For the past few years, Don and I have been able to dedicate a good portion of our US time to our passion–kayaking. Without a mortgage, car payments, or lavish eating habits, we’ve been able to save our money to travel and kayak during our off season from Ecuador. (Larry doesn’t have it too bad either guiding in the Grand Canyon during the summers, but hey, work is work)! Looking through our old photos, I feel fortunate that we’ve been able to see so many beautiful places from our kayaks.
People often ask, “when are you going to get serious, get real jobs and settle down?” I guess I’ve always known this, but have recently reconstituted my belief that life is too short to worry about what society wants us to do. So, damn it, we are going to live how we want to live while we can! When we don’t feel like kayaking and traveling anymore, then we’ll get serious, get real jobs and settle down. But for now, those things just don’t suit us.
Oh, and by the way, kayaking guiding in Ecuador is a real job!
(Descending down into the Cofanes River Valley, Sucumbios Province Ecuador. Cayembe rises above the clouds in the background, and there is amazing rainforest as far as we could see. Yet another incredible place we were lucky enough to visit, 2010).
(Darcy learning to back stab on Diagonal Ledges Wave Lower Gauley West Virginia. 2006)
So, whatever it is that makes you “tick” whether that be kayaking, skiing, your kids, good music, etc…make sure you soak it in as much as you can! Always remember to work hard for what you want and have some fun while you’re at it.