|Always risk-averse, Ellen was more comfortable in water than on land. Don's never-ending quest for adventure didn't include being cold in the water. In the 70s we rented and paddled rowboats with our children. By 1981 we were racing our canoe and whitewater rafting on vacations. Being on the water together met our differing needs and led to adventures around the world. After 16 organized trips with outfitters, we've already committed to our next two international kayaking trips even as we continue to travel the US looking for new water to play in. Our paddling inspires our work as glass artists and Ellen's writing and poetry. We even had our 50th anniversary photos taken in full wedding attire in our kayaks!