Get to know our summer Communications and Development Intern, Logan Houpt! Logan joined us a few weeks ago, and has been interning remotely from Virginia (what strange times we live in). We asked him to share some things about himself, read on for his answers!

A must watch video of Logan talking about his favorite things about rivers, from his kayak! This river is clearly not in Colorado…

And here are his answers to a few questions

Q: You recently moved to Colorado for school, what were some of your first impressions of the state?

A: My first impression of Colorado was the air. I remember when I arrived for the first time in August, the thin, dry air was the most striking immediate impression. As I got to know Colorado more and more as my Freshman year went on, I quickly fell in love with the amazing scenery and never ending recreation opportunities.

Q: You are pretty into whitewater kayaking and canoeing, do you have any fun stories or
favorite memories you’d like to share?

A: One of the more memorable experiences I have was on a canoe trip through northern Ontario. We were on a stretch of seemingly endless flatwater, and the entire group was feeling deflated and bored. The river was thin and shallow, and out of nowhere, two massive moose came running behind us and ran past all five canoes before darting into the forest on the right. The 1,000 pound giants were within twenty feet of me. It was definitely one of the best memories I have to date.

Q: The Colorado water world can be a bit confusing, do you have a takeaway from your first week of drinking from the metaphorical firehouse (or headgate)

A: This week has definitely been a great learning experience for me. I am still soaking in the Colorado water world, and am trying my best to gain a solid understanding from it. The main takeaway I have had this week is how complex and interconnected the Colorado water rights are. I had no idea that there were so many ins and outs to something that seems so simple. I’m excited to learn more and more about the Colorado water world throughout the summer.

Q: What have you been doing to pass the time during quarantine?

A: My mom got a pug in the beginning of quarantine. I was skeptical at first, because I’ve always been a big dog kind of person, but I have definitely learned to love pugs and spend a lot of time playing with little Rosie. On top of that, I’ve been kayaking down a river that runs near my house which has been a great way to get outside and exercise during quarantine.

Q: What sorts of activities are you missing right now?

A: I mainly miss not having to worry about contracting a deadly virus. I think I speak for everyone when I say I took normal life for granted. In terms of specific activities, I miss watching sports, it was tough to see March Madness and the NBA Playoffs get canceled.

Q: What part of interning for Colorado Water Trust are you most excited for?

A: I’m super excited to be working with a small group of motivated people, who all have a collective goal to protect Colorado’s beautiful rivers. This internship is my first experience of “office” work, even if it’s through Zoom, and I am excited for this valuable experience.

We are so excited to have Logan on the team, and he is excited to meet all of you whenever we can gather in person again.

Take care everyone, keep loving your rivers!