Water is the most versatile element, in constant cycle. It moves and transforms with the changes in our seasons. We find ways to play in its diverse forms, from stomping in puddles to surfing, skiing, skating, and synchronized swimming. Heck, we send each other flying into it by jumping onto giant floating blobs. We use bath-bombs and water-guns. Oh, and we kayak.
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Take 8 strangers, put them in some foldable kayaks with all their own gear, send them down 50 miles of high flowing class I and II waters on the John Day for three days and you're bound to have a wild time. And that, we did.View full article →
It wasn’t until we took a helicopter ride over the lava fields that I learned 26 acres of land had fallen off Hawaii’s Big Island and into the Pacific Ocean only a month prior to our visit. Even still, the island was growing. The coastline bubbling and boiling. Lava still spews from the Earth’s core up to the surface of the ocean and continues to form Hawaii. Please reread that sentence. Yeah, I too spend most of my days not thinking much about our planet being jelly-filled.View full article →
Up until rendezvousing with a group of friends outside of Big Bend National Park one fine fall afternoon, I'd never spent more than a few hours kayaking. Our objective was three days on the river, paddling the Rio Grande and splitting hairs between Texas and Mexico. I've had a lot more experience in overnighters on the trail and to my surprise, my experience on the river wasn't much different.View full article →
'Desaaayuuuunooooo!', my buddy would loudly yell down the hallway for our morning wakeup call. Breakfast is exciting no matter what language you're speaking, and though I'm not skilled in the art of early rising - you can't really argue with friends who are stoked on meeting you at daybreak for a meal and a paddle before heading off to work.View full article →