Soul River Inc. an offshoot of Soul River Runs Deep, takes at risk youth and marries them up with veterans, to explore the outdoors. Their Angler's Quest 2014 was held in the Olympic National Park on the Hoh river. It was a huge success and drew a lot of attention to it's founder Chad Brown. This year was well on it's way to being another successful trip, when the plight of the Hoh rivers wild Chinook salmon closed the Hoh river to recreational fishing. This left the Soul River team scrambling to find an alternative location for the Anglers Quest 2015. After much brainstorming and a stroke of luck, Chad was able to move the event to a new location and save the day. This change in venue ended up being something that in my opinion can change the lives of all who were involved as well as many many others.
A contact of Brian Chou, a Soul River ambassador, Richie Underwood and Quinault Indian Nation member, stepped up and dug deep. Richie, went to the Quinault council and petitioned to have the Quinault Nation host this years Angler's Quest 2015. What a great idea, we all thought. Not only would the youth from Portland be able to explore the natural beauty of our Olympic Peninsula, but they would get to meet youth from the Quinault Indian nation.
Here are a few pictures from this amazing event. I hope you all love them as much as we do.
A huge thanks to all of those that helped to make this all possible:
Chad Brown Creator of Soul River Runs Deep
Brian Chou Soul River Runs Deep ambassador
Richie Underwood Fishing guide and Quinault Indian Nation member
Stefanie Leigh administrator and program director for Soul River Inc.
The Quinault Indian Nation
City of Vancouver Parks and Recreation Department
U.S. Fish and Wildlife
And all the veterans, Quinault Tribal member, and youth that worked so hard.