Both of us qualify as desert rats. Before locating in Black Canyon City, Bob had lived in Phoenix since 1964. Susan moved to Phoenix in 1973. Married since 1987, both of us love the warm temperatures and low humidity of the desert and are quick to notice the chill when winter daytime temperatures dip into the 60 degree area.
Bob is a retired electrical engineer, employed for 20+ years in the field of bipolar semiconductor circuit and memory products design. When he retired early from engineering, he alternated his new freedom between outdoors adventures or earning a living as an engineering consultant, a rental property manager, and an investor. When not outdoors recreating now, he can usually be found working on some friend's personal computer problems, designing websites, surfing the Internet news sites, or embroiling himself in some photography project he's dreamed up.
A Canadian by birth, he grew up in London, Ontario eventually attending his home town University of Western Ontario where he graduated with a BS in electrical engineering. Subsequent education included an MS in computer science from California Institute of Technology and an MBA in finance from Arizona State University.
Susan was born in northern Minnesota and grew up on the Iron Range north of Duluth. After moving to Phoenix, she managed a plumbing firm for 11 years developing both office management and trade skills. Her expertise with antiquated plumbing fixtures has helped solve numerous problems with rental properties. She completed an AA degree at Phoenix College in May of 1995
Beginning as a National Sierra Club Outings assistant leader, she has a quarter-century experience packing food for large-group, extended trips and is the primary contributor to our extensive database of backpacking and rafting recipes. Starting in 1984, she led 15-20 dayhikes each year for the Valley of the Sun cities of Chandler, Tempe, and Gilbert. Because of the increased travel time and costs she resigned when we moved to Black Canyon City.
More recently she has been active in community service projects working with the High Desert Helpers Club to maintain our town's High Desert Park. She currently serves as Treasurer but in other years has been President and Secretary. For five years she managed the local event called Rock-a-Rama (an annual rock and gem show).