Sharmon Hill

Founder/GuideSharmon HIll

Sharmon , founder of Moondance Sea Kayak Adventures, discovered the enchantment of sea kayaking in the early 1980’s. Learning by “the seat of her pants” she crafted her skills then in 1992 began guiding for the Whatcom County Parks and Recreation Outdoor program. Her calm and welcoming leadership style was warmly received by the community so after a full season leading trips for the outdoor program, she had the confidence to launch her own company. In the summer of 1993, Moondance was fully underway. Sharmon’s passion for the marine environment was contagious and for the next 20 years she shared her navigational expertise, extensive knowledge of natural history and native lore over thousands of miles of coastline exploration. She never tired of repeatedly paddling the same shoreline as the dance of the tides with the moon presented an ever changing environment of adventure, wonder and new surprises from whelks to whales. The company continued to grow as she successfully led trips in the San Juan Island’s of Washington, Barkley and Clayoqout Sounds of British Columbia, and the Sea of Cortes in Baja, Mexico. She recently found a kindred water spirit inKristi Kucera and is thrilled to “pass the paddle” to her. Looking forward to paddling with familiar faces as well as newcomers she will continue guiding for Kristi whenever the opportunity presents itself offering her experience and abilities that have made Moondance one of the premier kayak companies in the Pacific Northwest.

Kristi KuceraGuide Bio Picture

 Owner/Guide

Kristi was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah where she spent her childhood playing in the Wasatch Mountains. When she was younger she had the opportunity to spend summers in the San Juan Islands of Washington State, where her love of the Pacific Northwest began. In 2009 she received a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Utah in Parks, Recreation and Tourism with an emphasis on Adventure and Outdoor Programming and Environmental Education. Kristi spent 3 months  in Baja, Mexico with National Outdoor Leadership School  (NOLS) which included a month long sea kayaking expedition in the Sea of Cortez. Besides Baja, has spent time in over 30 foreign countries and loves a good adventure! She has served as an AmeriCorps member, worked as a naturalist, a ski instructor, bike/ski/snowboard mechanic, snow-cone specialist, sailing instructor and spent her fair share of time working in the big world of outdoor retail. Kristi has taught and guided sea kayaking to people 7 year olds up to 80 and loves working with diverse age populations.
When Kristi is not in her kayak you can find her skiing Mt Baker, mountain biking with her pups, frying up a breakfast miracle, spending time with friends and family or rafting some of the worlds most beautiful rivers.

Alicia MildnerIMG_1551

Super Guide

Alicia grew up in Bellingham, where she spent most of her days playing in the ocean and mountains of the PNW. Various adventures have led her away from her hometown, from volunteering on a chocolate farm in Costa Rica, surfing with the stingrays in Nicaragua and powder hunting in Canada. She attended the College of the Rockies in British Columbia, where she graduated from the Adventure Tourism Business program in 2015. The following summer, she guided kayak tours on San Juan Island. In the off-season she disguises herself as a Canadian, skiing in the mountains around Golden, British Colombia and eating copious amounts of Pad Thai. She is happiest when the outdoors is her office and is excited to be back on the ocean in her hometown, exploring the waters of the Salish Sea!

 

 

Donal O’Leary

Super Guide

Donal O’Leary is a paddler, climber, Emergency Medical Technician, amateur chef, pro-bono bike mechanic, Teaching Assistant, and M.S. Geography student at WWU. After 6 years of building trails and coordinating volunteers in Saguaro, Yosemite, and Rocky Mountain National Parks, Donal completed his Bachelor’s of Science in Watershed Science and GIS at Colorado State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. His love for these waters dates back to his first memory ever: sitting on his dad’s shoulders watching Orca breach off of San Juan Island. When he isn’t gone boatin’ he might be riding his bicycle through another country (9 so far), learning a new language (Portugese /php), or explaining to his dog-nieces why they can’t have any tortilla chips.