The Barrel Raft Boys

Welcome to our journey. We are the modern day Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, building a freedom raft to adventure on our own, to float down the longest river in America with our trusty companion, Cpt. Skully.



From a young age I had a knack for assembling new devices and being resourceful, as well a passion to explore the outdoors. Since moving out to discover Colorado and explore the outdoors to satisfy my desire to connect with nature. Living with a flow philosophy on life, a full awareness and harmony of living in the moment. I’m hoping this barrel raft, mother nature and my great friend Rob will help guide me down the Mighty Mississippi. I can’t think of anything better than to disconnect, unplug from normal life and go with the flow.




I love adventure and have always found amusement
in seeking the unknown. My parents helped feed my hunger for exploration though trips around the country and camping since day 1, bestowing a sense of love for the wilderness and detachment from the modern world. Today I work a full time job, and live in Minneapolis with my two boys, Tux and Skully. This raft trip will challenge my body and mind, satisfying the part of me which yearns to be free and self-reliant, putting to the test my ingenuity, resourcefulness, patience and fishing skills, although I will have to rely on Tanners’ navigational skills to make sure we are headed in the right direction.



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I’m 2 years old, and freaking LOVE STUFF! Just about everything is my favorite. Dad says I’m special and takes me on all sorts of cool adventures. My brother says I sink because I’m fat, but Dad tells me I’m big boned so I’ll have to wear a life jacket on our boat ride. I hope its blue! People say I’m pretty patient, but I actually just fall asleep a lot. CAN’T WAIT TO PLAY PIRATES!






To Risk

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out is to risk involvement,
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return,
To live is to risk dying,
To hope is to risk despair,
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing.

– William Arthur Ward (1921-1994)

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

– Mark Twain