Meet Our Crew
We’re a small group of writers, photographers, videographers, geo-coders, social media professionals, marketers, designers, and developers who like to discover new places on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Cuttyhunk (the populated island of the Elizabeth Islands) as much as you do. Many of us are located here on the Cape, and we draw from passions like swimming, sailing, hiking, and golfing to connect you with new Cape and Islands experiences.
Get outdoors! Enjoy nature today and every day!
This blog is the passion project of Stephen Kota, a long-time resident of Mashpee. Kota embraces the relaxed lifestyle on the Cape & Islands and can often be seen on the Sandwich Boardwalk, the Brewster Flats, or the Dune Shacks of Peaked Hill Bars Historic District in Provincetown. Stephen is a former Division 1 soccer player at the University of Louisville where he studied. Stephen spent 17 years as a traveling sales and marketing executive at HughesNet.
In August of 2010, he founded EvdoDepotUSA; a national 4G LTE rural broadband and IoT company that currently caters to the connectivity needs of thousands of remote workers and distant learning programs in the rural unserved and under-served markets nationwide. Outside of work, Stephen enjoys boating, biking, gardening, clam digging and exploring secrets spots around the Cape and Islands.
Chandler L Blake
Growing up and going to college in the Northeast, Chandler brings an incredible appreciation for the outdoors throughout all seasons to CapeCodXplore. He recently relocated to Cape Cod from Miami and is adapting to the cooler waters of Cape Cod Bay and Nantucket Sound.
Chandler’s digital marketing expertise coupled with his technical background have contributed vastly to his successful launch of several startups throughout his career.
When not developing new marketing strategies for an emerging product or service for our client, he can be found exploring the waters of Cape Cod via boating or water skiing. Back on land, he enjoys snowboarding, hiking, and playing basketball.
Tanner claims that his love affair with the Cape and Islands began in the summer of 2013 when he spent his summer vacationing here. He spent four years in the United States Airforce which enable him to travel worldwide and engaging people from diverse backgrounds from the Middle east to Southeast Asia. His incredible discipline as former military personnel keep Mr. Wentworth motivated in making sure his sales team meet their respective sales quota.
Tanner also enjoys boating, hiking, snowboarding, and digging for oysters at the Mashpee town dock off Mashpee Neck road. He is a huge Boston sports fan, who takes pride in his fandom. He loves to spend time with his two cats Freddie and Pasta.
An enthusiastic ocean swimmer and fisherwoman, Eliza has always been captivated by Cape Cod’s marine enchantments. After some travelling throughout most of southeast Asia, the Pacific islands and most of Europe, she again heard the irresistible siren’s call of the Atlantic and has returned to her native New England.
She graduated from the University of Southern Maine and works as a financial consultant, in charge of all of the company’s finances. Eliza enjoys vegan cooking and trying new foods. When not cooking she can be found fishing, hiking or swimming in the cold Atlantic waters anytime of year!
Hannah first discovered the magic of Cape Cod on a childhood trip to Martha’s Vineyard. She remembers staying in Oak Bluffs during that trip – and spending every night playing manhunt with her friends in the town’s empty streets. More recently, she’s been exploring the Cape in the pages of Moby Dick and the paintings of Edward Hopper. A Maine native, Hannah is a graduate of Colby College and a content marketer based in Sarajevo, Bosnia.
Marguerite A. Wiser
Marguerite is an avid gardener, hiker, and woodworker who loves to write and explore the outdoors. A Maine native and alum of St. Lawrence University, Marguerite enjoys a good book. After writing her thesis on the history of the Canadian cod fishery she is always excited to learn more about maritime history. She can be found outdoors: growing new vegetables, cross-country skiing, or enjoying time on the water. Marguerite also manages the wireless router recovery program at EvdoDepotUSA.
Heidi B. Kota
Heidi recently relocated to the Cape after many years of spending her vacation time here. As a returned Peace Corps Volunteer and an avid international traveler, she has found the Cape with its varied landscapes and countless opportunities for exploration, an exciting place to settle down and grow roots. She began her editing career early, as the editor of her high school newspaper and has run her own business for the past thirty years. Heidi is currently working to make her Cape gardens more pollinator-friendly and learning how to fertilize with seaweed.
A longtime geography enthusiast, Conrad moved to the Cape in June 2020 after visiting Martha’s Vineyard almost every summer for over fifteen years. A product of Western Maine, he graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington in 2015 and started work in Vermont as a mapping analyst at Pitney Bowes. After 3.5 years, he took a seven month trip around Asia that included a 2.5 week trek in Nepal and attending teachings of the Dalai Lama in India. Now based in Barnstable, you can often find him exploring new trails and finding lots of geocaches.
Caleen is an illustrator, vocalist, and longboard enthusiast. She was raised in a family of artists. Growing up on the Florida West Coast Beaches she became a front person for rock bands. As a young adult she pursued her music dreams by becoming a recording and sound engineer. Later, she decided to continue developing her art skills by attaining a BS degree in Graphic Design and Animation. The very talented Ms. Mulock is responsible for the concept design and creation of the the Interactive Map icons as well as the Cape Cod Xplore t-shirts and caps illustrations.
Tonya Jean Kelsey
Tonya enjoys everything nature has to offer – flowers, wildlife, sunshine and playing in the dirt. From the Rocky Mountains to either coast, she has hiked and camped all over the country and is always up for a day of fishing topped off with a visit to the local brewery. Born in South Dakota and now living on the edge of Appalachia, Tonya writes for a variety of technology projects and spends her down-time gardening and exploring the parks, forest, and waterways nearby.
Amanda loves the ocean and everything it has to offer. A Miami native, Amanda grew up spending most of her time enjoying its many beaches. She loves to travel to new places and explore what nature has to offer. She fell in love with the Cape after a visit to one of the many local ice cream shops, and a stroll through the Gingerbread Village on Martha’s Vineyard. When she’s not exploring, Amanda enjoys riding her bike, running, reading a good book, and crafting.