In 1994, a second generation islander named Johannes founded Crystal Seas Inc. at the young age of 19 and began offering premier kayak tours in the San Juan Islands. In 2000, after requests from guests and our passionate team of outdoor enthusiasts, Crystal Seas Kayaking / Crystal Seas Inc. established the TerraTrek brand to offer bicycle and multi-sport vacations in the San Juan Islands with a "locals perspective". In 2008, we expanded our island family with San Juan Excursions Whale Watch/Wildlife Cruises; to create the perfect blend of activities on land and at sea. On all of our TerraTrek Vacations a kayak tour or whale watch cruise is included at no additional charge. (Please check out our many fantastic reviews online which can be found under our parent company Crystal Seas / Crystal Seas Kayaking).
We feel that our staff greatly reflects on our company and simply spoken, our staff is fantastic. We know what we do inside and out and it shows; from the exquisite meals that we prepare throughout our TerraTrek camping expeditions to accommodating a TerraTrek Inn guest whose travel plans have gone awry.
Our staff consists of friendly outdoor enthusiasts, each one bringing a unique flavor to the team. Many of our employees are college graduates with majors in the sciences, outdoor education and tourism. Of course, they all share a passion for recreation and travel. We seek out only the best, most qualified individuals who display the same leadership, integrity and enthusiasm upon which our company was founded. Many of our guides return year after year and we see this as a reflection of our wonderful team, tours and company. We feel it is important to hire local staff and to give back to the community through donations, supporting our schools and sports programs, supporting wildlife programs, local farmers and just helping out folks in need. The TerraTrek staff is a big family who love to work hard and play hard. Our guides are the heartbeat of TerraTrek and we could not have a better team of committed and enthusiastic people.
Founder/Owner - Johannes grew up on San Juan Island and has been bicycling the San Juan Islands since he was five years old. In 2000, he and Angie (wife) started TerraTrek Bicycle Vacations to offer guests a first class bicycle vacation with a "locals perspective" of the San Juan Islands. Today, you can find Johannes on the phone planning vacations with our guests and making sure every trip meets the highest quality imaginable. Mail keeps pouring into the office addressed to Johannes, reminding us of how ‘top rate’ TerraTrek has become. Johannes is active in our community; serving on the San Juan Island Parks Commission, and served many years on the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee and coached high school boys soccer and high school girls volleyball teams. He is also active with the San Juan Island Kayak Association and the Pacific Whale Watch Operators Association. Johannes enjoys cycling, swimming, kayaking, snow boarding, and kite boarding.
Office Manager/Owner - Angie grew up in the San Juan Islands and has cycled nearly every road on San Juan Island. She loves living here because of all the wildlife she gets to see just on a simple bicycle ride to town. Angie is the person who plans your vacation details once you are booked and makes sure the guides are prepared for your group. It is important to her that guests experience the best of everything; food, accommodations, routes, gear, and awesome guides. She loves to explore new places and enjoys bicycle adventures wherever she can. She is happiest though when volunteering for a community cause or working to preserve wild animals and their land. Besides raising awareness for local wildlife preservation, she has volunteered with her husband in Mexico (sea turtle preservation), South Africa (wildlife and land preservation), and Thailand (elephant preservation). She is the friendly face at our Office/T-Shirt Shop in Friday Harbor. She'll help you choose which tour is best for you through e-mail and phone calls and give you advice for your vacation.
(Started in 2006) - Operations Manager - Carrie is the behind the scenes person who makes sure everything is running perfectly while you are on your trip. She is in charge of making sure our gear is in good working condition and that your guides have the support they need. You may eat some of her famous homemade pesto during a picnic lunch. Carrie grew up exploring the woods, back roads, and shorelines of Maine. She is an avid cyclist and spent many months cycling New Zealand and Australia as well as rafting the Grand Canyon and hiking the Southern United States. She became a registered Maine Sea Kayaking Guide in 2004. When Carrie is not biking or kayaking, you might find her in the Cascades skiing or rafting, attending a yoga class, or trail running. Most importantly, Carrie is an amazing mother. She is a recreation and outdoor enthusiast who enjoys sharing her love for outdoor recreation with her daughter and husband. She and her beautiful family live on San Juan Island.
(Started in 2009) - Albert is a 7th generation San Juan Islander and a seasoned bicycle guide and naturalist. After finishing his undergraduate degree in ecological design and engineering at Western Washington University, Albert continued traveling the world--a passion he cultivated via study abroad programs during college. Most of his life, he's spent as much time outdoors as in, and has a contagious curiosity for nature, people and culture. Aside from cycle and kayaking, Albert explores running, yoga, hiking, backpacking, climbing, meditation, design, cooking, gardening and, of course, traveling. He looks forward to spending time with you making you outrageously delicious lunches, too.
(Started in 2014) - Hannah grew up in rural Missouri, exploring the forests and rivers of the Ozarks. She graduated from St. Louis University with degrees in Biology and Public Health; and has a love for whitewater kayaking, outdoor adventure, cycling, and teaching. Since then, she’s worked with youth in the outdoors, as well as served as a bicycle and kayak guide/naturalist. Most recently as a crew member aboard the schooner Dirigo II on their travels to and from Baja Mexico. She is passionate about the outdoors, conservation, adventure, art, baking, running, and would love to share her knowledge and love of the San Juan Islands with you! She calls San Juan Island her home.
