PADDLER: Scott Mestrezat

Who doesn’t daydream of quitting their job and going on a grand adventure? That’s just what Scott Mestrezat did when he recently quit his gig in finance to paddle the length of the Missouri River. The 100-day, 2,341-mile journey will all be done on Mestrezat’s wooden, hand-built paddleboard from Chesapeake Light Craft. He’s also raising money for Big City Mountaineers, a program that provides wilderness experiences to inner city kids who might not get the chance otherwise. “I’m doing it because I had tons of outdoor opportunities when I was younger and it shaped who I am,” he says.