Our Place & People


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/


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


Click for a 3 minute YouTube video on Living Adventure Trips and Facility



Living 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

Grant taught at Northland College for many years and with an emeritus status moved on to direct the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute. He worked as Operations Director at Camp Manito-wish YMCA near Minoqua, WI until October, 2017. 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.

Following 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.


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 (updates on 2018 management team & staff coming soon!)

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. She is an avid skiier, and helps with racing and ski patrolling at Spirit Mountain in Duluth, MN. Multiple brass instruments, piano, and guitar make up her diverse musical repertoire.

Brian Castillo
Brian is our general manager, head senior guide and coach 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. You will also find him riding hard on a mountain bike across the country in the snow, trails and back at home in the northern Wisconsin woodlands.


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. To meet our 2017 Summer Staff – check out this video linked from our Face Book Page:


and a video introducing our 2016 Summer Staff: