Mark began sailing as a teenager on inland lakes in southwestern Ohio. In the late 70’s Mark, Carolyn, and their two children moved to northern Ohio where they found the lure of Lake Erie to be too great. Shortly after moving they bought their first keel boat and never looked back. That purchase began Mark’s adventures in cruising, first in Lake Erie and then after retiring in 2005 in the other four Great Lakes.
Cooking and cruising have always been an integral part of the family's sailing adventures. From Coleman stoves and coolers to the real galley on their Niagara 35, they have managed to make cooking a regular and fun part of cruising.