Howler Dispatch: 2017 Privateers Sign Off

Posted on September 18, 2017

Salt Lake City is a hub for outdoor activities and being there for OR was a perfect chance for us to see and participate in these activities first hand. We were stoked to finally make it out west and to get into some wild adventures in the Rocky Mountains.  The first thing we did after the tradeshow was meet up with Jonathan Jones and Dalton Smith for some camping and fishing in the Wasatch National Forest right outside of SLC. During that night we realized how great of decision we had made to quit our full time jobs and to embark on this adventure as Howler Privateers. We know that we will forever strive to create lives that are engulfed in this community.

With new revelations and a high from our recent adventure we had a quick stop in Jackson and then made our way over to the Tetons into Victor, ID for the charity fishing event, “Casting 4 A Cure.”  It was a humbling experience seeing everyone come together and support each other over this disease that affects so many families. We did not place first in the fishing competition but by meeting all these great people and being a part of the event, I think we both left with something far better than any trophy.  We encourage you to find out more about Rhett Syndrome at Rhettsyndrome.org.

For the final leg of our trip, we decided that we would make our way home to Austin, TX via the west Coast. We drove through Nevada and into the great state of California. Our first night there was spent in Yosemite National Park, where we backpacked to Young Lakes for some subalpine lake fishing. This has become one of our newfound passions. It truly is a wonderful experience having a lake full of non-pressured fish all to yourself. The next day we hiked out of Yosemite and set off to San Francisco for some coastal breeze and great food. 

After driving down the coast, we made it to the Kameron Brown’s pad in San Clemente where we immediately jumped in the car and headed to his favorite surf spot, San Onofre. It was great to finally be able to get out on the water and do some real surfing with a real awesome surfer. Thank you for housing us up, giving us the surf 101, and showing us a fun time, Kameron!

Now that our journey has come to an end, we reminisce on the times that we’ve had and the awesome people that we’ve met. A lot of what we’ve learned on this 3 month trip was from being thrown into unpredictable and unfamiliar situations. It’s about the people you surround yourself with and the attitude that you carry throughout life. We were fortunate enough to have made some lasting friendships with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts, and we have learned to always stay positive when things get tough. Mostly fun and a little bit of work is how we would describe the Howler Privateer program, and we are forever grateful to everyone that made that little bit of work, a lot of fun. Cheers to everyone and we are excited to see what next year has to offer the new privateers. Thank you!