Dan has done a lot of
adventure traveling over the years. As a youngster he spent a lot of
time camping around Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Canada. Before
Dan developed a serious allergy to snow, he spent many days and nights
cross country skiing and camping in the Minnesota winters -
sometimes at more than 25 below zero.
He developed a love of
traveling early on and has been to over 50 countries and conducted
business in most of Western Europe, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Taiwan,
Hong Kong, Korea, Columbia, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Honduras and
of course the US.
He developed a love of rivers at an early age as well with
frequent canoeing trips down the Root and Zumbro Rivers in
Minnesota. Dan switched to kayaks and rafts in the early 80's and
became an accomplished river guide with 200+ commercial trips thru
class 5 rivers and countless other trips in Washington, Oregon,
Idaho, California, Utah, Colorado and British Columbia
Canada. In the late 80's Dan partnered with one of his rafting
buddies, Wayde Ferguson, and purchased an expedition company in
Idaho to run the Main Salmon River - Eclipse Expeditions ran 5 and 6
day trips down the 'River of No Return' during the summers and did
their best to convince others to go with them down to Costa Rica,
Honduras, and Belize in the winters.
He also developed a passion for "all things mechanical" a little too early - he took everything
in the house apart (much to the dismay of Mom) and usually put it
back together. Sometimes there were a few parts left over but the
thing usually worked just fine when he was done. He quickly moved on
to riding mini-bikes, motorcycles, go carts, and when he could drive,
to cars, dune buggies and other things with wheels and engines. He
is an accomplished mechanic and all around "bodger" (as the Brits
are fond of saying - in the US it might be referred to as
Dan's been an entrepreneur since an early
age - at about 12 years old after saving money earned working on a
farm, he managed to purchase a welder from the local Farm and Home
store to start a little welding business only to find out that
spending $88.12 on the welder didn't necessarily mean it would just
"plug in" at home. After Dad bribed an electrician buddy (a bottle
of Scotch) to wire the welder up, he was in business. Since that
time, Dan has always had some business venture to keep him busy.
His last venture was MicroCrafts which was a software consulting
firm with over 100 employees - it was sold to Metamor Worldwide with
the sale completing in 2000.
He is currently on the board of directors of several high tech
firms, a couple non-profits, and he retains positions in several
privately held companies in Seattle, California and England.
John is no slacker
when it comes to traveling - his preferred mode of transport is the
motorcycle. Be it an off-road bike, a big touring cruiser, or a lean
mean crotch rocket, John loves them all. He's spent 10+ years racing
everything from older twin bikes to road racers and lately some kind
of hybrid dirt/street bikes.
He's a very accomplished
mechanic having built and/or worked on almost all of his racing
bikes. He knows his way around a car too - although he has been
taking his time with a little Porsche restoration in his garage
(it's been 3 years now with the only thing being restored is the
dust after it gets wiped off the body??).
John earns his money as an independent service technician for
graphic arts/typesetting equipment. He's had his own business for
nearly 20 years and has survived all the shakeouts in the industry
because he's good at what he does and offers customers a great
service at a reasonable price.
John is also an experienced wood worker - one of his
past lives he did a lot of restoration work
on authentic French antique furniture. The fellow he
worked for would go to France and buy up container loads
of furniture in various states of repair, ship them back
to Portland and John would put the puzzle back together
and make them beautiful again.
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