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Australia: Dancing With Dolphins In The Water

“Let’s cage ourselves and let the animals run free. Let’s find new stars and new songs to follow. Let’s build some foundations under our dreams. For if we have the prowess to destroy the earth, then we can surely save [...]

Billions On Bicycles

Millions of people around the globe ride bicycles, but I have never been so affected by bicycle riders than when I rode through the streets of Beijing, China. That country houses 1.35 billion people. Their main transportation? The bicycle. With [...]

Your Most Powerful Passport To Adventure: Self-Confidence

In my early years friends warned that I would get killed by bicycling, mountain climbing and scuba diving for a year in South America. They feared I might die by traveling across the Outback of Australia. It confounded them that I wanted to [...]

Cycling Nepal: Face To Face With A Cobra

“The sublime and the ridiculous are so often nearly related, that it is difficult to class them separately. One step above the sublime makes the ridiculous, and one step above the ridiculous makes the sublime again.” Thomas Paine Mount [...]

Leap For Death Or Leap For Life

Heading east on Route 92 out of Provo, Utah, Sandi and I cranked hard through the afternoon. Above us, craggy 10,000 foot peaks poked into a cloudy sky. We sweated our way through deep canyons. We stopped for a rest area at a turnout. “Sure [...]

Will You Live Or Die On An Adventure?

Mark Twain said, “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” On my first trip to Alaska as a young adventure-seeker at 24, I woke up in my tent on the Russian River of the Kenai [...]

Your Edge Equates to Maximizing Yourself

No matter what you learned in your youth, good or bad, you can change that orientation by understanding what happened to you. With understanding, you can rewrite the hard drive in your mind. You can decide to take action. You can move toward [...]
Talons From The Sky: Coiled Scales On The Ground

Talons From The Sky: Coiled Scales On The Ground

Heading eastbound across southern California, the sun set low in the sky. We looked for a campsite in the rocky terrain east of Joshua Tree National Monument. “We better find a spot soon,” Sandi said. “I’m looking, dear,” I said. Up [...]
Learning To Live Above Your Demons

Learning To Live Above Your Demons

You’ve got them. I’ve got them. Everybody’s got them. They haunt our dreams. They foment our insecurities. They make us doubt ourselves. They play with our subconscious. They cause us to make silly choices. What are they? Answer: our demons. How [...]
Wonder of Bicycle Travel: Magic Moments

Wonder of Bicycle Travel: Magic Moments

It could happen in the morning when you pedal down the highway to see dewdrops sparkling off the leaves of a cherry tree. You stop to pull cherries off the tree along the Lewis and Clark Trail in Oregon. Their succulent sugars bathe your mouth [...]
Difference Between An Average Life Vs. A Spectacular Life

Difference Between An Average Life Vs. A Spectacular Life

Do you work a nine to five disinteresting job? Do you watch four hours of television everyday after work? Are your weekends filled with powerboats, beer and grilled ribs? Do you lust for the thrill of the NFL season? Will you be remembered for [...]
Losing My Anchor At My Mother’s Passing

Losing My Anchor At My Mother’s Passing

This summer, after two years existing under assisted living, my mother passed away peacefully in her sleep. My two younger brothers and I stood near the bed watching her life energy ebb, wane and finally, vanish. She spoke her last words in [...]
Coulter Bay, Grand Tetons, Fleeting Moment

Coulter Bay, Grand Tetons, Fleeting Moment

On your bicycle, backpack, canoe or any journey, there’s always that special “moment” that pops out of nowhere. It flashes in front of you much like an ephemeral lightning bolt out of the heavens. It strikes your eyes, your senses, your [...]
Meloti and Isabel Wijsen: Bye, Bye Plastic Bags on Bali

Meloti and Isabel Wijsen: Bye, Bye Plastic Bags on Bali

Two sisters, Meloti and Isabel Wijsen, 12 and 10, noticed plastic bags clogging the beaches, streams, streets and highways around their tiny island of Bali. What they witnessed appalled them. Ironically, Bali tourist organizations sang praises [...]

A Marmot’s Words: “Welcome To My World!”

Verdant green lodge pole pines blanket the Mount Holy Cross Wilderness region. A cobalt sky profiles rolling mountain tundra while gray rock peaks push against the universe. In the valleys, snow-fed sparkling rivers cascade over boulders, while [...]

Life’s Coffin or Life’s Highway to Heaven

What do your really need in your life each day? Food, water and a place to lay your head! Maybe a few friends to support your journey and share conversations! You need some kind of activity that provides purpose and a feeling of accomplishment. [...]

