Meet Adventure Unbound's experts who strive to make each adventure enriching, life-changing, and--of course--unbound.
Peter Grubb & Betsy Bowen
Peter founded ROW back in 1979, after discovering river running on the East Coast. He attended St. John's in Annapolis, MD and has traveled throughout the world. His studies in the "Great Books," mythology, and western civilization led him to Turkey, where he led ROW's tours for over a decade. Certified by the National Association of Interpretation as a Certified Interpretation Guide, Peter also completed certification in 2004 to train other guides in the art of cultural and natural history interpretation. He also speaks French and plays the guitar. He lives with his wife Betsy Bowen and has two kids, Mariah and Jonah, who are now out of the house making their own adventures around the world.
Co-founder of ROW, Betsy has safely made the transition from expert kayaker and skier to the challenging world of motherhood. A favorite among guides, she led ROW trips in Idaho and Turkey prior to the birth of her daughter Mariah (born 1991) and Jonah (born 1993). Betsy is a talented potter and when not caring for her children, she loves working in her studio.
Although Peter and Betsy do not work in the day-to-day much these days at the ROW Family of Companies (ROW Adventures, Adventure Unbound, Sea Kayak Adventures) -- they still are a wealth of knowledge, experience, and most importantly, care and support to the rest of the team.
Director of Operations
Geoff arrived at ROW after nearly a decade of expedition guiding, snow safety, and remote operations management experience in Alaska. There, he learned that good things do happen to those who venture North in search of adventure (he met his wife within months of arriving). In pursuit of a greater understanding of the industry that had supported his passion for wild places, he completed a Master’s degree in Tourism Management at Colorado State University. Geoff’s greatest career accomplishment to date was overseeing the grand opening and operations of a successful remote eco-lodge in the heart of Kenai Fjords National Park. We’re excited to have his experienced perspective in the art of wilderness hospitality leading the operations at ROW.
Assistant Director Sales & Marketing
From Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, Michelle has found her home at ROW Adventures as our Assistant Director of Sales and Marketing. Graduating from Whitworth University with a Bachelor’s in Teaching and Kinesiology, Michelle forewent her dreams of teaching in lieu of opportunities in the outdoor recreation industry. For the past 10 years Michelle has focused her time and energy into roles that support outdoor recreation and travel. As a new Mom, Michelle has a renewed passion for this work; hoping to inspire the next generation to love, nurture and enjoy our outdoor spaces.
Michelle and her Family love new adventures, whether it’s exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest or discovering a new International destination, they’re happy when the scenery is new and unexpected. A few favorites are Acadia National Park, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Quebec City. Michelle is an avid sports fan, loves to cycle, and doesn’t take herself too seriously! If you run into her, she’s likely to have a smile on her face, a coffee in her hand and a few good books ready to go on her kindle app.
USA & Rivers Sales Manager
Born in 1964, raised in Santa Cruz, California. WW Rafting guide since 1989: CA, ID, MT. Moved to Idaho in 1993; joined ROW in 1994.
After spending 10 yrs in the high tech industry, Candy made a life altering change and became both a rafting guide and ski patroller. In her near 20 yrs with ROW, she has worked in the field guiding, evaluating, managing and traveling with ROW thus gaining first hand knowledge of all the ID, MT & OR rivers and many of the Int’l vacation experiences including the Galapagos Islands. Her friendly, outgoing personality as well as her expertise has made her succeed in the office overseeing sales, assisting guests by offering suggestions and solutions to ensure each person/family has the best time ever! Candy, along with her husband and two gilrs, are avid white water rafting enthusiasts. Together they have joined ROW on rivers all over the west.
International Sales Manager
Mogs is highly qualified as one of ROW's Adventure Consultants and International trip specialist because, if you have dreamed it, there is a good chance that Mogs has done it! From the first commercial decent of the White Nile in Uganda, to sky diving in New Zealand, to trekking the Golden Triangle in Thailand, to trucking across Iceland, and even wine tasting across Europe. One of her favorite childhood memories is fishing with her dad on Loch Glass in the Scottish Highlands and always catching the bigger fish. Mogs has a Law degree from Aberdeen but when she moved to Idaho she sought a more adventureous career. She resides in Coeur d'Alene Idaho with her husband and three dogs and doesn't let any moss grow under her feet. Mogs first went to the Galapagos on ROW's land-based sea kayaking trip in 2006, and has since been there regularly since, along with many other places in the world that ROW shares with our guests.
