Coeur d'Alene, ID Staff Bios
Growing up, Rachel was surrounded by adventure as both a livelihood and a way of life. The daughter of two working artists, she traveled around the world with her family to see national parks, monuments, historical exhibits, galleries and museums, and even to visit art villages in Mexico, as well as the homes of other artists in Europe.
Whether it was exploring the back country of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, or living abroad in Italy for 6+ years, her passion has always been the travel experience. Closely tied to travel, she also loves art, culture, foreign language, and International law regarding cultural property across borders.
As an Adventure Consultant with ROW Sea Kayak Adventures, Rachel gets to combine her passions with the amazing world of nature, wildlife, and the outdoors, while kayaking in some of the most beautiful places in the world. She loves working with our guests to help them create unique, once in a lifetime memories and travel experiences, and has an infectious excitement for life, a passion for people, and an appreciation for the many ways we all come together in this great big world.
Outside of work, Rachel volunteers with a local non-profit organizing youth art workshops, exercises her green thumb, geeks out over wine and cooking, and spends time with her puppy, family and friends.
Destination Specialties: Baja, Corsica, Croatia, Scotland, British Columbia
Favorite Trip: God's Pocket Kayaking
Originally from the Midwest, Stephanie grew up taking trips with her family to the mountains of Montana and Wyoming where she developed an insatiable love for the outdoors. She found her desire for travel as a young adult and has since traveled through Europe, Latin America and Canada, as well as throughout much of the western US. Ten years ago she moved out to the Pacific Northwest in search of new mountains and adventures.
There she graduated from Portland State University and focused her studies on marine biology, environmental conservation, and geology. After graduating, she jumped into the adventure and outdoor Industry and has never looked back. Her favorite activities include cycling, backpacking, and mountaineering, and more recently she has taken an interest in paddling and skiing. If it involves the outdoors, she wants to try it!
Stephanie recently relocated to Spokane, Washington and loves all the fresh scenery in her new home. She is excited to keep exploring the world, and couldn’t be happier to share her enthusiasm for travel and adventure with our guests and Cuba Unbound!
Destination Specialties: Cuba
Favorite Trip: Cuba Unbound Signature Tour
Taynea Petrie was born and raised mostly in the Pacific Northwest. Taynea is happyily married with two very active girls ages two and eleven. As a family they try to spend as much time outdoors as possible, exploring the beautiful recreation opportunities the greater Coeur d' Alene area provides. Some of their favorite family activies include hiking, swimiming, biking and an occasional picnic to relax and cloud watch!
Taynea supports our Sea Kayak Adventures division, handling administrative and customer suport functions. She always has a sharp wit and a positive attitude that her co-workers greatly enjoy!
Specialty: Office cheer
Favorite Trip: Kayaking and Whale Watching Combo: LaPaz
Prior to joining the ROW family, Wesley worked as a rafting and canoe guide in Alaska, and logged countless hours exploring the mountains and forests of the Pacific Northwest. After receiving his bachelor's degree in Portland, he moved to South Africa to continue his education at the University of Cape Town where he was active in the UCT Mountain and Ski Club.
Wesley is passionate about international travel and the outdoors, having visited 19 countries and counting. He has enjoyed several life changing experiences abroad, including trekking in the Himalayas, camping and snorkeling on uninhabited islands in the Philippines, and SCUBA diving off the coast of Mozambique. His favorite part about being an Adventure Consultant with ROW/Adventure Unbound is having the opportunity to share the transformative power of travel and the outdoors with all our valued guests.