Our Place & People

Our Place & People

GENERAL LOCATION

The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is the most highly visited sea kayaking national lakeshore in the country! Sea kayakers from the US west and east coasts and all points in between travel here to paddle the crystal clear fresh waters of Lake Superior. What makes the area so great for sea kayak adventurers is the archipelago of 22 islands (including Madeline Island) that spreads out northeast from Point Detour on the Bayfield Peninsula; the northern most point of Wisconsin. A paddle trip in these Islands is truly a paddle through time; the Island’s robust history is as old as the land and lake itself. The intrigue of leaving one shoreline and heading across the channel to discover a distant island on the horizon is contagious. This is truly an inland sea; water and shoreline features among the islands are reminiscent of paddling coastlines in both the Pacific northwest and along the seaboard of our Eastern states. For comprehensive information on the Apostle Islands you will enjoy the National Park website: www.nps.gov/apis/

 

 

LOCAL AREA

Bayfield is a fantastic place to visit and get to know. The winters are great here for skiing, snowshoeing and dog sledding. And fall colors? ….some of the best around are in full blaze each year for Apple Festival weekend. But summers are heavenly; the Lake warms up and the community opens their arms for tourism and the chance to show off all of the great features we have to offer. Getting out on the water for a sea kayak trip is a MUST in our humble opinion (!) but we encourage you to wrap your time with Living Adventure with other area activities. Madeline Island has great biking, hiking, swimming and a fabulous history museum in La Pointe. World class musicians come to Bayfield every summer to perform at Big Top Chautauqua: http://bigtop.org/ Bayfield is famous for the berry orchards and you can purchase or pick your own seasonal fruit. Check out the Bayfield Chamber of Commerce website for complete area information: www.bayfield.org

 

 

 

THE LIVING ADVENTURE CENTER

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LIVING ADVENTURE OWNERS

OwnersLiving Adventure was founded by Gail Green and Grant Herman in 2001. Spanning careers of several decades, their collective skills as educators and outdoor professionals fortified their efforts in the creation of what has grown to become a notable entrepreneurial success. Living Adventure Mission Statement
Our Place & People
Grant taught at Northland College for many years and with an emeritus status moved on to direct the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute. Most recently he works as Operations Director at Camp Manito-wish YMCA near Minoqua, WI. He is an avid paddler of all disciplines and a singer with Les Fils du Voyageur; singing the paddling songs of the French Canadian fur trade.

 

Gail 2Following a career in the arts, Gail transformed her passion for outdoor adventure into a profession to create travel programs with destinations such as Russia, France and Mexico. These experiences mix outdoor skills with creative process as a mechanism for deeper understanding of new cultures and natural environments. Gail continues to direct Living Adventure all year round but still finds time for favorite activities such as paddling and biking. Click for a 2 minute Venture North You Tube video featuring Gail’s Favorite Water Trail.

 

LIVING ADVENTURE STAFF

One of the great things about having a great company, is we attract great staff! Each year increasingly impressive resumes come across our desk as outdoor professionals new to Living Adventure are eager to come here for the excellent training and work atmosphere they have heard about.

Our Management Team (We’re noticing it’s hard to get these guys off the water, without sunglasses, for a picture!)

 

Joe Kochevar
Joe Kochevar

Joe is general manager and our lead sea kayaking coach and examiner. He both inspires and draws out the very best in staff throughout all departments. A graduate of Northland College, Joe has a diverse background of four season outdoor skills and a well rounded tool belt as a top notch builder and fix-it guy!
Heather Harrison
Heather Harrison

Heather, our year round office manager, is also a graduate of Northland College and a top notch academician. She keeps our systems running fluidly with a keen eye to detail. Her love of fishing keeps her close to the streams and on the ice in the winter. Multiple brass instruments, piano, and guitar make up her diverse musical repertoire.
Brian Castillo
Brian Castillo

Brian is our head senior guide and oversees our intern training program. An avid white water paddler, he brings a robust spirit to the entire staff. Winters take Brian to Park City, Utah where he directs the ski program for people with disabilities; he puts a lot of vets out on the snow. Oh yeah, also a Northland graduate!

 

ALL THE OTHERS

In the summer besides our management team, we employ around 30 other staff that cover positions across all departments: kitchen, office, guides, boat house & field operations. Check out our photo collage for past and present Living Adventure staff.