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Re: Unique travellers we can all admire.

Postby IncaTrail50 » Thu Feb 12, 2009 7:18 pm

Wow! What small world, Judy...my nextdoor neighbour is also a columnist for El Ojo del Lago! We live in a very small town about one hour southwest of Toronto in Canada. We have looked after his house for years while he and his wife spend their winters in their second home at Lake Chapala. He writes "This World of Ours". He's also in his 80s and still travels all over. They're away so much we're not sure why they actually have a house!

And...an inspiring story...Although my grandma didn't travel much she did deliver meals to shut-in old folks until she was 88, driving her little car through treacherous east-coast Canadian winters and walking up three or four flights of stairs to do so. She only stopped because they were going to make her go to the doctor to renew her license and since she'd never been to a doctor she wasn't about to start at that age...she'd heard stories she might have to get naked :lol: She lived to be 99 and continued to work away at the church suppers, still making meals for others! It's one of my best sports images, my little grandma in her new Nike crosstrainers ready to trek up long flights of stairs with her big insulated coolers of food :lol:
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Re: Unique travellers we can all admire.

Postby hamilh » Fri Feb 13, 2009 7:54 pm

Just sat in on a lecture from a guy that was a part of Skydive Everest... now that is one way to climb the mountain!!!
http://www.everestskydive.com/index.php
It was an incredible story, but not for those of us on a budget... the tandem jumps were going for $33,000 a pop and solo jumps were $14,000! Yikes! But, what a way to see the Himalayas!!!
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Re: Unique travellers we can all admire.

Postby JaliscoJudy » Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:36 pm

What small world, Judy...my nextdoor neighbour is also a columnist for El Ojo del Lago! We live in a very small town about one hour southwest of Toronto in Canada.


Small world is right! Although, there are so many Canadians here in the winter that we wonder who could possibly be left holding down the fort. Now I know. You!

Sounds like I would have liked your grandma. Let's hope we got those good genes!
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Re: Unique travellers we can all admire.

Postby jimshu » Thu Jun 18, 2009 4:53 pm

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The Mission: Become the first person to kayak, alone and unaided, around the world’s fourth largest island - Madagascar.
For all those interested in Madagascar,I hope we're all keeping up with this guy.
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Re: Unique travellers we can all admire.

Postby jimshu » Sun Nov 15, 2009 12:23 am

There's been a big controversy downunder over parents encouraging this gutsy youngster to attempt this .
Will she become the youngest female to sail around the world solo?
http://www.jessicawatson.com.au/the-latest-news
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Re: Unique travellers we can all admire.

Postby JaliscoJudy » Sun Nov 15, 2009 11:40 am

jimshu wrote:There's been a big controversy downunder over parents encouraging this gutsy youngster to attempt this .
Will she become the youngest female to sail around the world solo?
http://www.jessicawatson.com.au/the-latest-news


Jessica might die out there, but young people die every day doing risky things. I'm sure she's more prepared for her adventure than your average teen on a wilderness camping trip.

Would we remember Emilia Earhart if she hadn't disappeared? And, then there's that whole gene pool aspect...

Go Jessica!
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Re: Unique travellers we can all admire.

Postby jimshu » Sat Nov 21, 2009 6:34 pm

You're right Judy.There are many people who just cannot fathom that the spirit of real adventure travel still abounds.And that individuals are attempting some amazing things still, these days.
There was a guy on another travel forum ,whose posts were hard to understand, as English wasn't his first language.And he posted in a Colorado forum that he wanted advice on riding a horse across the State.
And the 'experts' there tried to sabotage his attempts.Threatening to ring state authorities and animal rights groups to stop his attempts.
Now I know that parts of those states are deserts, or fenced off private properties, and a horseback trip would have to be well planned, supply stops worked out, horse changes planned for.But everyone else wanted him to be stopped from doing it.
Apart from 1 other person, a motorcross trail rider, who pointed out that there is a series of trails they use that could be linked, and used.And he pm'd me and thanked me for standing up against the 'bullies'.
I just couldn't fathom how so many jumped up and down that he should not be allowed to horseback such a trip.When around the world, horseback wilderness trekking is a growing adventure sport.There's a New Zealand guy rode a horse across Mongolia,.Very nearly perished in high mountain snow storms.
He then went onto elude Chinese authorities for a while , by riding across Tibet.Got caught and thrown out.
There's a guy last year rode a horse across Southern Africa.
There is now a horse trek across the Andes ,Chile to Argentina.Or the Silk Road.
But ride across Colorado, and people get upset.
Hey,. there is still adventure out there.And amazing people are still doing it! :D
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Re: Unique travellers we can all admire.

