Joe “Water Dog” Houska’s earliest memory is camping in Yosemite Valley when he was 2 years old. He continued to camp often, becoming an Eagle Scout along the way. He has led several backpacking trips, climbed the face of Half-Dome and the (snow-covered) Mountaineer’s Route on Mount Whitney, fished commercially in Kodiak, Alaska, lived with his family on a sailboat for over five months in Mexico, and twice served at Standing Rock as a water protector. Joe has journeyed for an 11-day nature-based soul initiation with the Animas Valley Institute, and studied meditation under Shinzen Young (who wrote Science of Enlightenment). Currently, Joe is a River Advocate and training to be a whitewater rafting guide for Friends of the River and working toward becoming a CNVC Certified Trainer for Nonviolent Communication. More importantly, Joe is listening to a call that he hears from time to time while among trees.