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Top Five Adventure Destinations: My Year

06.03.16

This year is all about traveling the world to feed my daredevil craving. This year is the year I turn the big 3-5 and while men seem to start buying sports cars and motorcycles or women start enhancing specific parts of the anatomy or eradicating them, I am laboriously chasing my next quest. I cannot explain the excitement that invades my being when I’m jumping off cliffs, when I’m so close to the edge or know that my life could literally be hanging by a thread. It may sound silly to normal people but that is one thing I am not and you don’t have to try to understand me and I most certainly do not expect you to.

  1. North Yungus Road in Bolivia known as The Death Road. Don’t let that scare you. It just begins at 15,400 ft. It starts in La Cumbre, an hour drive from La Paz. Honestly I don’t think it’s that bad but I have read it’s a must do if you’re an adrenaline junkie. Yeah, so (enter girl raising hand emoji here). The most difficult situation that I find every time I have a bike adventure is not being able to find the right size bike for me. I’m five feet tall and either I have to get a kids bike or the smallest tire size possible to be able to ride comfortably. I went over the edge in Bobs Peak mountain biking trails in Queenstown, New Zealand three times because I didn’t have the right bike. That was fu**** scary. I fell so many times that by the end I was shaking and was feeling so emotional. I wanted to go a third time but I was so rundown I couldn’t go anymore. I was waiting for my companion to finish the intermediate route and I just lost it. I’m so hard on myself when I know I could have been good at something and it turns out that I wasn’t. That’s the worst feeling. Hopefully I won’t go over the edge on this one. Eeeeek! Cost:  $60-$125 death road
  2. Canyoning Chli Schliere in Switzerland. I have only gone canyoning three times in my life and I began when I was 23 yrs old. Monterrey, México, San Gil, Colombia and Sydney, Australia.  I was the most fearless at a younger age. I went skydiving when I was only 18 yrs old and I didn’t even tell my grandma until right before I jumped. It was like sh** what was she going to say, no? Yes pretty much she could have totally done that but she didn’t. I honestly don’t think she understood what I said but I wanted my last words to her to be “Te quiero”. I’m much older now and I am still doing these extreme adventures but it gets  harder and harder every time. Canyoning is really extreme and exhausting on the body. Definitely doing the worst jump in the beginning is the best. The adrenaline rush you get gets you through anything. These guys from TheRoamingRenegades.com really put a great presentation on Chli Schliere canyon. I recommend the read and I dare you to not get second doubts on trying it out. Cost: 169 CHF/ £114/ $172 (prices are subject to change.)interlaken switzerland

3. The Devils Pool in Zambia, Africa. “In the beautiful Victoria Falls lies a pool on the edge of the sheer drop. When levels drop, the natural rock walls of the Devil’s Pool come close enough to the surface to form a barrier and stop swimmers from being carried away.” Getting there consists of a walk and a swim but there are guides to help get you there and from avoiding you falling over the edge. Getting high on life is what I’m going to call this one. You’d have to be out of your mind to walk towards this pool of water but I’ll get to say I did it. I was there! Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world and is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Season: August to Mid January. Lowest levels are in October and early November/ Cost: $100-$120 (link)

devils pool

4. Volcano boarding in Nicaragua. Volcano boarding is something I just learned about and it is a lot like sledding but instead of it being sand or snow, you’re sledding down volcanic rock. This notably young sport is located in Cerro Negro, Nicaragua. Speeds down the 1,600-ft volcanic slope can reach up to 50 mph. You have to wear a full body suit and goggles to protect yourself from the sharp rocks that jump up at you while your sledding down. Since the rope at the front of the sled is not used to control your direction but used for stability, you can tip over at any point while you’re sledding down and things can get a little scary and sometimes even bloody. If you’re a dumb adrenaline junkie like me, I appreciate a little blood for proof that I did something extreme and daring. I need to make sure the action doesn’t reach my face though. That’s my money maker.

volcano-boarding

5. Great White Shark Cage Diving in Capetown. My friend Kristen is a shark fanatic and I have been wanting to go shark cage diving with her and since we have vacation again this summer, maybe this will be the time to do it. I have heard amazing things about Capetown and I cannot wait to make it there. I hear the water is freezing cold and I’ll have to get over it once I’m down there with the sharks. Maybe my panic will be worst than actually feeling how cold it is or vice versa?  Season: April to August/September/ Cost: average $100

shark cage diving

I do not have any friends that enjoy these extreme sports as much as I do. Usually I end up going solo and meet people that are part of my group. It has its positives and negatives. I love meeting new people but it’s hard to capture images of you doing things. Just recently I have purchased a GoPro lcd touch bacpac and a 3-way mount for my GoPro and it’s one of the best investments I have made. This is a short video filmed with my GoPro just swimming around. I was able to play back and choose which video I wanted with my touch screen. More videos to come.

The feeling that I get when I am doing these type of extreme activities is unparalleled. I feel unstoppable. Every now and then I get discouraged about “real life” and doing these adventures make me feel alive again. My top five adventure trips are in five different countries. It’s going to be tough to make all five but where there’s a will there’s a way.

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