He was tall–about 7’2″, hence the name: Stretch. And when he grabbed those rocks, I should have known something was about to go down, literally.
For several years my two uncles, Rodney and Bob, and my father had embarked on whitewater rafting tours, leaving me behind because I was “too young.” They always returned to society refreshed somehow in a way I couldn’t understand. This year, they had eschewed their unspoken protocol; my status was upgraded from child to adult (I was seventeen at the time), and I was invited to go along.
“Jonathan, we’re going to Idaho,” Dad said.
“Okay,” I said. My mental response was: Great. Potatoes and flatland, and we will be floating down a glass-still river and I’ll be bored. You finally ask me to go after two years, and it is to Idaho. What happened to going somewhere like the Grand Canyon? Continue reading Rafting the snake finding god in idahos hells canyon
Patrick Murky is a competitive swimmer with his sights set on making the 2012 Olympic team. Before being recruited for the University of Texas at Austin’s swim team, he spent a lot of his high school years–usually more than 20 hours every week with his swim coach, Brian King. Practices, swim meets, and travel time meant that Murphy and his coach shared a lot more than just a love of swimming.
Over the years, King has become a part of Murphy’s family. “Brian is a combination of friend and family–in a way I look at him like a big brother,” says Murphy, 18. When Murphy’s father became very sick a few years ago, King stepped in and made sure Murphy got to practice, kept up with his schoolwork, and had someone to talk to. “I view myself as something of a father figure to Pat. He knows he can tell me anything, and I’m there for him,” says King. “We are very close.”
The relationship between Murphy and his coach is not unusual. For many teens, a coach is more than someone who will teach them how to play a sport. Coaches can have many other roles in kids’ lives, according to Sandra Short, professor of physical education and exercise science at the University of North Dakota. “Coaches can be teachers, mentors, parents, role models, friends, motivators, advisers, and even career counselors to the kids they coach,” she says.
Lexi B. isn’t an athlete–she’s an actor. Lexi spends several hours each week rehearsing with her acting coach, Jody Davidson, as part of a youth theater ensemble. The high school junior is learning a lot about the business of acting from Davidson and views Davidson’s role in her life as that of a teacher and mentor. “I’ve had some situations when I have had to go to Jody to get advice about dealing with things I’ve found difficult, like not getting a part I really wanted,” says Lexi. Continue reading Leading at the game of life coaches help young people on and off the field
Vietnam is such a beautiful country to explore. There are many tourist spots that travelers would not like to miss when they are in the country. No matter how much time they have, they would make sure that they can roam around the most beautiful and the most popular tourist Vietnam intinerary 3 days . There are so many amazing countries in the southeastern part of Asia, but Vietnam is always chosen as one of the most visited spots. Why do they choose Vietnam? It is because in this country, tourist spots are not just simply a place to visit, but a place where you can learn and enjoy at the same time.
On and off the shore, you can choose which part of Vietnam to visit. It is also best to travel and move around Vietnam on board and enjoy the river cruise. It is not always that expensive to roam around Vietnam while you are on the boat or ship. Many travelers consider much of their expenses when it comes to traveling that is why most of them choose to travel by car or bus on the road. But, it will always be a great and a memorable experience to cruise along the rivers in Vietnam.
If you are looking for a cruise tour in Vietnam, you can find various travel agencies and tourist guides to accompany you on your trip. Through them, you can have a more convenient stay on the river. You can hear a lot of stories and they can be of big help to you, especially if you have a different culture. Travel companies can give you the best satisfaction and what you are expecting on your cruise tour. They are specialized in doing such job, so you will not surely fail your one of a kind trip on the river.
One of the best spots to cruise is the Perfume River or the Song Huong River. Many visitors come to Hue to cruise along this river because during the Fall season, the flowers from the orchards drop into the river. This produces the scent that made the people call this river as the Perfume River. Aside from that, this water is clean and unpolluted. From the river, you can have a nice view of the rice fields and the Ngu Binh Mountain. It is also good to watch the sun set and the city. From here you can find some dragon boat ride through the city of Hue. Continue reading Cruise tour and intinerary in Vietnam
I read once that Bhutan–where Shangri-la was thought to be located–is one of the last areas on earth still untouched, pristine in all its vistas; it is called a place where nature and people live in harmony. Untainted flora and unhunted fauna live among humans in a symbiosis unheard of in the developed world. The beauty there astounds all who see it. I fancied myself a monk, finding my peace and place in life hung in the air between God and the canyon floor; this would be my monastery, my quiet place. I felt small–compared to the earth. Not the bad kind of small, but rather the uncomfortable cleansing terror of something bigger. This was something good. If you’ve been to the Grand Canyon, you know what I mean. Any adventuresome thought of seeking Satan in Hells Canyon was erased immediately. God stood here among the humans, and His land remained defiant of any names they might impose.
Our guide told us this place was called Suicide Cliff, a name I’ve heard given to countless high rock formations. She said two lovers climbed up here to end it all because they loved each other and their feuding families didn’t like that. I put my own spin on it. I imagined them climbing up here, looking over the horizonless jagged grace before them and changing their minds. Filled with hope, they resolutely climbed out of the canyon, higher up until they had to go down again, running away to an exquisite existence. Passing cows all the way. Continue reading Hiking on the mountain