Living in the Moment

Living in the Moment

February 14, 2018

THREE, TWO, ONE 
I recently discovered what Living in the Moment actually means. While to some, it can be as dauntless as swimming with sharks in the Caribbean, and to others it can mean a calming walk in a newly discovered trail. 

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Thoughts from 39,000 Feet Up

Thoughts from 39,000 Feet Up

December 06, 2017

Last Friday, I sat in a window seat on a 5:00 am flight to San Diego, California. Tired, groggy, and in desperate need of caffeine, I turned my attention toward the window and pulled the shade up. What was revealed outside the window not only prompted a gasp but it physically awakened my body and my soul. 

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Reforestation and Waterfall Hike

Reforestation and Waterfall Hike

November 28, 2017

“Combine the adventure of travel with the compassion of volunteer work” - Las Olas Travel

I’ve always had a passion for traveling, but even more so traveling with meaning. How do we make an adventure meaningful to not just ourselves but the people around us?

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Fear not the Sirens of Lake Annecy

Fear not the Sirens of Lake Annecy

November 22, 2017

With the train screeching into the station, my two travel friends and I wiped the sleep from our eyes and unsteadily shuffled towards the exit doors. Stepping down onto the platform, I read aloud, “Annecy” which was written in several locations of the station.

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Life is an Adventure

Life is an Adventure

November 15, 2017

Pura Vida, as they say in Costa Rica. It means Pure Life and it’s the perfect phrase to describe the wonders of life here in Costa Rica. Yes, I’m living the dream in Costa Rica! My first time visiting this breathtaking country I led a volunteer trip for two weeks with 15 students from Texas State University.

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I Love You, Mommy

I Love You, Mommy

November 01, 2017

Waking up to the beautiful rays of the Texas sun seeping into my room, my mom and I stretch sleep from our limbs. My phone displayed the time of 8:00AM. We had risen early and energetic for today’s adventures. The night before we had decided to take a day trip to a nearby natural area. 

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Van Horn, Texas

Van Horn, Texas

October 11, 2017

Running virtually across the state of Texas is once again proving to be a challenge. With working, adventuring and recovering from the injuries sustained while adventuring, I am having a hard time getting in the miles and am pretty far behind schedule in both running and writing.

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My Lowas

My Lowas

September 20, 2017

“The most alive is the wildest.” – HDT

After eight years, six continents, and hundreds and hundreds of miles, my hiking boots finally gave up the ghost.

The death of my Lowas was a little like losing a close friend. We’ve had so many memorable adventures. 

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Q & A with Jeremiah Felsen

Q & A with Jeremiah Felsen

September 13, 2017

If you go to Kauai and just sit on the beach with your fruity cocktail, then you didn’t see what the island really has to offer. If you are seeking adventure and exploration, then we highly recommend going on a hiking tour with Kauai Hiking Tours. Founder and guide, Jeremiah Felsen, has a wealth of knowledge of not only the island but primitive backcountry skills.

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The Magic of Kalalau Valley

The Magic of Kalalau Valley

August 30, 2017

Kalalau Valley, located in the Na Pali Coast National Park on Kauai, Hawaii, is two miles long and two miles wide, making it the largest valley in the park. It’s a backpacker’s paradise, with streams that turn into waterfalls, pathways that lead to tree swings, and an assortment of fresh fruits for the picking along the way. Those who have traveled, or even lived there, leave this inspiring place with a sense of wonder and awe.

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My Log Book

My Log Book

June 13, 2017

I’ve been SCUBA diving for over 25 years. Destinations have included The Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Greek Isles, Hawaii, California, Florida, a mine in Missouri, and every divable spot in Mexico and the Caribbean. There were times over that period when I was very active and times when life got in the way and I was only able to get in one trip a year. Regardless, I have been religious about keeping a log of every one of my several hundred dives. It is my personal SCUBA history book. 

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See Life

See Life

June 13, 2017

At sea level, a person standing 5’10” tall can see almost three miles to the horizon. We were sitting on the steps of the palapa drinking coffee which put our eye level at about that height. The horizon to the east is a straight line, only broken by the outline of Twin Cayes.
I know what is beyond that horizon. 
I have been there.
It calls me to return.

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Vitamin I

Vitamin I

June 13, 2017

Canadian heli-skiing is for expert skiers – or those that have a natural deficiency of fear or sense.

I survived six days of it with a group of five non-expert skiers aged 45 to 70. As the baby of the group I was one of two survivors that made it injury free to the final day (my seventy-year-old companion was the other.) We lost a person a day for the first three days with injuries to a hamstring, back and knee respectively. The damage I sustained was less obvious. I leave Canada with a massively bruised ego and a liver that has had to process massive doses of Vitamin I.

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A Fish Story

A Fish Story

June 12, 2017

A fox walking on the beach had drawn him out of the cabin into the gray, pre-dawn light. The fire had gone out during the night, but the cabin was warm compared with the chill of the morning. He grabbed at his coat and hugged himself to suppress a shiver in what he thought was silence.

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Ode to a Lift

Ode to a Lift

June 12, 2017

Downhill skiing can be a hypercompetitive sport. Even a little fun day on the mountain can turn into an exhausting and exhilarating athletic experience. The mega ski resorts are designed to maximize your pursuit of vertical feet. With high-speed quad and six-pack lifts, pass chip readers and other innovations, it is a high-tech business. 

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Feeling Humble Up High

Feeling Humble Up High

May 08, 2017

Climbing a mountain is exhilarating, challenging, and rewarding. No matter how high it is, every ascent has some things in common. The anticipation grows as I climb higher, I become short of breath, and keep asking myself, “Why am I doing this again?” But then I reach the top. I am immediately reminded of why I love these exhausting (yet rewarding) experiences.

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