After deciding to mix things up a bit in life, Al Ogden took up paddling in 2009. His first lengthy excursion was the Paddle Florida's Suwannee trip from Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park to Manatee Springs. Since then he has enjoyed other trips with Paddle Florida as he has been able to squeeze them into a busy schedule. Most weekends will find him on local lakes tempting indigenous fishes with baited hook. Ogden has been an avid naturalist most of his life. Having spent portions of his youth living and working in beautiful places like Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Colorado, Michigan and Washington, he grew, early in life, to appreciate all that Mother Nature provides. After a military career that included experience in natural wonders of Viet Nam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Germany, Greece and Crete, he settled down with a degree in Field Ecology then Agronomy and Plant Genetics. He has lived in North Central Florida since the very early '80s and has enjoyed the wonderful diversity of that area. Aside from paddling (or, in his case, peddling) he dabbles in photography, pros, cycling (both motorized and human powered), camping, hiking and fishing. he dances at least twice a week and is always interested in new moves. Future plans are to start singing again and learning to play the flute. He currently works as an engineer at a University of Florida research facility.