Waiter at the Boatman’s Bar and Grill
Retail Specialist at the Three Rivers Trading Post Store
Level 1 Maine River Guide License
Level 2 Maine River Guide License
Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician
Blue Hill, Maine
How long have you worked in the Outdoor Industry?
I’ve worked in various parts of the outdoor recreation industry for around 6 years.
What is your origin story working for Three Rivers Whitewater?
It was August of 2021, feeling heartbroken and lost in the world, my homie called me up and said, “We’re rafting in 4 days. You in or you out, dawg?”
“I’ll be there!” I replied.
*4 days later*
I drove to Millinocket, Maine – the Magic City. When I arrived, we shoveled pasta salad down our throats while listening to the safety speech. We rafted, Drew Strongwood was my guide. It ignited my passion for rafting. Drew Strongwood told me all about training and how to become a Maine Guide. 7 months later I found myself sitting in the Boatman’s Bar and Grill surrounded by dirtbags and I never looked back.
What do you love most about being a Maine River Guide?
Waking up in the woods, walking barefoot down a trail, showing up to work in sandals, and getting to take people from far and wide, rafting down my favorite river every day!
What is your favorite rapid to guide in Maine?
Mile long rapid on the Dead River. There’s a wave at the end of this mile long stretch of technical whitewater called F.B.I, short for Full Body Impact. It’s mind blowing.
What is your favorite hike in Maine?
I love hiking into Magic Falls Rapid on the Kennebec to see the water levels come up and watching how the river changes. After that watching all the boaters come through and get absolutely blown up.
What do you enjoy doing when not working?
Favorite experience on the river?
My last guided run during my level 1 guide training. I did everything almost good enough and it made me feel confident as a whitewater Maine guide.
Our guide, River was amazing and really learned our group well. Calming and reassuring. We got to know what got him excited, and we were game to join in! Especially in the raft! Lead us in to amazing hits! Got us surfing and chill time floating. Each person in the boat got to do exactly what they wanted.
We had such an amazing time on our rafting trip! Our guide, River, was so professional and kind. He did an incredible job directing us, as we were all beginners, and made us feel very comfortable!
We had the honor of having River for our guide. He is experienced, knowledgeable, informative, personal and fun. He has amazing adventurous stories about rafting he shared with us. River is professional, friendly and took his job very seriously. He truly has a love for rafting, water, nature and adventure