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Meet the staff of OPR!

Ellie Alexander

 

Hometown: Yakima, WA.

Favorite outdoor activity: paddle boarding and fishing.

Favorite quote: "Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing"- Camille Pissarro

Most memorable moment with mother nature: Probably the time when time I did a night hike on a full moon up Chinook Pass called the Naches Loop. Mount Rainier was gorgeous and I was so shocked by the amount of scenery that was visible.

Dream job: would be to teach little kiddos around the grades 3-5.

Where do I see myself in 50 years: I see myself realistically still paddle boarding, reading books like mad, and camping every summer.
   

 

Ava Barabasz

Hometown: Kingston, WA

Favorite Outdoor Activity: hiking, paddle boarding, Disc-golf!

Favorite quote: "Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of our desire to understand." Neil Armstrong

Most memorable experience with mother nature:  So many to choose from! One that stands out as a history and anthropology student though is hiking along Hadrian's Wall in the UK.

Dream job: archaeologist doing digs in South America

Where do you see yourself in 50 years:  still exploring the world

 

Jackson Bourne

Hometown: Issaquah, WA

Favorite Activity: Backpacking

Favorite Quote: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!” – Hunter S. Thompson

Most memorable activity: Backpacking on the Loowit Trail around Mount St. Helens

Dream Job: Flight Nurse


Where do I see myself in 50 years: Living in a sprinter van traveling around North and South America

 

 

Aleah Bradfield

Hometown: Selah, WA

Favorite outdoor activity: Floating the river with friends.

Favorite quote: “Follow your dreams”.

Most memorable experience with Mother Nature: Hiking to Joffre lakes in Canada and swimming in the turquoise water.

Dream job: Being an EMT in Cle Elum, WA

Where do I see myself in 50 years? Hopefully retired, traveling to different countries.

 

Kyle Campbell

Hometown: Graham, Wa

Favorite outdoor activity: Snowboarding

Favorite Quote: "Life ain’t about how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward, that's how winning is done." -Rocky Balboa

Most memorable experience with mother nature: Seeing the sun rise from the middle of the ocean while fishing in Alaska.

Dream Job: Working as a mechanical engineer for a car company.

In 50 years: Having a high up position for a company and going on adventures with my friends/ family.

 

Eric Malla

Hometown: Redmond, WA

Favorite outdoor activity: Backpacking

Favorite quote: "If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough" (Muhammad Ali).

Most memorable experience with mother nature: When I went backpacking for 2 weeks in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of the Rocky Mountains in New Mexico with my dad.

Dream job: To be a flight paramedic, there's no better and more rewarding job in the world.

In 50 years: I see myself still being active in the outdoors, hopefully being a teacher and teaching future paramedics, still living in Washington, and enjoying time with my family while telling stories about my life!

 

Ryan Moran

Hometown: Ellensburg, WA

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Mountain Biking

Favorite Quote: "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." (Theodore Roosevelt, 1910)

Most memorable experience with mother nature: Everytime gravity reintroduces me to the ground.

Dream job: Man in a van down by the river

Where do you see yourself in 50 years: In a van down by the river...

 

Tonya Morrey

Hometown: Morrison, Colorado                         

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Backpacking, skiing and rafting

Favorite Quote: "It is not your aptitude, but your attitude, that determines your altitude."        

Most memorable experience with mother nature: A two week back packing trip in the deseret of Arizona. We got to rock climb, explore an abandoned copper mine and do a 36 hour solo out in the wilderness!

Dream job: Environmental Activist

Where do you see yourself in 50 years: Still sharing my passion for the outdoors with other people.

Alaina Thomas

Hometown: Vancouver, Wa

Favorite outdoor activity: Snowboarding

Favorite quote: "My hair is so big because it's full of secrets."

Most memorable experience with mother nature: white water rafting

Dream Job: Horse Trainer

Where do you see yourself in 50 years: retired living on a farm with lots of grandkids

 

 

Bradley Gasawski

Hometown: Troy, Illinois

Position: Outdoor Pursuits & Rentals Coordinator (a.k.a. Fearless Leader)

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Telemark Skiing

Favorite Quote: "If you think you can, or you think you can't. You're right." - Henry Ford

Most memorable experience with Mother Nature: Riding my bicycle down the Pacific Coast Highway from Canada to Mexico.

Dream job: I would like to own my own mountain and run a ski resort.

Where do you see yourself in 50 years: Hopefully I can still ski in 50 years!


 

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