Being a runner, one of the things I’ve appreciated most is the opportunities I’ve had to set goals, smash them and prove that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible. I hate the treadmill and firmly believe that the best way to see a new city is on foot. I have had so many awesome runs through the monuments of Washington, DC (where most of my runs take place); Central Park in New York City; the sulty, sweaty streets of Miami; the beautiful shore hugging streets of Portland, Maine and so many places in between. I’ve gotten lost on runs, I’ve made friends while running trails and I’ve found myself on long, solo runs where it is just me and my thoughts. Running has changed me and has made me a fan of living a no barriers lifestyle.
Nature’s Valley also believes in living a no barriers lifestyle and is supporting Erik Weihenmayer as he seeks to kayak the Grand Canyon’s Colorado River. Erik is the only blind adventurer to climb the seven highest summits in the world and lives a no barriers life every day.
This is a pretty amazing feat and I am so excited to follow along with Erik’s journey. You can follow along here. I know I find myself pretty inspired by Erik’s determination and grit.
Here are the deets of Erik’s trip:
The “No Barriers Grand Canyon Expedition” is a 21-day, 277 mile journey through some of the world’s most challenging whitewater terrain in the Colorado River.
· Erik Weihenmayer will be supported by an experienced paddling team, and joined by accomplished kayaker and Navy veteran Lonnie Bedwell. Together, Erik and Lonnie will demonstrate the power of harnessing inner strength to overcome challenging barriers.
· Preparation for the Expedition has been extensive, with both Weihenmayer and Bedwell spending the last several years training and developing innovative systems for kayaking rapids with support from high-tech radios and verbal commands from river guides.
· The trip will begin on September 7 at Lees Ferry, nine miles south of the Arizona-Utah border. Erik and his team expect to complete the expedition on or around September 28 at Pearce Ferry, which marks the boundary between Lake Mead and the Grand Canyon.
How do you live with no barriers? Share your story and take the no barriers pledge today! http://www.nobarriersusa.org/take-the-pledge/
note: This post was sponsored via Nature’s Valley through Sverve, but all opinions and respect and admiration for what Erik is doing is all mine.