“Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You” – Mary Schmich
What would life be if we didn’t have little adventures every now and then? It doesn’t where or what, as long as I get outside and just do something. Below you can read about some of the adventures I’ve been on, many of which I just discovered along the way, like river sledging and canyon swinging in New Zealand, or being surrounded by a million jellyfish in Palau. Age is just a number, and as long as my body and mind is intact, I’ll keep doing this until something gives. One of the best pieces of wisdom I’ve read is to do one thing each day that scares you. So, tell me, what scares YOU? And what’s keeping you from doing it anyway?
Deciding to go to Iceland was the easy part. Choosing the time of year to go was much harder. During the summer, you can get nearly 23 hours of daylight, which opens up all kinds of possibility for traveling at different hours of the day.
It was a little hard to wrap my head around it at first, but in the middle of Iceland is a fissure filled with some of the clearest water in the world.
Adventure Survival Tip #5: Carry Krazy Glue. Once upon a time, I glissaded down the side of a snowy mountain, lost control, slipped, tried to self-arrest for the first time without any prior practice, split my head open with my ice ax, self-arrested properly the second time around, and preventing myself from serious harm or death.
Antelope Canyon is one of those places that you just want to photograph, even if it’s been done a million times.
Close your eyes and imagine a gaping volume of emptiness and darkness deep underground. Now imagine a string of neon lights descending in a geometric spiral down this vast space.
Melbourne is the one of the few cities that feel so much like San Francisco that it’s almost like being home for me.
This is how my first skydive happened. Friend: So the Pho here is actually pretty good. I’ve been craving Vietnamese food lately.
From my personal journal. “When I last looked at the altimeter, it was inching slowly above 3000 ft. Very slowly. I estimated that I’d have another 2-3 minutes to go before we hit 4000 ft.
Prior to my arrival into New Zealand, I knew three things about New Zealand: 1. They have a lot of sheep.
The very idea of swimming in a body of water surrounded by an endless swarm of jellyfish is something that might send shivers down the spine most of people, and that same idea is precisely why I flew all the way out to the remote islands of Palau.
As a diver, there’s been 3 things I’ve really wanted to see underwater and those damn 3 things have eluded me for the last 6 years across countless dive sites.
This is an accompanying piece to my story about That Time I Walked The Wing Of Moving Plane. It provides a deeper look into the training sequence involved to get started with wing walking at the Mason Wing Walking Academy in Sequim, Washington.
I’ve been on some amazing adventures, but this next one might just be the most audacious one yet. How else would you describe a 14-day, 3000 km adventure across India in a 7-horsepower rickshaw?
1. Brick It verb \ ‘brik it \ : To “Brick it” is to “sh*t a brick”, where one is scared to the point that one not only loses control of their bowels, they lose control epically, resulting in something akin to a brick being dispelled and left behind.
The Amazon rainforest is a beautiful and wild place. It’s also quite big, so while most of it is in Brazil, you can still visit from within Colombia, Equador, Venezuela, Bolivia and Peru.
Slot canyons are fun to play around in, unless you’re that guy from 127 hours. After Zion Canyon, my friend Alex and I found a small little slot canyon at Lambs Knoll and did a bit of climbing.