They are the original river rug rats having grown up in the wake of ARTA’s storied founder Lou. They were there when the first rafts were inflated; there when the first guests asked how deep the water was; there when the first trucks caught on fire. Joanne fell in love with the rivers and lakes of Minnesota then taught alternative High School students how to fall in love with them too. Rob was drawn to Arizona and eventually made a living in the Grand Canyon. They have honored and benefited from their inherited sense of adventure and they have never forgotten their familial passion for wild places and peaceful sanctuaries. They now live in Flagstaff and Santa Fe respectively; but they are always most at home on the river.