Friday, October 17, 2014

Summer Time British Colombia



Summertime BC

“A river is a river, always there, and yet the water flowing through is never the same and is never still… Are people like that? Am I like that? Always me, always flowing, but always different? Do I change like a river? Sometimes eddying back on myself, sometimes bursting my banks from so much life…”

Summertime, a word with so much meaning. The sun is out, the sound of the river, tall tales of amazing adventure, a warm cooked meal seated with a bunch of friends, laughter and dancing, all of this is real. This summer like many others has had its far share of adventure and good times. I came somewhere new, Squamish, discovered new rivers and a beautiful part of the world and became a part of another amazing community. 

The refugee camp

Our Home for the summer. I find myself using the term “home or house” when I describe where I live, even though it is more of a camp than anything. There was about 11 full time people living at our camp as well as friends coming and going. Our family consisted of mostly international raft guides and a few other friends that work in Squamish. Australians, Kiwis, frenchies, Americans, and a few token Canadians made up our family. Over the summer we have contributed and been a part of daily dinner parties, wine nights, river days, working, concerts and many good memories. We share a tented camp kitchen area, tented living room, washrooms and our actual “house” may be a tent, a van or a homemade cabin. Thank you to the many who have been a part of refugee camp, we love you all.

The Rivers

My first month here I was on full kayak mode and chasing as many new rivers as possible. The actual first week I was here I think I paddled a new section of river each day and sometime 2 new sections a day. Ashlu box canyon, mine run, Elaho “Fear Canyon”, Callagan, Soo, Upper Cheakamus, all rivers that soon became classic summertime runs. With a slow first month of work, we rallied our crew down to Washington for a sweet week of American runs. The kayak charged lasted for a solid month or so while work was slowing pick up. Once we got into full time rafting work the kayaking slowed down a bit, but we always found time for a few Box laps a week, along with maybe a check or Callagan, then some big water fun on Fear Canyon.
This area of BC is a mecca for kayaking and outdoor sports. It has been great to have some amazing friends pass through town and also meet new paddlers from all over. It is crazy the amount of talented paddlers that are in the area, it is always good to see the sport of kayaking being pushed and enjoyed by people from all over the world.

Sometimes Life does not go as planned...
And your face hits a rock, more to this story later.



Ouch

Ashlu Box Canyon
The crew

The Callagan



The Best Australian Paddlers??? Marlow and Riley

Upper Cheakumus, Thanks MJ for the photos
Jean Jean 
Entrance to Fear Canyon


Kern Crew, Evan, Johnny and myself Garibaldi lake
WIne Nights 

Bird Life

Dancing feels this good


BDay parties

Washington Road Trip
Photos by Andraz Krpic , the best Slovenian kayaker, no joke

Tumwater putin


Buddy boating with Riley



Andraz killing it









Tuesday, July 29, 2014

GOOD Morning




The warm sun is coming over the mountains
A breathe of life comes in all forms
When I struggle to see tomorrow, I live for today
To close my eyes and look back on yesterday
I can see the progress and constant move forward
The unknown sometimes brings worry, but I try and focus on the positive
I wander this world, but I have a home
I wander but I have a family
I wander but I have a purpose
I can sit still for I know I am not alone.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

South America

Peru crew Mirko, Evan, Santi, Me and Diego
Futa Viejo Argentina
Rio Blanco



Not much has been written in my blog, but and life has been quite the adventure. Traveling to South America was a blessing in so many ways. The photos and video are just a glimpse of the epic journey we took.

Journal entry May 23rd,

Three months in South America have past and I could not be any happier with the adventure we have lived. From Southern Patagonia to Peru, thousand of Kilometers of driving, new rivers, epic canyons, friends from all over, life could not be better. I am blessed with this freedom, with what the World has given me and the places I have been able to see. Tour De Suenos once again has been amazing.

Live each day to the fullest, embrace adventure, the unknown and be thankful for the beauty life gives.

Gracias por este viaje tan lindo, por los paisajes impresionantes, los rĂ­os maravillosos y los nuevos amigos que he conocido. La Buena Vida my friend, la Buena Vida.





Cotahuasi

Colca
Following Daniel down the Colca




Colca hike in



Upper Santa Teresa



Wake up early sit still and hear the sound

The music of nature fills your mind

Now matter where you go the world is kind

Open your eyes to the positive thoughts

Every new day is a blessing of some way

Reflection comes with time as does strength

For every step we take shapes our lives

To sit still and remember the good times

Give thanks because right now we have today

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Quote

“All I wanted to do was get back to Africa. We had not left it, yet, but when I would wake in the night I would lie, listening, homesick for it already. Now, looking out the tunnel of trees over the ravine at the sky with white clouds moving across in the wind, I loved the country so that I was happy as you are after you have been with a woman that you really love, when, empty, you feel it welling up again and there it is and you can never have it all and yet what there is, now, you can have, and you want more and more, to have, and be, and live in, to possess now again for always, for that long sudden-ended always; making time stand still, sometimes so very still that afterwards you wait to hear it move, and it is slow in starting. But you are not alone because if you have every really loved her happy and untragic, she loves you always; no matter whom she loves nor where she goes she loves you more.”
[Ernest Hemingway, Green Hills of Africa]


Africa is an amazing Place, the world was meant to be seen.