About Recreation Without Borders
Founded in 2009 by Lauren Woodmansee and John Woodmansee, Recreation Without Borders was born from the collapse of public recreation programs during the great recession. After being laid off from her position with Skagit County Parks, Lauren decided to strike out on her own. With the help of John, they were able to offer the travel and adventure programs that the parks and recreation departments could no longer offer.
After years of hard work, Lauren and John decided to retire and the company was offered for sale. In 2018, outdoor professionals Eric Christensen and Justin Wallace purchased RWB and hope to add new life to this amazing company. Lauren and John will still guide the occasional trip, but they are done with business ownership.
Between them, Eric and Justin have more than 40 years of experience in travel, tourism, and adventure programs. Both grew up in Tacoma, WA and attended the same high school, though 4 years apart. They met as students in Western Washington University's Recreation Management Program. They have been close friends ever since, each standing as a groomsman in the other's wedding. They are dudes that love to play and recognize recreation as a basic human need.
If you want to find a jack of all trades, Justin is it. From starting as a soccer referee at 12 years old, Justin has worked at YMCA camps and Outward Bound guiding everything from backpacking and sea kayaking to rock climbing and mountaineering. He's built ropes courses and ziplines, developed curriculum for environmental education programs, ran the accounts payable/receivable for a telecommunications company, and been skydiving. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with is wife and dog. They just got a hot tub.
If you want someone for a good time, Eric is your guy. Eric has guided rafting in South America, biked from Alaska to Baja, hiked seniors up mountains, guided snorkeling in Hawaii, co-owned a tree service company, and has 2 adorable children. Eric is goofy, energetic, and a generally fantastic guy to be around. He resides in Bellingham, WA. He probably needs to trim his beard.