Bicycling the Continental Divide—Grizzly Attack

Yellowstone National Park: when Gerry and Dave pedaled westward, I felt my heart grow sad. At the gate entrance of Madison Junction campground, I paid my bill for the “Hike-biker” section. No laughter tonight around the campfire. I pitched [...]
Podcast: Planning A "Gap Year"

Podcast: Planning A “Gap Year”

Listen Here: Marianne Bohr is a travel blogger for the Huffington Post and author of Gap Year Girl: A Baby Boomer Adventure Across 21 Countries. Planning A “Gap Year” What is a Gap year? How do you muster up the courage to sell [...]

Wildflowers in the Mist: Mountain Climbing

“A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter that the outcome, [...]

Bear Scare: Why Is My Hair Standing On End?

Adventure is not always comfortable; however, it’s still adventure. It’s not always safe, either. Whatever it is, it beats a couch, remote control and the indolent TV any day of the week. Our first canoe trip of the summer proved green trees, [...]

ARRESTED FOR HAVING TOO MUCH FUN!

“When something becomes too much fun, the government will move swiftly to tax it.” -Disgruntled Taxpayer Outside Vicksburg, Mississippi, on Route 80, my brother Howard and I cranked east through the afternoon heat. Sweat dripped from our [...]

High Altitude Adventure: Hut-to-Hut

“Have you known the Great White Silence? Not a snow-gemmed twig aquiver? Eternal truths that shame our soothing lives? Have you broken trail on snowshoes? Mushed your huskies up the river? Dared the unknown, led the way, and clutched the [...]

OF MYTH AND LEGEND: STURGIS MOTORCYCLE RALLY

They say, “Good girls go to heaven and bad girls go to Sturgis!” That’s why ALL the boys, including preacher’s sons, go to Sturgis! On the back of one motorcycle rider’s shirt, “One week of Sturgis makes the other 51 weeks bearable!” The [...]

Packing My Love to Go with Me

2016. My time finding my main home in Santa Cruz is up. The living room has flooded.  The over grown traffic has driven through my partnership with  ocean-air! Winds usher me to another town. I will continue to offer sessions to clients [...]

An Enormous Mountain of Emotional Bliss

Backcountry mountaineering takes guts, gumption and strength. Not for the meek. Not for the lazy. Not for the mild. It taxes and tantalizes at the same time. The wilderness summons the deep, primordial spirit of mountain men and women. It spills [...]

A Blind Man’s Quest To Backpack The World

From the inception of the human race on planet Earth, intrepid men and women followed their ‘adventure inclinations’ to explore the continents, oceans and outer space. Some raft, some swim, some climb and some fly. And some sling a heavy [...]

Your Spirit of Adventure: It Carries You to the Ends of the Earth

The difference between an average life and a fantastic life of adventure as defined by you, hinges on three things… Your thoughts that become realities by your hand; actions that move you toward your destiny; and, a deep persistence knowing [...]

How To Empty Your Emotional Backpack When It Gets Too Heavy

Each winter I load my backpack up for mountaineering skiing to 10th Mountain Huts in the Rocky Mountains. I load survival gear to make sure I don’t die while I cross-country up to the top of 13,000-foot mountains at 40 below zero. In the summers, [...]

Living In The Conversation of Your Life

Six days a week, I wake up early, pull on my jeans and head to the recreation center where I commit my body to a two hour workout. I swim a half-mile, lift weights, run, bicycle and meditate along with stretching in the hot tub. Why? I engage [...]

Mountains for Breakfast, Sunsets for Dessert, Camping for Your Dreams

This year, a longtime friend asked me to go on a bicycle journey with him down the West Coast from Canada to Mexico. The journey encompassed 2,000 miles of the Pacific Ocean, mountains, beaches, seabirds, whales, seals, otters, dolphins and [...]

Choosing Low Self-Esteem: Carrying The Mental Equivalent For Self-defeat

Millions of Americans live their lives with low self-esteem. Teenagers learn it from one or both parents. Others choose it by comparing themselves with movie stars. Many young women mutter to themselves, “I’m not good enough…I’m not [...]

Bottled Lightning: Skin Your Knees On Eternity

At the beginning of my presentations on “How to Live a Life of Adventure” at high schools, colleges, civic clubs and church groups, my first words exclaim, “I live a spectacular life!” After the audience digests such brash words, I invite [...]

Your Creative Mind: Unpredictable Collision of Thought and Circumstance

How do ideas strike you? When do they hit? Have you heard of the phrase, “Stroke of luck…flash of insight…eureka moment!” Creativity involves anticipation mingled with uncertainty. For the record, ideas grow out of your brain through [...]

The Flash Mob Phenomenon in the Age of Aquarius

The Flash Mob phenomenon is a relatively new thing made possible by the internet and other social media. It’s a marvelous concept in which, by pre-arrangement, a group of people come together in a public venue in order to perform (usually) [...]

The Point Of True Beginning: Your Perfection

Back in the 1880s while living as a sawyer in Yosemite National Park, America’s first ecologist, John Muir, lived face to face with nature. He climbed into the High Sierras throughout his life. He summited mountains, fished in clear streams [...]