(Started in 2014) - Brett Paul is a San Juan Island native, 6th generation to be exact! He got his first road bike when he was in 9th grade and has ridden over 1000 miles right here in the San Juans! Some of his fondest memories of growing up right here on San Juan are those of him trying to keep up with his older brother on Saturday morning cycles. He left the island and studied Mechanical Engineering at Gonzaga University while bike guiding for TerraTrek each summer in between his college years. Upon graduating from Gonzaga, Brett went to Asia where he trekked through the Annapurna region of the Himalayas, taught 3rd and 4th grade in India, and scuba dove for a month and a half in Thailand and Indonesia. His love for San Juan Island brought him back where he now works as an engineer for a local Aerospace company. When he is not in the office nerding out, you will find him on a road bike guiding for TerraTrek because of his love for the islands and being outdoors.
(Started in 2015) – Casey always has a blast on outdoor trips. Born and raised on San Juan Island, he has a natural interest in the amazing wildlife and outdoor potential of the area. After receiving his degree in Outdoor Recreating and Leadership from Colorado Mountain College, Casey has tried to spend as much time as possible in the outdoors. Skiing in Alaska, rock climbing in deserts of the Southwest, and biking in the San Juan’s are some of Casey’s favorite actives and locations.
(Started in 2015) - Krista's love for the outdoors began in the adventurous town of Bellingham, WA where she was born. She graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Outdoor Recreation, and has since been pursuing skills in kayaking, rock and ice climbing, backpacking, rafting, backcountry snowboarding, mountain biking, road cycling, and any new activities that comes her way. She has a variety of experience working with youth, people with disabilities, and also guiding mountain treks in the Andes of Ecuador. In the winter, Krista is found cooking for the employees of Mt. Baker Ski Area. She's always up for good conversation on long or short paddles, so don't be afraid to ask questions!
(Started in 2016) Cassidy grew up on San Juan Island fishing and kayaking with his dad on the west side of San Juan Island. He loves to be in the mountains either skiing in the winter, or bicycling and hiking in the summer. Some of his most memorable hikes have been to Peru where he hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Cassidy has also been to the Grand Canyon National Park where he hiked along the Colorado river. He is currently studying mechanical engineering at the University of Washington with an interest in renewable energy resources.
(Started in 2016) Sam grew up on San Juan Island and loves being part of such a small town community. A few of his favorite island activities include crabbing, fishing, sailing, kayaking, hiking, and biking. In the winter he loves to ski in the nearby Cascade Mountains. Besides being outdoors, Sam enjoys meeting new people, traveling and learning. He is currently majoring in Biochemistry at Gonzaga University in Spokane but returns home every summer to guide tours and play. Sam's love for travel has taken him off the rock to many countries in Europe and South America. He walked the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage that traverses over 400 miles of northern Spain ending in Santiago de Compostela. Ask him about it and he will go on forever, so tread lightly. He can't wait to get to know you and spend some time either on the water or on a bike.
(Started in 2016) - Fie considers herself a Washington native even though she has roots planted in many places around the world. She spent her early years on the move, living abroad and traveling with her family, this is where her love for nature, adventure and travel started. She continued to pursue her passion in school and received a degree in outdoor recreation and ecotourism. She has also worked with a handful of outdoor based non-profits, both domestically and internationally. She is madly in love with the outdoors and hopes to dedicate her life to teaching people about the exponential benefits of the natural world. Fie also loves trails and you will most likely find her building, riding, running or hiking them!
Iris first came to the San Juan Islands with just a bike, two panniers and a love for places off the beaten path. The following summer she joined the Crystal Seas team to offer her skills as a naturalist and guide. She has been a seeker of adventure for as long as she can remember. Iris has adventured by bike, kayak and foot in some of the worlds most wild and beautiful places including the mountains of Patagonia, the seas of Papua and the volcanoes of Central America. She enjoys connecting guests with the incredible biodiversity, history and beauty of the San Juan Islands. When Iris is not on the water or backpacking in the mountains, she is studying the fascinating world of Molecular Biology at the Evergreen State College. She also has a passion for community service and leads nature connection trips for young women on Bainbridge Island. Her favorite creature of the San Juan's is the pigeon guillemot which can be spotted doing hilarious bellyflops on 95% of the trips she leads.
Brooke grew up spending her time in the forests and lakes of Michigan. She credits her adventurous lifestyle to a 15 day bike tour she took on the west side of Michigan when she was 13. Since then she has explored many outdoor activities, become passionate about rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, and bike tours. She graduated from Central Michigan University in 2015 with a degree in Outdoor Recreation and Environmental Science. After graduating, she spent a year in Colorado working with youth and their families in the outdoors, inspiring environmental stewardship and sustainability through natural science education. She then took that mentality to Duluth, Minnesota where Lake Superior and the many mountain bike trails provided a perfect playground to kayak and bike. Since moving to Washington, she has fallen for the San Juan Islands, the Salish Sea, and the wildlife that call it their home.