WAI Guide Jim Brickley

Jim Brickley

Jim has always loved a good adventure and the opportunity to explore. Now retired, Jim served for over 30 years as an Advanced Math teacher for high schoolers. He has been married for over 30 years to his wife Kathy and has 2 grown sons. Jim enjoys interacting in various environments with different cultures, and welcomes the challenges travel brings. His hobbies include motorcycling and scuba diving, as well as hiking and travel. He anticipates growing through diverse international encounters that challenge his paradigm of “normal” and looks forward to sharing these learning experiences with you on tour.

WAI Guides Scott & Ruth Burk

Scott & Ruth Burk

Sharing the best of Europe and America, the Burks have been leading Walking Adventures for several years. Unforgettable Utah is one of their favorite domestic destinations—complete with other-worldly red rock formations and a palatable Wild West aura. They are excited to lead walks in each of the five National Parks at the cornerstone of this Adventure and explore countless other unexpected gems along the route. Always on the lookout for a great vista or neighborhood foodie hangout, they enjoy sharing their enthusiasm for travel with others. In between tours, you’ll likely find Ruth attending to her backyard chickens and Scott reading the newspaper on the front porch with their dog, Titan.

WAI Guides Roger & Jana Dorway

Roger & Jana Dorway

Roger’s business background connecting buyers and sellers, and Jana’s career as a teacher provide this couple with a gift for connecting with people. They have always appreciated the experiential, paradigm-expanding value of travel, and have been privileged to explore destinations on 5 continents. Since retirement, they’ve increased their commitment to discovering the world, fostering a growing desire to share cultural and historical insights as part of the WAI guide team.

Christopher Friesen

Christopher brings a blend of musical artistry and cultural curiosity to Walking Adventures. His lifelong dedication to music as an entertainer and private educator has taken Chris abroad to destinations such as Indonesia, China, Japan, Estonia, and Scandinavia, broadening his perspective and respect for historical context and diverse worldviews. Beyond musical pursuits, Chris is an outdoor enthusiast, engaging in mountaineering, backpacking, biking, and skiing. 

WAI Guide Dan Friesen

Dan Friesen, WAI CAO (Chief Adventure Officer)

Dan has been guiding tours for over 30 years. He took over the reins of the company from George Friesen, its founder and Dan’s father, in the mid-nineties, and has been expanding the reach of Walking Adventures ever since. His personal interests lie in the areas of history and current events, and he enjoys exploring new areas of the planet, interacting with different cultures, and sharing these experiences with others.

WAI Guides Tim & Jeannette Friesen

Tim & Jeannette Friesen

Tim and Jeannette have the dubious distinction of sharing the last name Friesen with certain other Team members (Tim is Dan’s “little” brother). Tim and Jeannette currently lead summertime walking adventures, mostly in Europe, and are looking forward to the time when they can leave their day jobs behind and hit the trail on a year-round basis.

WAI Guide Scott Isom

Scott Isom

Scott Isom has had a passion for the outdoors ever since his childhood days spent exploring the waterfalls and outstanding hiking trails of the Columbia River Gorge with his family. That sense of adventure continues with his wife, Debbie and their three girls on the terrific trails of Mt. Rainier National Park and in other natural wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest. Currently living in Puyallup, Washington, Scott loves to explore the unknown, knows how to have a good time, and enjoys including others in the fun! Scott has led tours on all 7 continents and is one of WAI’s busiest guides and on-site Adventure planners.

WAI Guides Todd & Chrissy Jones

Todd & Chrissy Jones

Todd and Chrissy Jones both work on a public school calendar – Chrissy is a physical therapist supporting students with physical disabilities, and Todd teaches high school history, government and economics. Both of their daughters are off at college, which means they have summertime to enjoy walking adventures with you! They have traveled in Asia, Europe, and North and South America, and are immensely grateful for opportunities to discover and appreciate new environments and cultures.

MIchael & Andrea Le Roy

After many years leading university study abroad programs in Europe and Latin America, Michael and Andrea are excited to shift their focus from college students to adventuresome lifelong learners. Andrea began her work as a wilderness guide as a college student, later worked as a social worker, and is interested in religion, history, and culture. As a professor, Michael taught courses in International Affairs and later served in administration while pining to be outside on the trail . . . any trail. They are excited to be part of the WAI guide team.