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Rich Johnson was born and raised in a tiny northern Utah town, where he learned to fish and hunt under the tutelage of his dad and grandfather. As a kid, he spent time on the far end of a two-man crosscut saw, learned to split wood for the winter stove, hunted grasshoppers in his grandma’s garden for a nickel a pop bottle full, and had a dog named Tippy. Life was good.
After a stint in the Army Special Forces, Rich ended up in Los Angeles, working in the magazine industry as a writer, photographer and editor. During his 33-year career, he’s written hundreds of articles and several books. His travels took him all around the country and to far-flung parts of the world. He now lives in the Pacific Northwest.
Rich enjoys sailing, scuba diving, fishing, camping, rock climbing, kayaking, golf, backcountry skiing and just about anything else that can be done outdoors. He has more than 30 parachute jumps to his credit, rappelled from helicopters, and holds a Frequent Faller card as a bungee jumper.
Rich served as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician.
Becky Johnson is a freelance writer and photographer whose work has appeared in travel and outdoor magazines for more than twenty years. She’s been featured in such publications as Lifestyles, Trailer Life Magazine, MotorHome Magazine, Four Wheeler Magazine, Holidays, and others. Her columns Becky’s Corner, The Better Half, and People Going Places highlighted women’s issues, the lighter side of life, and travel and adventure. She also worked as a copy editor and managing editor.
Becky and her husband Rich live in Washington State and have shared many adventures together — including a year-long wilderness project that involved living in a cave. Today, they enjoy traveling the country with their trailerable sailboat Three Eagles. From their home office, they work together doing research and photography for their books and magazine projects.