About Us

We are d&b, of d&b kayak. “D” is for Dan and “B” is for Bethany.

The day the Lord intended for us to meet was May 30, 2006 in staff training for our summer jobs. We were to be a duo leading summer camps all over the state for middle school age kids. Our campers went kayaking, whitewater rafting, backpacking and sailing. We had a great time being their adventure guides but unexpectedly, WE FELL IN LOVE. One of the first times we were talking I (Dan) Remember Bethany telling me about a poet that she really liked named Bradley Hathaway. I asked her what he wrote about, and she said “Jesus.” I was pretty amazed and thought “Yes! Finally!” (It is very rare to find “Jesus-loving-Christians” in the outdoor industry in my experience). A Christian girl who kayaks?! Needless to say we have been in love since that summer, kayaking together and dreaming together.

On Christmas Eve 2007, Dan proposed on the beach. Three fleeting months later we got married on the Outer Banks of NC, on March 16, 2008. We’ve got a lot of plans and goals for our life together and  kayaking the East Coast was one of the many experiences we will have in our life together. Now we own a wedding photography business which you can check out here: www.bethanydan.com

Between the two of us we have paddled:

North Carolina: Alligator River Wildlife Refuge, Pea Island, Shackelford Banks, Cape Lookout National Seashore, Bear Island, Jordan Lake, Harris Lake, Nantahala River, Lake Crabtree, Falls Lake, Wilson Creek, Watauga River, Haw River, Little River, Badin Lake, French Broad, Nolichucky River, Tuckaseegee River, Wrightsville Beach, Masonboro Island, Cape Fear River, Neuse River, Green River (not the Narrows Bethany says no), White Oak River, New River, Tar River, North Toe River, and countless surf spots along the NC Coast…

South Carolina: Capers Island and Lake Jocassee

Tennessee: Ocoee River, Little River, Middle Prong of the Pigeon and Pigeon River

Georgia: Cumberland Island and the Chatooga River

Virginia: New River, Dan River and the James River

West Virginia: Gauley River and the New River

Massachusetts: Much of the Charles in the Boston/Newton area

Michigan: The Grand River

Florida: Ten Thousand Islands

and…

the Maine Coast

the New Hampshire Coast

the Massachusetts Coast, with the exception of Cape Cod

the Rhode Island Coast

the Conecticut Coast

the New York Coast, with the exception of Long Island

the New Jersey Coast

the Delaware Coast

the Maryland Coast

the Virginia Coast

the North Carolina Coast

the South Carolina Coast

the Georgia Coast

and the Atlantic Coast of Florida including the Florida Keys all the way to Key West!

Quotes of Note

“If we’re not more deeply in love next year, we shall have failed.”-A Severe Mercy

“For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name.”- Amos 4:13

“the beauty of grace is that it makes life not fair”-Relient K

“My beloved is mine, and I am his…”-Song of Solomon 2:16

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