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 since 2000. Laura and her husband Neal McAdam (also a Canyons guide) are raising third generation river rats: Lucas, born 2016, and Ruby, born 2018. 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. Laura also enjoys reading, word games, cooking, skiing, kayaking, hiking, and hanging out with her family.