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Staff Spotlight: Joseph Dean (JD)

JD is back and better than ever for year two as a Sunny Cove guide and we are thrilled to have him around again. If you remember from last year, JD is from the state of Iowa which we were never able to find on a map so moving on to other things...Over the winter, JD finished up his Degree in Outdoor Recreation at the University of Northern Iowa where he also worked as a trip leader taking students on backpacking, rock climbing, and canoe trips. He also gained some experience ice climbing and helped build a cross country ski trail for the university. 

JD was best known last summer for his discovery and love of the movie Frozen. He could be found literally every day singing Do You Want To Build A Snowman at the top of lungs. Our favorite story of JD is that roughly the first 20 times he watched Frozen, he only watched the first half with his favorite songs so that he never knew Prince Hans was the villain until we forced him to watch the entire movie. He was devastated. The crew this year has banned JD from watching Frozen so we are all waiting with anticipation to see what new Disney musical songs he will start singing. We are glad to have JD back on the team and continue reading below to learn a little bit more about one of our experienced guides. 

JD before he grew out his large beard

JD before he grew out his large beard

Hometown: Winchesterville, Iowa

Favorite Food: Anything my mom makes

Favorite Movie: Frozen

Favorite Book: The Giving Tree

Favorite Sports Team: CUBS

Favorite Animal: Tasmanian Devil

Certifications/Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Outdoor Recreation from the University of Northern Iowa, Wilderness First Responder, CPR, National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Alumni, Outward Bound Alumni, Swift Water Rescue, High Vertical Rescue, Leave No Trace Master Educator, United States Navy Veteran, Certified Chicago Cub fan for life

Number one item of bucket list: Cubs World Series

Best Life Experience: Meeting fellow Cubs fan and sea kayak guide Bobby!

Best Alaskan Experience: Singing karaoke with the Sunny Cove crew

Why I love to guide: Because it is boring talking to myself

Random fact: I eat peanut butter and dill pickle sandwiches before every trip I guide

Personal Statement: Go Cubs Go. Thank you. Standing by on 1-0!

~ Danny