Artist and naturalist Marcia Burns has lived in Arizona for over 30 years, and has worked on both the north and south rims of the Grand Canyon, as well as guiding trips to the bottom of the “big ditch”. Marcia has been sharing the beauty of the area for over 14 years with people. A ceramic artist for 38 years, Marcia creates southwest animals and landscapes in her Flagstaff studio when she is not guiding.
An avid outdoorsman, traveler, and lifelong Arizona resident, Dane has been a passionate explorer since an early age. Dane received his bachelor’s of science in geology from Northern Arizona University, and worked as a professional geologist before coming over to Adventure Southwest. His knowledge of Colorado Plateau geology provides for a very informative and entertaining trip. Dane also is an active member of the Coconino County Search and Rescue team.
Jennifer Herve Barnes, just call her Jen, is a North Carolina native — hence the slight drawl — and a Florida State University graduate. She has a degree in anthropology. Jen has taught school in Japan, cleaned fish in Alaska, and toured the entire perimeter of India. She’s a music lover, a reader of anything, a fan of superhero movies, a bicyclist, a nerd, a fan of fine mustaches, a chili hound, a serious cook, and a woman of letters. But mostly she’s a tour guide. She’s conducted tours throughout the Southwest, from coast to coast in America, in Alaska, and in Canada. If you make her laugh, she’ll be your friend for life. She can tell if you have a sense of humor by gauging your response to her egg-and-sausage joke.
Maggie grew up in ‘Wild and Wonderful’ West Virginia! She fell in love with Arizona after rafting through the Grand Canyon. She enjoys anything and everything outside, from mountain biking to backpacking, but nothing beats a great hike in the canyon! Maggie also has her Wilderness First Responder Certification.
Drew Andersen was born and raised in the Phoenix, Arizona area. After finishing a B.S. in Political Science at Northern Arizona University, Drew moved around a bit before landing in the heart of the Grand Circle – Page, Arizona. It was there that Drew began guiding and wandering the Colorado Plateau. Aside from guiding, Drew enjoys fly-fishing, backpacking, mountain biking, a good beer and family.
Growing up on the Appalachian trail in Pennsylvania, Laura Stinger fell in love with the outdoors at a very young age. In 2013, she joined a conservation corps and moved to Flagstaff. Laura is an experienced backpacker and knows her way around the National Parks and Forests for the Southwest. In her spare time, Laura enjoys traveling, riding dirt bikes, and eating tacos.
As a girl scout in central Virginia, Normajean spent her childhood hiking, camping, and canoeing in the Shenandoah Valley. She has lived in Virginia, Vermont, Tennessee, Texas, and is now proud to call Flagstaff, Arizona home. She spends much of her time hiking, backpacking, and motorcycling in Flagstaff and the surrounding areas. When indoors she is making jewelry, painting, cooking, and brewing beer with her husband. Normajean is stunned everyday by the sheer beauty of Northern Arizona and loves to share that beauty with others.
The tour itself was fantastic. We hit a number of great spots along the south rim of the canyon. Matt was extremely knowledgeable and very deftly handled the varying levels of interest within the group. Lunch was provided and was very good. All in all, the Grand Canyon was awe-inspiring as advertised, and the guided tour with Grand Canyon Adventures was the way to see it.
We had a great time. Bob was the best. His knowledge of the history, geology and of course whodunit mysteries of the canyon was impressive and fun. No doubt learned from his many years of hiking and exploring. Also he brought a telescope! Nobody else had that.