Postby jimshu » Sun Dec 13, 2009 7:17 pm

And adventure travel doesn't have to be in weird and far off places.Nor expensive.
http://www.freedomskate.co.nz/index.php ... e&Itemid=3

And when this guy has finished skating New Zealand, he's heading over to coast to coast the USA!
Now GAP, where's your skateboard tours?
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Re: Unique travellers we can all admire.

Postby owena » Fri Feb 05, 2010 4:13 am

I would like to tell you all about my son, Ben's trip.After leaving a great and settled job here he moved to a new company in Dubai in September 08 to start a new life but he was made redundant in April 09 as the plug was pulled on the middle east office. Undeterred and unbeaten he decided to buy a motorbike, take his test (never having ridden a motorbike before) and ride from Alaska to Argentina on his own. He left for Halifax, Nova Scotia on 14th July and rode across Canada before even reaching Alaska. He hasn't set a time limit for his trip (although he says he will be back in time for the world cup), has ridden 25,000 miles so far and is currently in Guatemala (or at least he was last week!). He has met some fantastic people, many who have gone the extra mile just when he needed it and is having a fantastic time. Not sure if this is a pre mid life crisis as he hits 30 in March but whatever it is we are really proud at the way he picked himself up and did something different and amazing!

If only I was his age again!

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Re: Unique travellers we can all admire.

Postby JaliscoJudy » Mon Mar 08, 2010 9:30 am

Ok, I know I already mentioned my mom but she died on February 10 at 88 years old and was still making travel plans (Angkor Wat and Petra were both on her hit list).

Here is link to a tribute to her written by archaeologist Neil McKinnon that appears in the March edition of the "Ojo del Lago," a monthly magazine published in Chapala, Mexico for which she wrote the centerfold column each month called "Magnificent Mexico." I know the story and I still found it inspiring to read.

http://issuu.com/ojodellago/docs/march2010/40

If you click on the page, it becomes readable size. The article is two pages with a 4-page advertisement in the middle which you have to page through.

The attached travel photo was taken during a trip to the Yucatan in 2007, shortly after she got a super duper walker with wheels and a seat. Uxmal was our first stop and as I came around a corner I saw the scene depicted below. She had ditched the walker and slid up the stairs on her derriere. After this trip, she created a new travel column called "Have Walker, Will Travel."
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Re: Unique travellers we can all admire.

Postby jimshu » Tue Mar 09, 2010 3:46 am

Probably one of the greatest photos I've seen!
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Re: Unique travellers we can all admire.

Postby IncaTrail50 » Tue Mar 09, 2010 6:36 am

Aawww, Judy, I'm sorry about your Mom. That picture of her walker is one of my favourites. I remember when you originally posted it. Thanks for including the link to the article. What an amazing, inspirational life she had.
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Re: Unique travellers we can all admire.

Postby JaliscoJudy » Sat May 15, 2010 10:35 am

JaliscoJudy wrote:
jimshu wrote:There's been a big controversy downunder over parents encouraging this gutsy youngster to attempt this .
Will she become the youngest female to sail around the world solo?
http://www.jessicawatson.com.au/the-latest-news


Jessica might die out there, but young people die every day doing risky things. I'm sure she's more prepared for her adventure than your average teen on a wilderness camping trip.

Would we remember Emilia Earhart if she hadn't disappeared? And, then there's that whole gene pool aspect...

Go Jessica!


She made it! Seven months at sea -- I'm humbled at the thought.

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Re: Unique travellers we can all admire.

Postby jimshu » Sat May 15, 2010 5:27 pm

An incredible achievement!Gutsy gal that!
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Re: Unique travellers we can all admire.

Postby bnandres » Tue Aug 10, 2010 2:48 pm

Here's one from today's news :) : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-10852783
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