Red Alder Ranch is produced and maintained by Mark Whitaker. I live on 15 acres of mixed forest land near the historic native village of Skamokawa, Washington, alongside the Columbia River. The Pacific Ocean is 34 miles away by river. I live a life centered around the water, kayaking, boating and fishing almost year round.
I have been, at turns, a conservation corps grunt, an Eagle scout, a dishwasher and prep cook, a bass player in a punk band, a mechanic and auto parts guy, a commercial dishwasher repairman, an antique/reproduction light fixture salesman and designer, a college student, a solar pool heater installer, sawmill headrig operator and lumber grader, tax preparer, all around handyman, firewood cutter, eBay seller and kayak instructor/guide and rental shop manager.
I like woodworking and blacksmithing, but haven’t done a whole lot of either one. I’m a cat person rather than a dog person. I like maps and charts. I’ve been married for over 23 years to Shannon Meeker, and we have two daughters, ages 21 and 18.
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