Careful Adventures. The two words may seem like contradictory terms. The word careful defines itself – being full of care. Adventure, on the other hand, can conjure up a larger variety of meanings. A dictionary will define it as a bold or risky undertaking, a hazardous action with an uncertain outcome. But an alternate definition is an exciting or very unusual experience. That is the definition I choose to use for purposes of this website. Combining the two, then, gives this definition:
Careful Adventures – Exciting or very unusual experiences performed in a manner full of care so that the real risk is minimal.
I love adventure, but I love my life and limbs even more. Spoken another way, travel variety is the spice of life, but if I lose my life in the process, then the goal of having a remembered experience is lost. For that is the core of travel for me: to acquire memories of varied experiences that I am fond of recollecting.
For me, variety of experience is a key. I like adventurous things, like swimming with manta rays or
squeezing through slot canyons. But I also like a lazy day at a beach where the azure water is so clear that you can easily see the colorful fish nipping at your toes. I enjoy road trips, guided tours, resort stays and cruises, as long as each lead to a memory I treasure.
I still cherish the memory of wading in the warm, wave-less aquamarine waters of Bora Bora juxtaposed with the lush, green volcanic core of the island. I recall the shafts of sunlight piercing the shadows and illuminating the red-orange walls of Upper Antelope Canyon. I can still taste the clear water flowing off of Athabasca glacier in the Canadian Rockies. In my mind’s eye I can still remember the 7’ lemon shark that languorously swam a few feet under me as I helped my 9 year old daughter snorkel for the first time over the elk coral of Buck Island in St. Croix. These and countless other memories are mine, shared only with the loved ones I was fortunate to have with me on each trip or with other travelers who have also been there and done that. I want more of these experiences. My hope and goal with this website is to foster in you the same desire.
I am not rich. I am not young or a physical specimen in any way. Fact is I need to lose 50 lbs (I’m working on it). As my son says, I am not a Point Break kind of guy (he was referring to the movie). But that doesn’t keep me from seeking out adventure – I’m just careful doing it.