Watch these women ROAR

national geographic lions
Courtesy: National Geographic

Three women are giving it their all to save the lives of lions in Africa. Check out this National Geographic article about women on the move in the wild. Are you ready to roar, too? Let’s talk about different missions, projects, community service that gets you going.  https://medium.com/@garyknell/world-lion-day-meet-three-inspiring-women-working-to-save-lions-736bfac8cd4c?sf33008514=1#.nqtr441of

Eat, Shop, Explore…Sri Lanka

Oh the places you can go. How about trying a new locale off the beaten path…Sri Lanka. It’s beauty is waiting for you. Have you visited Sri Lanka? Tell us your experience. Are you eager to learn more before you visit. Tell us what interest you.  http://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/asia/sri-lanka/know-before-you-go-sri-lanka/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social&utm_content=link_tw20160807travel-srilanka&utm_campaign=Content&sf32654247=1

Courtesy: National Geographic
Courtesy: National Geographic

 

Middle-aged? You can become an Olympian

You didn’t begin swimming at eight-years-old, or execute your first gymnastics vault at five. It takes years of practice and hard work to make the cut as an Olympian. You think without youth on your side there is simply no chance. Not true…you can become an Olympian at the ripe age of 50 or older. Check out these Olympians who are not youngsters, but who are still going for the GOLD! Imagine it…You, entering the stadium during opening ceremonies, your head held high…even if it’s full of grey hair. What an honor to be part of the chosen few. Your bones may not muster the 400 meter race, and you may not be quite agile enough for diving. There are still sports that are kinder to the more mature anatomy. What Olympic sport would you choose?

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 20: Bernard Lagat of The USA celebrates winning the Men's 2 Mile during the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 20, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 20: Bernard Lagat of The USA celebrates winning the Men’s 2 Mile during the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 20, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
Britain's Jo Pavey crosses the line to win the gold medal in the women's 10,000m final during the European Athletics Championships in Zurich, Switzerland, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Britain’s Jo Pavey crosses the line to win the gold medal in the women’s 10,000m final during the European Athletics Championships in Zurich, Switzerland, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Germany's gymnast Oksana Chusovitina celebrates after winning the silver medal during the women's vault apparatus finals at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Germany’s gymnast Oksana Chusovitina celebrates after winning the silver medal during the women’s vault apparatus finals at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Phillip Dutton of the United States walks with Connaught during the veterinary inspection for the Eventing competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Hong Kong, Friday, Aug. 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Phillip Dutton of the United States walks with Connaught during the veterinary inspection for the Eventing competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Hong Kong, Friday, Aug. 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 31: Australian Mary Hanna shows rthe gold medal she won on Mosaic II in the Volvo Pacific World Cup Dressage Final at the rTipapa indoor equestrian centre, saturday. (Photo by Ross Land/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – JANUARY 31: Australian Mary Hanna shows rthe gold medal she won on Mosaic II in the Volvo Pacific World Cup Dressage Final at the rTipapa indoor equestrian centre, saturday. (Photo by Ross Land/Getty Images)

Volcano boarding…would YOU do it?

Why lounge on a lofty sundeck or drift on a floaty in a pool drinking a pina colada when you can board down a…VOLCANO! You heard correctly.There’s snowboarding and wakeboarding, but some folks have amped it up a whole other level. Check out these ten ways, NOT to chill while on your vacation. http://www.mensfitness.com/life/travel/10-death-defying-stunts-you-can-do-on-vacation/slide/7

courtesy: wanderpopins.com
courtesy: wanderpopins.com

Next stop: Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

Has there ever been a feat in your life that seemed so insurmountable you had no idea how to master it, weather it, or endure it?

Those times in life can be chilling… basically, they can take your breath away.

We all have been there. No one will walk away from this planet unscathed from that one moment (or several) where the floor underneath your feet shifts and causes you to adapt, adjust, and somehow find your way.

The Dare Divas are set to tackle a big mountain. It is gargantuan. It stands 16,000 feet tall; the altitude is thin; and if not properly equipped, the trek can be hair-raising and dangerous. So there is the disclaimer.

WHY CLIMB?

Top of Mt. Kilimanjaro - Uhuru Peak, 5895 m
Uluru Peaks, the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa, is 19,340-foot climb.  Credit iStock.

IT IS A JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME. Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is the highest mountain in Africa and has been trekked by both seasoned and novice hikers since the 1800s. You don’t need to be an expert climber to do this. This will be the first time the Dare Divas have ever climbed. We each will check with our physicians and get the OK, but we know it is DOABLE.

The six-day trek is manageable, and we will have expert guides on hand to help along the way.  We are doing it because, well, WE CAN. And so can you. Even if we don’t make it to the top — to be honest the top is not the goal, trying is the goal – we will be successful.

Won’t you come with us?

This journey, trekking Mt. Kilimanjaro can be your way to celebrate a recent accomplishment. Maybe you need to heal and need this outlet, or you need to add a zest of life to your mundane one.  Whatever your reason, join the Dare Divas as we hike Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2018.

Join in on the fun, the adventure, and the hike of a lifetime. More information is to come.

But, first let’s start the conversation, what about the hike makes you thrilled, nervous, excited?

Let’s talk about it all right here…

Rallying bravery, honoring unity at 14,000 feet

We all were amped. We put on our Top Gun suits with pride, placed on our aviator sunglasses, got instructions about our parachute, walked toward the airplane like Navy Seals on a special mission, and boarded.  We pranced and danced and sang “To Infinity and beyond,” our little chant to fire-up courage and quiet fear.
 
I felt like a top-dog, until I was next up to skydive. With my tandem instructor behind me, I did the unthinkable. I looked down.  The wind violently coursed through my lungs as my tandem instructor counted, “1-2-3,” and then hurled us into the atmosphere. I felt like a boulder rushing to land. Nothing was in my control as I bolted toward earth with speed that felt like lightning. But, my spirit quieted and I relaxed.
Even before the second parachute deployed, softening the brutal speed, I knew God was holding my heart, and I was safe. The glide down was the best. I saw the beauty of earth…tops of trees, vast land, translucent sky, and tiny specs that were homes.
 
When all four DARE DIVAS jumped and landed, we formed a circle of love, hair tousled, sweat trapped inside our jump suits, laughing, hugging, and thankful it all ended with each of us solidly on ground and intact. 
 
There are times when you just have to jump, and you have to do it alone; but it is so sweet when you land and others are there to celebrate with you. That is why skydiving on that sweet August 2014 day with the Dare Divas was my favorite dare of them all.

 Find out how this thrilling skydive brought Sheri Hunter back to life. 

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