Robert is a native of eastern Washington and an avid outdoorsman who enjoys exploring and sharing the splendor of the Pacific Northwest with others, whether it is by foot, auto, or boat. His work career was in agribusiness, insurance claims/Special Investigations, and project management. A graduate of Washington State University, Robert is also familiar with the region’s vast agriculture production and exporting.
He has been “fiddling around” since as early as 1997 with the story of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Aside from that of the Native Americans, the story of Lewis and Clark is one of America’ s great adventures and is the first story in the Pacific Northwest. This has naturally led to interest in other subjects, such as Thomas Jefferson, Napoleon Bonaparte, early maritime explorers, the vision and desperation of the Astorians, and the founding of the fur trade, as well as geology and the Ice Age floods. Robert feels that simply reading about a subject is often not enough; it is often necessary to see where an event occurred, which has enhanced his local explorations and taken him on eight European trips.
Robert has served as president of the Washington chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc. and is a frequent contributor to the Washington chapter’s LCTHF newsletter, Worthy of Notice. He is also the author of Wind hard from the west: The Lewis and Clark Expedition on the Snake and Columbia Rivers. Robert resides in Liberty Lake near Spokane, Washington with his wife Melanie, and has taught most of his eight grandchildren the art of eating ice cream.