It took one view of the mountains and the water to propel Eddie’s journey from his childhood in big city Chicago to, eventually, a life near the Deschutes in Bend. It was 1969 and he was driving to his new home in the Seattle area, his last duty station in the Air Force. That first sight of the Cascades and Puget Sound convinced him he would be back.
Returning to Chicago to complete his college years, Eddie relocated back to Seattle and over the next 35 years, the outdoors captured his heart, beckoning in every season – mountain climbing, sailing, skiing, cycling. Toward the end of a long career in technology-laden businesses (he clearly remembers the start of the Internet), he knew it was time to give back to the outdoors. He spent several years volunteering with the Seattle Mountaineers as a hike leader and maintaining trails for the Washington Trail Association.
When he retired to Bend in 2014, a fateful hike with Gail Snyder opened his eyes to the needs of the Deschutes. He looks forward to seeing the river run freely again…like it did before the Internet!