This past weekend Ben got the chance to borrow a canoe and paddle the Cumberland River with his friend Jason in search of trout. Always interested in a challenge, the boys fished with dry flies the whole time (which many say is way tougher), they battled July heat, and a raging generator that made the water in the river rise and fall unexpectedly. They slept in hammocks, ate freeze-dried food, and caught plenty of brookies, browns, and bows! I'm proud of my dude & I continue to be inspired by his willingness to be uncomfortable for the sake of adventure & fish.
The Opening Ceremonies of the London 2012 Summer Olympics are today & this story inspired me.
Ray Ewry won eight Olympic gold medals in 1900, 1904 and 1908, yet he is almost unknown today because his unprecedented feats were performed in events that are no longer held: the standing high jump, the standing long jump and the standing triple jump. Born 14 October 1873, Ewry contracted polio as a young boy. Confined to a wheelchair, it was thought that he might be paralysed for life. However, he began exercising on his own and grew up to be a superb athlete. Ewry won all three standing jump events at the 1900 Olympics in Paris. He defended all three titles in 1904. The standing triple jump was dropped from the Olympic program in 1908, but Ewry won both the standing high jump and the standing long jump for a third time. All standing jumps were dropped from the Olympics after 1912.
Over the past year I've had the daily privilege of being inspired, challenged, & encouraged by my sweet friend, Mel. She is approaching marriage & I have the honor of being one of her maids. She is an avid paddler, a soccer rock star, my skiing sidekick, a beloved friend to many, and someone who’s graciousness makes me smile everyday.
Melanie Ann Nichter
What is your favorite childhood memory?
Tying camping supplies to my saddle and trail-blazing on my quarter horse named "Ringo Starr" (A tribute to my favorite Beatles member) If you were an animal what would you be? A dinosaur. Need I explain? What is your favorite memory of your dad? EVERY Saturday morning he took my bro and I to eat Egg McMuffins from McDonalds. What are you obsessed with? My FRIENDS. Most poignant goal for the next five years? In light of this new adventure I’m about to embark on called MARRIAGE, here are my most poignant goal(s) for the next five years: 1)Finishing up my degree at seminary whilst traveling wherever the wind may blow Alex and me. 2)Taking care of a family full of curly-headed little ones. 3)Successfully owning and maintaining a GINORMOUS chicken coop. What is your favorite item of clothing? My green American Eagle shorts. Hand-me-downs from my first roommate in college (thanks Kristen!) Their frayed edges and over-sized pockets carry memories from my first day of college, first solo international trip, and ENGAGEMENT to THE Alex Duke. If you could stop only one injustice what would it be? Human trafficking. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Sulawesi, Indonesia. What is your favorite thing to chew? Pen caps. Really bad habit. If you could only do one thing every day for the rest of your life what would it be? Chew pen caps. Kidding. It’s a close race between performing in hip-hop dance contests or leading Segway Tours across the world (you probably think I'm kidding.) What is your manifesto? “Now, Lord, I would be yours alone And live so all might see The strength to follow Your commands Could never come from me Oh Father, use my ransomed life In any way You choose And let my song forever be My only boast is You.” When you think of adventure what comes to mind? INDONESIA. Climbing through the night to the top of Mount Marape to freeze my butt off and watch the sun rise over Bukittinggi. (West Sumatra) OR making new friends and riding their motorcycles all through the town of Kerinci. (South Sumatra) OR hiking through the jungles of Bukit Lawang (North Sumatra) and feeding carrots to wild orangutan. (Is your mouth watering yet? LET’S GO!)
This post is part of a series I plan on doing every week. The questions are designed to provoke memories and thoughts that will expose the subject’s sense of self, and the pictures are always going to be self portraits, contributed by the subject, therefore showing them just as they wish to be shown.
Things have been pretty strange around home lately. Mom and Dad went somewhere and I stayed here. Sarah stayed with me and I tricked her a lot. For example, she didn’t know I know how to find all the food that ever existed, so I was good for a while, and then I finished it all in one morning while she was in the shower. She called me a “bidge” or something. Second of all, I realized that when it's really hot my paws get really hot walking, so I started scratching the inside of my water bowl so my feet get wet. Also, I figured out that jumping in water is very refreshing. I'm a little chunky, so I sink when I can’t really touch the bottom, but I figured out how to hang on the side, so I can chill poolside like that yo. Also, we have new neighbors. I keep barking at the man when he rides that loud bike, but other than that they seem cool.
Picture a patagonia-clad chick and a hairy Scotsman in a flannel, being sent to Army basic training on a beautiful day in Heaven, and you'll get pretty close to our trip in Denali. I could walk you through each spongy step over the tundra, every curve of a canyon wall, and each mangy bear we laid eyes on but you'd probably get bored (and I definitely would). Instead, here are the highlights: -the smell of primrose and lemon balm on our first hike up mt Margaret -the wind whipping our tent so that it sounded like an opening kite on a spring day -being two of the few lucky people that see the mountain clearly. -losing an iPod and getting over it because birds sing all night in Alaska. -getting swallowed by tangled brush -a charging caribou who changed his mind -crossing a river that Alaskans call a creek and filling up our boots with 45* water. -coming upon another tent 8 miles into the deep wilderness that has no trails. - dreaming that the portal to Heaven is right through that clearing -hearing the man from the other tent scream his head off at midnight -seeing a white grizzly in the backcountry -looking for grayling and reading proverbs on a stream bank -running from a thunder storm with 45 lbs on our backs -being offered a free ride to anchorage -having somewhere familiar to stay with new friends when we got there. Denali was awesome