I feel fortunate to have a knack for intrinsic motivation, but it's something everyone can do. The road will have its tight turns and dead ends, but will also have its clear straights. As I continue to grow as a person and an athlete, I'll find different inspirations.
On our kayak expedition, we had trouble identifying the source. In theory, it should be easy. To kayak source to sea, you find the river's start and follow it until it ends. On the upper Colorado, however, matters quickly become more complicated.
A weekend getaway at Diamond Mills is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts who want to explore Saugerties and the surrounding region, which offers abundant activities year-round -- including hiking, bicycling and rock-climbing.
As we take our first steps towards the sea in a landscape almost as wild as it was in J.W. Powell's day, the thrill of the journey ahead, the thin mountain air and the landscape all leave me exhilarated.
Want to get away from it all but only have a few hours on a summer afternoon? Just a short drive away from that impossibly packed calendar are places of incredible wild beauty that offer a respite from the frenzy of daily life in D.C.
The U.S. is blessed with spectacular kayaking destinations spread out across the entire country, ranging from the Appalachian Mountains in the east to the Cascades, with plenty to enjoy in between. Here are a few of the best rivers.