Wednesday, 26 August 2015 12:20

This summer has had many inspiring adventures

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I have good news. In the last edition of this column, I shared the story of Keith Lynch, a man who quit a 20-year career in finance to pursue his dream of paddling 4,000 miles.

 

As I mentioned last month, Keith was nominated for Canoe and Kayak Magazine’s Spirit of Adventure Award. The competition was intense and Keith needed your help to garner as many votes as possible. You didn’t disappoint him. The good news is that he accepted the award Aug. 5 at a gala event in Salt Lake City, Utah.
“I am humbled and honoured to have won the Spirit of Adventure Award,” explained Keith. “It’s also a symbol for the paddling community and fellow river lovers that assisted me along the way. What set out as an adventure evolved into a spiritual transformation where I developed a love of paddling, our rivers, and nature.”
During his odyssey, Keith was taken aback by the kindness of strangers. He was fed, housed and assisted by dozens of river angels, as the friendly people along waterways are known. One such river angel, a retired police officer in Alexandria, Louisiana even took Keith for a plane ride over the Red River of the South.
This was one of several rivers Keith paddled on his trip from Montana to Texas.
Since we’re on the subject of people who do interesting things, let’s follow up on Dale Sanders who also goes by the name The Grey Beard Adventurer. You may remember Dale from previous editions of Your Life is Now. He’s the 80-year-old who has spent this summer trying to earn a spot in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest person to canoe the entire Mississippi River, all 2,320 miles of it.
His trip began in May in Minnesota where the Mighty Mississippi is narrow enough to hop across. As the river twists and turns south, it become wider and wider as tributaries from most of the central United States, and even a few from Canada, join the water’s descent to the Gulf of Mexico, which is where the Mississippi ends.
Dale is motivated by two goals. The first is to earn a Guinness record and the second is to raise money to battle juvenile diabetes, a lifelong condition his 10-year-old grandniece Anna is afflicted with. There is no cure. The Grey Beard Adventurer would like to generate $20,000 for research into this dreaded disease.
At last tally, his total is $17,115.88. 
Dale is currently in Louisiana and is very close to completing this once-in-a-lifetime journey.
His grandniece Anna will be waiting for him on a boat in the Gulf. There is little doubt Dale’s arrival will be an emotional experience for both of them. 
If you would like to follow Dale’s progress, he carries a beacon that updates his location in real time. Click on “Track Me” at http://www.greybeardadventurer.com.
(Dominique Liboiron is a speaker, author, teacher, journalist and photographer. To raise awareness about heart disease and to honour the life of one of its victims, Liboiron canoed from Saskatchewan to New Orleans. He is the first person to undertake that journey. He enjoys outdoor sports such as camping, hunting, fly fishing and canoeing. For more information about his speaking engagements, phone 306-661-8975 or visit www.canoetoneworleans.com.)

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Dominique Liboiron

Dominique Liboiron is a speaker, author, teacher, journalist and photographer. To raise awareness about heart disease and to honour the life of one of its victims, Liboiron canoed from Saskatchewan to New Orleans. He is the first person to undertake that journey. He enjoys outdoor sports such as camping, hunting, fly fishing and canoeing.