Emily grew up in the Pacific Northwest with a father who nurtured her love for the outdoors. She initially brought that passion to AU as a seasonal employee before coming on as an Adventure Consultant. Besides her contagious energy, Emily brings over 6 years of marketing experience to our company. When she’s not busy taking business classes at North Idaho College, Emily gets out into the sun by going camping, snowboarding, and rafting or having fun with karaoke, reading, and football.
Jason, a Coeur d’Alene, Idaho native, has grown up surrounded by nature and appreciating the different outdoor opportunities each of the Northwest’s four seasons has to offer. He earned a degree in physical education, outdoor program leadership, and health at the University of Idaho before coming on as an Adventure Consultant. Jason spends his free time backpacking through the wilderness, biking, hiking, snow skiing, on a motorcycle, or out on the water.
Stephanie grew up among the mountains and wilderness landscapes of Wyoming and Montana, where it was impossible not to love being outdoors. As a young adult, Stephanie found her wanderlust and has since traveled through Latin America, Europe, Canada, and much of the western U.S. She found her way to the Pacific Northwest about 10 years ago in search of new adventures, new trails, and new mountains. Stephanie graduated from Portland State University with emphases in marine biology, geology, and environmental conservations. She took that background and applied it to a career in the adventure and outdoor industry, and she has loved every minute of it. Now in Spokane, Washington, she loves sharing her passion for adventure and travel with AU guests. When she’s not exploring the world or planning new adventures, she’s mountaineering, backpacking, cycling, or trying her hand at skiing and paddling. If it’s active and outdoors, Stephanie’s game to give it a try.
As the daughter of two traveling artists, Rachel grew up in a world where adventure both inspired and sustained her family. With her family, she traveled around the world seeing curated art in monuments, galleries, museums, historical exhibitions, and national parks as well as dynamic art in action as she visited Mexican art villages and artists’ homes throughout Europe. Her passion for travel has led her to live abroad in Italy for over 6 years and explore the untrodden backcountry of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Her love for travel has also led her a passion for culture, art, foreign languages, and international law—especially regarding cultural property. Rachel, as an Adventure Consultant, combines her various adventurous passions with the unbound world of wildlife and nature she sees kayaking through some of the most beautiful places in the world. She especially loves creating unique, special travel experiences and memories for our guests—which she does with her eagerness to connect with people, zeal for life, and appreciation for the ties that bring people together across borders. When she’s not working, Rachel is working out her green thumb, enjoying the culinary pleasures of cooking and wine, volunteering at a local non-profit promoting youth art workshops, and spending time with her amazing puppy, friends, and family.
Cathy was drawn to the Pacific Northwest by her love of nature and outdoor adventure. A native Texan, she was captivated by Idaho's natural beauty, four seasons, and opportunity for year-round adventure. Cathy moved to Coeur d'Alene in 2010, where she enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, whitewater rafting, and fishing. Cathy is a white water rafting enthusiasts and is excited about all the adventures yet to come and the opportunities to share her passion for connecting our guests to life-expanding travel experiences. She spends her free time looking for new places to explore with her two dogs, Lola and Abby.
Janet was born and raised in Central California. In 1999 Janet and her Family followed her Parents to Northern Idaho and settled in Coeur d' Alene, where they have resided ever since. Janet has three wonderful children, four adorable grandchildren and 2 fur babies. She started working at ROW in March of 2000 on a part-time basis but has since become a full time member of the ROW Family. Janet is the glue that holds our team together, supporting multiple divisions with numerous administrative functions. When she's not at work Janet enjoys boating, gardening, fishing, crocheting and most of all spending time with her beloved grandchildren.
Mikayla was born and raised in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. She is currently pursuing her degree as a Medical Sonographer at the Community College of Spokane, hoping to one day specalizing the field of Pediatric Sonography. Mikayla has worked for ROW Adventures seasonally since 2012 and has recently moved to full-time as a member of our Accounting team, although she is kind of a jack of all trades around the office! When Mikayla is not at work you can find here enjoying outdoor activities, crafting, experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen and sharpening her green thumb in the garden! Mikayla has enjoyed her experiences at ROW and loves meeting people and experienceing cultures from around the globe.
A pillar of our office staff, Laurie does much of the behind-the-scenes work that is so critical to making every ROW trip a success. With over 20 years in the office she has a unique understanding of the industry and the adventures we run. Her experience and love of organization helps her excel in her role as Operations Administrator. When she came to ROW she professed a reluctance to go rafting; now she has explored many of our rivers and brings her family along too! Born and raised in North Idaho, she lives in Coeur d'Alene with her family.