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The Wilderness Way
3152 Shadeville Road

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Robert Baker, Fishing Guide
Robert Baker - Owner: Robert has been in the paddlesport business since he was old enough to walk, his grandmother Gretchen Evans started T~n~T Hideaway in 1976 and Rob grew up at the Wakulla River.  He became Manager and part owner of TnT in 2005 and has grown it to include kayak fishing, retail, instructions, and eco-tours.  He also has Reel-Fin-Addict Kayak Fishing and guides kayak fishing tours along the Forgotten Coastline or the many rivers in our area.  Now part owner of The Wilderness Way, he has brought his experience to help expand the retail to enhance the anglers and  add coastal tours here at The Wilderness Way. 
Robert Baker Kayak Fishing Guide
Martha Haynes, Guide   Martha has been running, biking, hiking and camping for much of her life  and paddling in the Big Bend area since she and her family moved to  the Wakulla River in 2001. She has led multi-night camping trips in the Okefenokee Swamp, paddled most of the Apalachicola Paddling Trails, and paddled and camped on much of the Suwannee from Fargo to the Gulf. Martha is an ACA Essentials of Kayak Touring certified instructor, a graduate of the TCC Ecotourism Institute Green Guide program, and a Leave No Trace trainer.
Dawn Peffer, Guide You’ll usually see "Dynamo Dawn" on the river with camera, binoculars, and a field guide in hand to spot & photograph Florida’s spectacular wildlife at every quiet twist and bend in the river.  Dawn is a wildlife artist and uses the photographs and paddling experiences as inspiration for her paintings. Then paddling, she prefers to go off the beaten path of the river to explore the narrow passages in search of all things feathered and furry.
Ranger Rick" Peffer, Guide   Two decades ago, Rick began canoeing the rivers and streams of north Florida to experience nature up close and personal.  He eventually traded the canoe for a kayak and continued exploring the swamps, rivers and coastal waters. When given the choice between a main channel or remote passage, Rick prefers the path less traveled.  Rick's adventure stories include scouting trips on the Withlacoochee.  Ask Rick to tell you about his best water adventure ever--the Inn River rapids in Austria.  When Rick and Dawn aren't guiding TWW trips, you can usually find them out paddling with friends.
Billy Goodroe, Guide spent his childhood fishing the central Florida coast and inland lakes and rivers coached by his Bass Master's father, Paul. Known as "Fishbaitbilly" locally, he won his first fishing tournament at the age of ten with a whopping 8.5 oz. bluegill. Today he can usually be found prowling the flats, creeks ad oyster bars from Steinhatchee to Port St. Joe fishing for trout, redfish, flounder, cobia and tarpon. Billy guides kayak angling expeditions and participates in charity events and tournaments which help support the Meals on Wheels program in Wakulla County, Florida. His knowledge of the area and local fishing tricks and tactics promises to make your next guided fishing trip a memorable one. When not on the water Billy can be found at The Wilderness Way talking up the latest kayak models or just talking up.. fishing!

Keeping with the tradition of family owned business, Jacki Youngstrand, with son Robert Baker and daughter Elizabeth Hyatt-Deason, purchased The Wilderness Way in March of 2013.  Having been in the paddlesports industry since 1976 they are also owners/operators of T~n~T Hideaway, Inc, located on the Wakulla river which was founded by their mother/grandmother, Gretchen Evans and brother/uncle John Evans.  Our ultimate goal is to offer the customer service only a small local business can provide.  A phrase from Gretchen was "the only thing that keeps us different from every one else is our customer service."    
Jacki Youngstrand

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