Jon

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About me

Gender MALE
Occupation Facility Manager
Location Seattle, WA, United States
Introduction I was born 30 miles SE of Dodge City into the family that represented the blacksmithing trade of Ford County, KS. Blacksmithing, being on the wane, forced a career change that took us to Wichita and Boeing Aircraft which eventually resulted in a move to Seattle. Water wasn’t an influence in Kansas but became a major factor in my life growing up in Seattle. I learned to swim, walk logs, build, borrow and steal rafts. With two home-built dinghies, a hydroplane and a runabout I explored the lakes and shorelines of the Seattle area. When a friend introduced me to white water kayaks 40 years ago it stuck. I am currently working on putting together bits and pieces of a route from Olympia to Prince Rupert, BC. I don’t have time or desire to do it in one fell swoop so it’s a trip here and a trip there. When complete it will follow the outer Canadian west coast. In the meantime it’s a collection of visits and learnings as time allows. As I go I am respectfully enjoying the magic northern waters at the pleasure of my gracious Canadian hosts. I am a member of Washington Water Trails Association and BC Marine Trails where I am a member of the BCMTNA Coastal Journeys Team.
Interests Introduced to sea kayaking while working in the outdoor retail industry. My employer taught me to climb, ski, hang glide and paddle. Currently paddle a Sterling Illusion for every day and a Tempest 170 Pro for trips.
Favorite Music Mozart Horn Concertos, Little Feat circa Lowell George, AC/DC
Favorite Books Most any by: Herman Wouk, James Michener, Michael & Jeff Shaara