We are riding our tandem bike around, exploring the world and we would love to visit your area.
Lesa was raised on a ranch in western Montana. She is very capable. Her family raised and trained horses so she has been around them her whole life. She was very active in 4-H and FFA (Future Farmers of America) in school. She participated in the horse shows, livestock judging, and rodeoed while growing up. She even competed in the National High School Rodeo Finals in team roping as a freshman. Lesa obtained her Bachelor's degree in Agriculture Business with a Minor in Economics. After college, Lesa married and raised a family. Lesa is a decent hobby woodworker with experience using hand and power tools. She was active in the University of Idaho Extension Program working on training and leadership development in 4-H, Advanced Master Gardeners and Food Safety Advisors. She was president of the Ada County 4-H Council and Ada County 4-H Livestock Council in Idaho, along with being a supervisor for dogs and the family and consumer sciences divisions at the Western Idaho Fair. She developed and gave educational tours at the USDA Forest Service Nursery at Lucky Peak for 13 years to over 5000 school age children. She was the Boise Area Guide Dogs for the Blind club leader for eight years. She has helped raise 17 Guide Dogs for the Blind puppies.
Mitch was raised in sunny southern California where his family loved the outdoors. Camping and hiking were part of his life from a young age with much of that time spent hiking and camping
As a young adult, he went to work on fire crews for the Forest Service. He spent several years on the hot shot and brush disposal crews, as an assistant engine foreman, and fire prevention officer in California and Washington. Moving to the recreation program Mitch spent 8 years as a trail crew foreman supervising up to 8 individuals, maintaining and constructing backcountry trails. He often packed in backcountry camps on horses and mules or motorcycles. He is proficient with all the tools associated with firefighting and with trail work including chainsaws, crosscut saws, axes etc.
He returned to college and got his Bachelors Degree in Range Management with a minor in Soil Science from Washington State University. Mitch married in college and raised 4 wonderful children.
Mitch quickly transitioned his career to Range Management for the Forst Service for 26 years. He started managing the livestock program on the district level and worked his way up to a Forest Range Lead on two National Forests. In his early 20’s he attended horseshoeing school and for several years ran a successful horseshoeing business. He is also a hobby carpenter, plumber, an electrician. He and his family started raising for Guide Dogs for the Blind in 2000 and has helped raise 18 puppies. Mitch ran a catering business for four years where he cooked for touring bicyclists, summer camps, and special events. He has worked for Adventure Cycling Association and lead three van or self-supported bicycle tours across the US, a trip up the St. Lawrence River in Canada, a tour down the Pacific Coast and one in the Sierra Mountains.