1) Where are you
from? Your profession? I grew up in Pennsylvania, but I have lived in
Gainesville, Florida since 1998. My graduate degree is from University of
Florida in Landscape Architecture. I'm a landscape designer at Cottage
2) When and how
did you become interested in paddling? My family used to camp in Maine
in the summer and we had a canoe—that was my introduction to paddling.
Soon after I came to Gainesville, a friend of mine took me on one of Lars
Andersen's Adventure Outpost trips and I've been hooked ever since. I
think it was on the Ichetucknee.3) Where is your
favorite place to paddle? I love to paddle from Shell
Mound, near Cedar Key on Florida’s west coast, out to Derrick Key. I've had
great times paddling around the Indian River Lagoon near Vero Beach. Of
course I love to paddle ALL the springs - Rock Springs Run, Ichetucknee,
Juniper Springs. I also love the high, eroded limestone banks along the
4) What’s the most
interesting thing that’s ever happened to you on a paddling trip? Every time I hear and see dolphins I'm
5) How many Paddle
Florida trips have you gone on and to where?
on the Wekiva/St. John's River Ramble and the Suwannee River Paddling
Festival. Both were terrific!
6) What keeps you
coming back? The live music at the end of the
day, meeting other paddling enthusiasts, camping and being in nature, and not
having to cook.
7) Can you describe a particular Paddle Florida trip highlight?
Seeing two young black bears at dusk on a secluded
dock while paddling on the Wekiva River.
8) What advice do you have for folks considering a Paddle
Florida trip? Paddle
Florida trips are both physically challenging and fun, you'll meet lots of
interesting people, see lots of beautiful natural places, and have great food
and music at the end of the day. They even had a massage therapist at the
end of the Suwannee River Paddling Festival!