Ben Hoksch has always had a love of the outdoors. His dad grew up in rural Iowa, and as a child, Hoksch and his father would often spend time fishing and hunting along the Mississippi River. His love for nature has had a large influence on his life. As an undergraduate at UNI, Hoskch majored in biology and recently canoed down the Mississippi River.
While his childhood experience and general love of nature influenced his decision to take this trip, it was experiences at UNI that ultimately inspired Hoksch to set sail.