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 - 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 top 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 and became a registered bike mechanic in 2018. Most importantly, Carrie is an amazing mother. She is a recreation and outdoor enthusiast who enjoys sharing her love for outdoor recreation with her 2 daughters and husband. She and her beautiful family live call San Juan Island 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) 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.
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.
Emily grew up in the pine forests and freshwater lakes of Eastern Washington, where summer consisted of endless camping, canoeing, and huckleberry picking along the trail with her family. She moved out to the coast to attend the University of Washington, when she first came to the islands on marine biology field studies. In 2015, she graduated with an Environmental Science and Resource Management degree, and a minor in Global Health. These passions lead Emily abroad for an entire year where she sought a fresh perspective in culture, food, travel, and ultimately in adventure. As an outdoor enthusiast she loves to seek new recreation, whether it is biking in Ireland, diving in Malaysia, climbing in Vietnam, or kayaking the beautiful Salish Sea around San Juan Island. On her off days you can find Emily biking around the island in preparation for an upcoming bike tour in Greece, or trying to find the perfect place to read a book by the ocean.
Having been raised in Friday Harbor, Michael loves coming back in the summers to lead bike trips around the islands. Growing up he spent a lot of time biking San Juan and knows the roads like the back of his hand. In the off-season, Michael attends Gonzaga University to study engineering. He enjoys taking breaks from his school work to go hiking, skiing, camping, and anything else that can get him outside. Some of his favorite experiences include backpacking in the Grand Canyon and the semester he spent abroad in Florence, Italy. As a guide Michael is able to share his personal knowledge and experience of having lived in this area with his guests, and doing so brings a smile to his face!
Jess calls Alaska and the Pacific Northwest home, having been drawn back to her roots post-graduation from SUNY-ESF in Syracuse, New York. She has been an avid outdoorswoman, delving into flatwater and whitewater paddling, climbing, caving, skiing, cycling, and backpacking throughout her youth and college years. With a Bachelor of Science in Conservation Biology, Jess has found the perfect fit here in the sun-kissed San Juan Islands, spending most days on or in the crisp water, sharing her passion for biology. Aside from recreation, her most recent endeavors have included studying fuel-efficient stoves in Tanzania and classifying new fungi in the Andean rainforests of Ecuador. She hopes to one day combine biology with her environmental policy and communications experience to pursue law and improve future environmental policies. She's excited to meet you and guide you on your exploration of this amazing archipelago!
(Started in 2018) - Mariah spent her youth hiking, biking, skiing, fishing, kayaking, horseback riding, and exploring the wilderness of Colorado. Growing up on a farm near Grand Junction fostered her love of animals and the outdoors, but she was frustratingly out of reach of her true passion: the ocean. In 2015, she moved to Bellingham, WA and began her Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology at Western Washington University. Mariah quickly fell in love with the Pacific Northwest, and excitedly used her college resources to study the life of the Salish Sea from seagrass to seals. She received her Marine Naturalist training at Friday Harbor's Whale Museum in the spring of 2018, immediately prior to spending her first summer as a kayak guide with Crystal Seas. A whale fanatic, Mariah can't wait to introduce you to the names and stories of the local Orcas, as well as all of the flora and fauna that make the Salish Sea so special.