I was scared to try white-water kayaking. Flat scared. I heard my Rogue River rafting/camping guide's somber warning about evacuations and was chilled. If I got hurt, it would not be a quick hop in an ambulance to a hospital.
Here, life moves at a tangibly slower pace than what most visitors are accustomed to back home. ''Once you come over that last bridge from the mainland, you just breath differently on the island,'' says one local.
Erik Weihenmayer is a man whose ambition, drive, and performance reject any notion of disability. He is one of the world's most adventurous people, as he is a blind skier, runner, biker, skydiver and climber.
Challenged by the river, I learned that the trick to kayaking is the same trick I used to navigate my illness -- you flow. Fighting against the current lands you upside-down, underwater, with your head bouncing against rocks.
For young adults, cancer comes at a time when life is sweet and our awareness of our mortality is the furthest thing from our minds. A host of unique psychosocial challenges make it even more important to seek life, meaning and purpose, to reclaim it from cancer.
The Clean Water Act was critically important and made a real difference, but has it gone far enough? Perhaps a new documentary about the Potomac River will help shine a light on how the law has worked and, more importantly, how it hasn't.
Fracking, like any truly controversial topic, has developed the tendency to repel stable facts with magnetic force. Finding reputable information is not easy. There is one thing that's agreed upon, however: Fracking is a 100 percent consumptive use.
In the morning, we slide our kayaks into the Colorado River and paddle towards the rapids of Gore Canyon. The surface of river, slowly meandering its way through flat ranch lands near the town of Kremmling, is alive in the early light.
This year has been a celebration of all things water with the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Waterkeepers around the country are reminding everyone of their right to swim, drink and fish in healthy waterways that belong to all of us.
We board the bus from the Village and ride around 40 minutes to our venue, Lee Valley Whitewater Center. I consider the Olympic whitewater venue to be one of the best, if not the best, in the world at the moment.
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.