Her love for rivers runs deep… Laura was only two years old when her river guide parents, Les and Susan Bechdel, founded CANYONS. Laura literally grew up on the river, and has guided in Idaho, Arizona, and Costa Rica. In 2016, Laura and her husband Neal McAdam (also a Canyons guide!) welcomed their son Lucas to the CANYONS family, making him a third generation river rat. Beyond guiding, Laura uses her Master of Arts in Teaching, in her role as Director of Studies for the Alzar School, a semester high school that builds leadership through outdoor adventure and cultural exchange in Chile. Her other passions include travel, yoga, reading, surfing, biking, skiing, sailing, dancing, and being a new mom.