Sapelo Island

Because of the kindness of a stranger, I was able to experience life on a remote unknown island off the coast of Georgia.

I wasn’t even aware that the island existed until recently, a man named Henry invited us to come and stay at his house because our previous travel plans to Yellowstone National Park were cancelled.  He said it was a place for healing.

Not anyone can travel to Sapelo Island; you either have to live there, or be an invited guest.  Tourists are not allowed.  There is one passenger ferry that transports people back and forth to the mainland.  Round trip tickets cost only $5.00.  The island is known as one of the earliest Native American colonies to have existed in the United States and is rich in history.  Sapelo Island, sparsely inhabited and not easily accessible, is both beautiful and historical.

A local friend of Henry’s met us at the ferry and gave us keys to Henry’s truck that was parked at the dock.  He told us to follow him as he guided us through a series of unmarked island roads.  After about four miles, we arrived at Henry’s house which was beautiful and rustic and looked like a scene from a movie set.  The structure stood on wooden stilts and had a large balcony, a porch swing, and a hammock.  Huge oak trees covered in Spanish moss hung over the house, giving it an ancient southern feel.

We found a couple of mountain bikes and decided to go out exploring.  It was late afternoon and the sun was shining as we headed down a dirt road wondering where it would lead us.

The dusty narrow road was tree lined and led us through a sugarcane field.  After riding another two miles, the road turned into sand as it opened up to the oceanfront.   We kicked off our shoes and walked the isolated beach barefoot for hours.  Not a single person was in sight. The southern sun started to sink into the sky, so we decided to leave because we knew that we may not find our way back in the dark.

Sapelo Island, a gift from a stranger, not only provided us with an exciting new travel experience, but the greatest gift he gave us was the reminder of the goodness of others.

Henry, we are forever grateful…

 

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Mindful Biking – Moving Meditation

I recently cycled the Tomorrow River Trail, a secluded historic rail-trail through central Wisconsin.  I thought the route was going to be a relatively easy ride but it turned out to be a challenge due to excessive winds.

When I cycle, I enjoy the adventure, but I also appreciate that its a moving meditation that clears my mind and invigorates me in ways that other sports don’t.  I love that its a combination of physical exercise and mindfulness.

Tomorrow River’s Trail consists of a crushed stone trail that is 29.2 miles long.  It passes through open fields and tree lined paths, extending through several counties.  If you want to get off the trail, there are several small rural towns to explore along the way.

Being an active biker, I try to explore a new trail each week as I love the combination of physical exercise and mindfulness.  If you haven’t tried it yet, get out of your house and start cycling.  There are new trails to explore!

 

Witches Gulch

Not for the Claustrophobic!

Only accessible by boat, Witches Gulch, a narrow slot canyon in southern Wisconsin is an interesting and beautiful hike that makes you wonder if you are still in the Midwest.

Several boat tours will take you to Witches Gulch, and once there, a two mile loop hike will lead you through a hardwood forest and through slot canyons where at some points, you can actually touch both sides of the narrow canyon walls. Water has worn away the sandstone rock as it flows out into the Wisconsin River leaving behind raw natural formations.

I’m not a big fan of narrow spaces although I have hiked through slot canyons in some of the big national parks out west, but finding Witches Gulch in Wisconsin was exciting. Unlike the dry desert terrain of the southwest, Wisconsin Dells is green, lush and humid. The slot canyons are cool and temperate due to the running river and waterfall, making for an easy hike.

If you’re looking for a fun adventure on both boat and land, head for Witches Gulch. You won’t be disappointed.

Adventure Cuisine

On a previous kayaking trip to the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior, I had the opportunity to eat lunch in a wet suit on a sandy shore.  It was the first time I had kayaked to an island and had someone set up a table and catered lunch for me.  The food was tasty, but what was more appetizing was the environment that I was eating in.  It was a fun adventure, not only in travel but in adventure cuisine.

I have also eaten on top of mountains, on ocean beaches, and in the desert in Death Valley.  Eating can be an adventure in itself!

I’ll continue to write and blog about some of my favorite outdoor places to eat!

Personal Adventures

A few years ago, I met with a group of strangers who shared the same passion as me.  Together we spent four days hiking and exploring the Grand Canyon.  It turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life.  Since then, I make it a priority to travel and explore.  Even if I can’t travel far away, I will explore my world locally.

I help people to make the most out of their lives and one of my favorite recommendations is to get out of your comfort zone or daily routine and have a personal adventure.  It’s all about personal self care.  For me, movement feels great.  I love hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking and being in nature.  Nature is a natural drug that feeds my body, mind and soul.

Whatever you have been postponing or putting off, do it today, or make plans to make it happen.  Since I took my first hiking trip to the Grand Canyon, I have never looked back.  I now search out new places, new people, new foods, new pathways and new adventures to try.  Life doesn’t have to be boring.  It’s up to you!

Mexican Street Corn

When traveling through Mexico, I found myself drooling over the sight and smell of Mexican sweet corn being prepared and sold on city streets.  Being allergic to dairy, I had to pass on the corn, but recently I made Mexican sweet corn with a vegan twist, creating a healthy and tasty version of the street corn that I had to pass up on my travels.

Ingredients
4-6 ears of sweet corn
1/4 Cup Vegan Violife Feta Cheese
1/3 Cup Vegan Tofutti Sour Cream
1 tsp Paprika
2 Cloves crushed garlic
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp fresh cilantro chopped
1/2 tsp of salt
1/4 tsp pepper

 

Directions:

Boil corn for 10 minutes.  Cover with sauce. preheat oven and broil for 2-3 for minutes until melted.

Grill or BBQ:

  1. Char directly on grill for approximately 15 minutes or until desired.
  2. Whisk together vegan sour cream, garlic, cilantro, lime, paprika, cilantro, salt and pepper.  Spread on hot sweet corn, add feta cheese and enjoy!