I think it all started as a youngster with the neighborhood kids and my older brother. We played for fun, but I always had to earn my keep. As the young, skinny kid, I was able to fit in by being good at pickle and baseball. If physicality entered the picture, effort would only get me so far before I’d get run over.
We were poor, so we never left the neighborhood. My only source of transportation was the 3 speed bike I was given by a friend. It’s crazy to think back now about that bike turning into a life long love affair with the open road. But I’ll save that for another day.
From that point on, you could most likely find me anywhere with dancing or music. That typically meant a bar, which helped bring back that competitive spark – with darts. I was hooked the first moment I discovered it. I practiced 2 hours a night on doubles, triples, and 01 games. I made a lot money playing blind draws around the city. At one point, I was even Top 15 in the Midwest. My secret was going to the bowling alley a night before darts and using a 16-pound ball.
After my divorce, I started to date again and that’s when I learned about whitewater rafting. Again, I never traveled growing up so activities like that were foreign to me. But then I went to New River in West Virginia and was immediately hooked!
I’ve had many memorable trips ever since. There’s the time I was the lone man left after flipping with two Marines and our guide. I haven’t felt that heroic before or since, lifting two Marines and a guide out the rapids.
Whitewater rafting takes you to some beautiful parts of our country. In the mountains is where I started hiking and when I discovered cave exploring, zip-lining, parasailing, and so much more.
I got started later in life, but I haven’t stopped since.
We have one life to live, fulfill it to the fullest and you will be proud of yourself at the end of your journey. Enjoy and appreciate what the world gives you today.