Have paddle will travel: Kayaking North Florida

I originally wrote this article as the Jacksonville Travel Examiner for Examiner.com....more

Coming Home

I am about to return home from the greatest journey of my life.I took a brief break from GAP instruction and life in North Carolina to fulfill a long awaited dream.  I’ve spent the last three months travelling out west with the sole mission of running whitewater.  Starting with 8 weeks of creeking in High Sierra California, I then migrated north to the Pacific Northwest, followed by a short stint in Idaho.  What has this trip meant for me?  Way more than I could have ever expected…...more

Lake Lesson #32- Never Kayak in a Kaftan

I knew something was up Saturday when we arrived at Herrington and Frank insisted that he go get the cart. At the lake, you have to own some sort of cart, wagon, or other conveyance to transport the beer, ice, sewing machine, Sno-Cone Maker, and whatever else you decide you need to survive for 48 hours on the water. So, anyway, since Frank hurt his ankle, I have been the cart fetcher (which is better than being a fart catcher). But, he insisted that he get the cart and lead the way to the boat....more
Hahaha! It's the perfect name for her! I love it!more

Travel Adventures in Vietnam

"Ha Long Bay, situated in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1600 islands and islets forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and relatively unaffected by human influence."--UNESCO ...more
Great Pictures. I've always want to go there. Seeing these pictures makes me want to go even ...more

The Kayaking Dog

There are many places I get nervous taking Toby, because I'm afraid he is going to act up, start barking or get nervous, but when it comes to kayaking, I don't even think twice....more

Owning My Inner Adventurer

I am not adventurous. Rather, I didn't used to be. And thrill-seekers (or, you know, people who can ride the SkyFari at the zoo without an anxiety attack) would likely scoff at my own adventurous side, if it was noticeable to them. For as long as I can remember, I've been physically timid, so I've limited myself in a lot of ways. But, this past year, I met the adventurer within me. ...more

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