Category Archive: Outdoor Sports & Adventures

Lost in Thought: Painting Without Brushes

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Lost in thought, she painted without brushes, a technique she shared with me, her granddaughter. My grandmother, Mary Agnes Davis Wall, was a talented artist who specialized in landscape and portrait paintings. Decades after grandmother’s lessons I meander downstream, a paddler in the current. Stroke after stroke, slicing through the water, my blade enters at …

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Each Step of the Run

Mountain Trail Run

Each step of the run is a stride toward a better life. Run to live. And run for fun. The destination and purpose of running lie in the journey. It’s the act of running not the results that stimulate the senses. One runs for the sheer joy of running, because it feels good and provides …

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Beth Schluter: The Legend

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Beth Schluter, the legend, has been a national and international champion for over four decades.Beth competes in open, masters and age group classifications in canoe and Nordic adventure and endurance races. Best known as a marathon canoe racer, she has won multiple USCA National Canoe and Kayak Championships in C1 Woman, C2 Women, and Mixed …

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Survive a Squall

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We set sail on a lovely day unaware that we would survive a squall. Little did we know that extreme adventure and a near death experience were in our future when we began our journey along the familiar coast of Wisconsin’s Door County Peninsula. The allure of freshwater and lush green islands make this area …

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Chance Encounter

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During a recent visit to Sedona Arizona, while hiking at Airport Mesa near an energy vortex, I had a chance encounter. A gentleman, along with his partner and faithful dog, taught me an important lesson. It was a simple life lesson that I’d like to share with you because it made my journey to this …

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Dreams with Purpose Part 2 – My Story

"Carrying The Flame"

Dreams with purpose are realized by people with seemingly impossible goals using focus, discipline, hard work and self-determination. Faced with a variety of challenges, these champions never give up. The pathways toward their goals may be unclear; nonetheless dream achievers persevere. They exhibit resilience and tenacity – rising above failures, temporary setbacks and physical challenges …

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Dreams with Purpose Part 1 – Dreamers & Achievers

Dreamers and achievers have one thing in common – both have a vision. Dreams provide us with visions that can fuel our aspirations. Dreams alone won’t get us far. The ability to achieve dreams with purpose requires mental fortitude and resilience. Achievers turn dreams into reality. The will to succeed takes great inner strength. I …

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In Snow Sports, Expect the Unexpected

Swedish Powder Shot”, Phil Icke, Photographer

In snow sports, expect the unexpected. Turning potentially disastrous situations into memorable and thrilling sports adventures requires awareness, training, and good instincts. With skill and appropriate judgment we can come prepared to the mountains to ski, ride, climb, and snowshoe. Ever changing winter conditions present a variety of situations making snow sports challenging. Toying with …

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Westward Journey

Westward journey taught me a life lesson. When this journey began, I planned a trip to Utah to attend an anniversary celebration of the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. I was prepared to write about my ten-year reunion with colleagues from the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, where I was employed as Brand …

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