Wild Belize Escape: Wildlife, Reefs, and Rivers
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Shawn began his journey with Lindblad Expeditions in 2009 and since inception has found himself in various aspects of ship and expedition operations. What led him to Lindblad Expeditions? When you grow up in upstate New York, it’s nearly impossible to resist the urge to explore—especially as a kid. Shawn’s love of the outdoors began at an early age when he would play “fugitive”, a variation of the game tag, with his neighborhood friends in the forest behind his home in Wappingers Falls, NY. As long as he can remember, the forest had always beckoned and sparked a strong sense of exploration and wanderlust. When he was just twenty-one, he completed a six month, 2,167 mile thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail, a journey that would shape his adult life. He was hooked. Shawn went on to tackle other thru hikes of note including the Pacific Crest, High Sierra, and John Muir Trails. He also led a six person expedition up three 6,000 meter peaks in the Peruvian Andes. Having discovered his passion he sought out an undergraduate school that would stimulate him intellectually as well as being mere steps from adventure. He ended up at Paul Smiths College situated in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. Shawn earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation, Adventure Travel & Eco-tourism with a minor in Forestry. Whether in the forest or on the water, his passion for the outdoors is always the key factor for planning his future or the next adventure.