It is common sense to understand that humans are naturally inclined toward the spirit of adventure and discovery. Good adventures shape our lives and adds colors to our life experience and ultimately shapes "who we are". Fortunately, through-out time there have been those that are better able or more capable, more willing really, to capitalize on this most basic instinct. These friends climb a bit higher and these travel partners go the extra distance ( even if that distance is more than 3000 miles away and you're driving a 1984 Nissan truck) with the confidence to enter a new world...... walk into a new adventure knowing that the smiles, laughs and story will far outweigh the inconvenience of leaving home. Beth was one of these friends. Beth was an adventurer. She was fueled by her thirst for knowledge and the promise of the unexpected. Adaptable and good natured, She made friends easily and, by giving a glimpse of her spirit, was identified quickly as confident, committed and smart. In other words, a great partner in adventure. She moved through a dizzying amount of timezones, and befriended colorful souls everywhere she traveled. She marveled at mountain chains and enjoyed a great whitewater romp as much as a hot coffee for cold beer from a street vendor. As long as her old cassette player was playing and her truck still running there was no telling where she'd end up. California, Colorado, Prague, Paris, The Yukon, the list goes on and on. I was fortunate to have bounced around in the seat next to her as she navigated many a dirt road in the middle of nowhere. She shared with me her curiosity and willingness to explore new places and make the acquaintance of many a good people. I was fortunate to have had a good portion of her healthy sense of adventure poured on me. Her confidence rubbed off on me. She led by example and showed me it was OK to venture a little further away, be more trusting and have more adventures. I was still learning.......
Thank You Beth you are an adventurer extraordinaire, spirited friend and missed sister.
If you have never been rafting down the Grand Canyon you should put it on your "to do" list. The Grand is an amazing place with beautiful whitewater. High flow or low, theres always plenty of water in the big ditch. Consistent fun at any water level coupled with astounding scenery make for the trip of a lifetime.
Watch for boars mate
Road trippin’ up the west coast of New Zealand is beautiful. Waterfalls, lush forests, and seemingly endless beaches grace this country, making for unbelievable views and adventures. New Zealand also has boars, lots of them, and they are big, up to 200kg (440 lbs). When we tramped off on a six kilometer trail, we had no idea just how close we would get.
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Hindsight is 20/20. If that's the case, foresight is, by default, blurry. Seems that blurry vision led us to the decision to travel overland into Cambodia. Most tourists fly into Siam Reap to visit Angkor Wat. Not knowing any better and strapped for cash, my buddy and I decided to make the journey by road. Looking back, I'm not sure if I would do it the same way again......... then again maybe I would.