Go Wild: American Adventures really began my freshman year at Lewis & Clark College. I told people I lived in Eastern Oregon and they said, "Where? Bend?" No, farther east, the real east, where there are more cows than people, where a traffic jam means waiting at a stop sign longer than 30 seconds. I began taking friends home, friends from the city, and many friends from overseas, from Tokyo, Japan, from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Every time it was the same- we would get out of the car after the five hour drive from Portland, look up at the starry sky, and mouths would drop. The more I explored the mountains in my own backyard, the more I realized, yes, this is something worth sharing. And so, Go Wild was born.
Our mission hasn't really changed much since those first nights in my driveway. Through partnerships with universities and local agricultural tourism operators, Go Wild: American Adventures seeks to: foster enthusiasm for the outdoors and the rural lifestyle, enliven the local community, and above all, have a wild good time.
PAT. chef extraordinaire | guide
From an early age, Pat sought fulfillment from the great outdoors. Now, returning to eastern Oregon after exploring other parts of the world, he is excited to help others discover his childhood playground. After dropping out of culinary school, Pat completed a degree in human physiology from University of Oregon. Pat still loves to cook, especially when it involves a campfire, fresh morels, and a bottle of wine.
After backpacking across Europe, circumnavigating Korea by bicycle, and an array of other international adventures, Dan decided to bring the adventuring to his home turf. He has worked for the U.S. Forest Service as an ecology technician, as a trip leader at the international language program of his alma mater, Lewis & Clark, and as a journalist in Korea. "Go Wild isn't just a business, it's a way of life"