An abbreviated blurb about the two of us, Wilber, Maren, and Trevor.
Shaun and Casey
Since meeting 10 years ago during a canoe-education program on a river in Queensland, Australia, Shaun and Casey have truly embraced life and companionship…and the challenges that come along with it.
They are artists in their own right, and their chosen medium is the journey of life itself.
Some of their adventures together have included crossing the Andes on horseback along forgotten centuries-old smuggler’s trails, helping to build a house from scratch, leading a group of sixty Year-10 students on a week-long backpacking trip to Havasupai Falls, Grand Canyon, with only 3 days notice, pirating an abandoned boat and breathing life back into it, starting and running their own canoe, kayak, and outdoor education business, and so much more.
Born and raised in Queensland, Australia, warm-weather and salt water run through Shaun’s blood. Earlier in life he wore many hats, including working as a mechanic in the Royal Australia Air Force (RAAF), and stockman (cowboy) in the outback.
Inspired to live life to the fullest by the children he was working with, at the age of 30 he built his first plywood sea kayak. Shortly after he completed a 2,000km (4 month) journey from Southport to Cairns to help raise awareness for Queensland-based charity Children’s Leukemia and Cancer Society (now Childhood Cancer Support).
Journey on the sea became his passion. Instructing others in the arts of canoe, kayak, and outdoor education became his profession.
Born and raised in the USA, Casey has lived in many states, not to mention countries, and experienced many walks of life. Her out-of-doors passion was developed, from age one, in the Rocky Mountains – skiing its magnificent powdery slopes. The holistic benefits of living in a wilderness setting became a focus of interest for her much later in life, while working in a wilderness therapy program for ‘at risk’ youth at the Aspen Achievement Academy, Utah.
A qualified schoolteacher with a Masters Degree in Outdoor Education, plus time spent traveling, learning and teaching in over 20 countries, Casey has a unique understanding of different cultures, ways of life and most importantly, the individual nature of the learning process.
Journey anywhere is Casey’s driving passion and inspiration through presentation her new adventure.
Our boat, Wilber, is an ethnic Polynesian-styled sailing outrigger canoe, 21ft (6.4m) long and made of plywood. He gets along using a traditional crab-claw sail and when there is no wind, relies on our muscles with paddles.
We built him, sails and all, in a spare bedroom (because there was snow outside) at Casey’s parents’ house in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. Thank you, Mummy and Daddy!
Born and raised in Norway, Maren is a soon to be first-time mum. Would you believe, from different parts of the globe, she and Casey arrived in Australia on the very same day in 2003? Then, after a bus ride together, were placed in temporary university housing across the hall from each other? They became close friends immersed in a new culture together, and shared a flat while studying in Brisbane.
After 3 years of hard work, Maren returned to Norway with extremely heavy luggage and a Bachelor of Film and TV Production. She worked on several film productions in Norway, but in recent years has put her creativity to work in different fields; writing, taking photos, knitting, and crocheting.
She loves to travel, and feels very fortunate to be able to experience different countries, cultures, people, ways of living, landscapes, … her list goes on. Above all, she loves spending time with family, friends, and her droopy-eyed basset hound, Franz.
In addition to her technical knowledge, and invaluable creative input, she’ll be helping us with our communications while we’re out of touch.
Trevor is a film guy. For many years, he’s worked in a variety of capacities on a variety of productions, but at the moment he’s the owner of WooHoo Productions and founder of Aerial 51 in New Mexico. When we called to tell him what we were doing and asked if there was any way we could rent one of his GoPro cameras, he showed up with a bunch of gear, including pelican cases!
Thanks to him, we’re better equipped to bring you a quality experience.
He’s at a point of evolution in his career too, looking to move into the producer’s chair. We’re happy he’s coming with us.