A crying girl, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and a supermarket parking lot. Not exactly the elements for an epic summit. But having missed the turn-off for our hike, we were now on the wrong side of Lake George in upstate New York, eating the lunches we were supposed to be having on the peak. …

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It started before I even arrived—the friendliness and want to help out a stranger. Maybe that’s what happens when you live in the Land of Bed and Breakfast; you learn how to return to those simple things like kindness, courteousness, bed, and breakfast. I was planning a paddle trip down a stretch of the Mississippi …

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The leathery-skinned man with a southern Missouri accent had dropped us off at the gravel boat ramp. His rusty pickup truck had barely survived the fifteen miles from our campground to the river. But there we stood: paddles in hand, hats on our heads and a tangled blue stretch of river before us. I was …

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The Yukon River Quest belongs to another world, or another time. A 450-mile paddle into the Canadian Wilderness where the string of competitors spreads like loose pearls until the only other things you might encounter outside of your boat are moose, bears on the shore, eagles, and smoke from forest fires. Katie Stein Sather, Commodore of …

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