August 12, 2010 to proud parents Paul and Penny in the midst of a hectic river season. She is our Chief Junior Guide, helping other kids new to rafting have fun and learn the ropes. She jumps into the activity around the boathouse in the summer. And she LOVES her lil’ brother, Britton. We are looking forward to her joining the guide team in a few years, after she gets us all trained!
CERTIFICATIONS: Ski School 101, Salmon River Sumo Wrestling Official
PASSIONS: skiing, soccer, riding her pony, & playing with her brother.
FAVORITE QUOTE:I want….

NAME: Britton Arentsen (Joseph, OR)
POSITION: Little Brother
HOMETOWN: Joseph, OR
SCHOOL: Life 101
BACKGROUND: Britton came onto the scene May 15, 2014 to a family much awaiting his arrival. Britton thrived on his first 4 day Salmon rafting trip in 2018. Big sister Linden has been having fun sharing the river with her little bro!
CERTIFICATIONS: Eating 101
PASSIONS: Biking, skiing, swimming, horseback riding, and running
FAVORITE QUOTE:Sure!

 

maceyNAME: Macey Arentsen (Joseph, OR)
POSITION: Lead Dog
HOMETOWN: Logan, UT
SCHOOL: Dog Town, USA
BACKGROUND: Macey had a long life with us and peacefully passed away in December of 2017. She loved running rivers with her family. We dearly miss her and hope she’s enjoying her new world. See you on “the river” soon, our friend.

ScoutNAME: Scout Arentsen (Joseph, OR)
POSITION: Lead Dog
HOMETOWN: Palisade, CO
SCHOOL: Macey’s School of Dog Life
BACKGROUND: Scout learned from the best, our beloved Macey. As a mini-Australian Shepard, she’s a little more timid around water, but loves adventure!
CERTIFICATIONS: Cat & chicken chasing
PASSIONS: running, chasing anything that will run from her, and seeking out lovin’s
FAVORITE QUOTE: “Scout!”