Now check out the phase of the moon when you were borne!
Hiking in the Pyrenees, biking in the Alps, soaking in Turks & Caicos, diving in Belize…YOU are there! Find a travel partner or brave it alone. The discoveries are twice as nice when you have someone to share. Yet, some of the most enlightening trips I”ve ever been on, I was alone, or at least, I started out alone.
The scariest moment is always just before you start. Stephen King
One of my travel highlights in 2012 was the opportunity to go to Vera Cruz, Mexico. Sponsored with the Adventure Travel Trade Association, courtesy of the Mexican Tourism Board and the State of Veracruz, lucky ATTA members found a country rich in culture, magnificent landscapes, delightful people, natural wonders, both animate & inanimate.
Pronatura Veracruz, A.C. was just such a place. Annually, the great birds-of-prey, the raptors migrate from all over North America to Central & South America. Veracruz is one of the flyovers enroute to northern South America for wintering. Pronatura sponsors many points along the way to monitor these raptors once arriving in Mexico airspace.
Visiting ATTA members had the good luck to be guests of one of the sponsoring organizers of Pronatura at Mexico Verde, a true “glamping experience”. Photos uploaded soon and information on how you too can visit Mexico Verde.
An adage as old as Christianity and for those whom practice other religions, Peace Be Unto You & Happy Holidays.
May the new year bring us all new adventures, wonderful experiences and warm times together as tribespeople, the world over.
Blessings for 2020.
Junto con Carranza y sus jefes militares llegaron a Veracruz ( la nueva capital) un enjambre de revolucionarios, civiles, burocratas, politicos, agitadores anarcosindicalistas, artistas y aventureros. 1915″
Along with Carranza and his military commanders arrived in Veracruz (the new capital) a swarm of revolutionaries, civilians, bureaucrats, political agitators anarcho-syndicalists, artists and adventurers.
Photo caption from museum exhibit in Veracruz. The adventures continue and the adventurers will come.
“The Elements – earth, wind, fire and water help revive your spirit. The four elements of nature are believed to reflect the simplest essential parts and principles of which anything consists. The elements of life are actually all one. It is merely our thoughts that separate them into pieces. In Akwaterra, we present the four elements of nature as categories of sensory experience to illustrate the oneness of all and to present the human experience with the marvels of nature, thus reminding our visitors to embrace nature, ourselves and the adventure of life.”
– My mosquito bites are fading and perhaps also some of the excitement. It’s back to everyday and though I thoroughly enjoy each and every photo posted on our facebook group, the feeling of the fresh, the new, the thrill somewhat fades into memory. But the inspiration?…
The oneness… The coming together of different parts to spin a wheel into evolution is not by chance. Somehow we were, for a moment, connected in one way or another, to become one effort, one force. But you have to ask yourself why me? Why was I there at this particular moment? My guess is that we were all on a mission; an expedition…. Maybe to discover the true pleasure and treasure of adventure and ultimately, to unveil positive human experience. The laughs, the thrills, the words spoken, the dance, the ritual, the “Tribe”.
Some of my notes strike me… For example; adventure tourism growing at a rate of 16% a year, Adventure travel is a connection to nature + Physical activity, + Cultural pieces, 65% of revenue stays in destination, Customers want to be impacted by their experience; authentic and transformative experiences.
What can I say, I do love the authenticity of the ” emerging” world. Two weekends ago I began a journey to a sister nation where life still remains, in many ways, unpredictable and organic. Funny how first impressions work, some are in tuned with reality but most are misconceptions because you cannot really judge a book by its cover. In fact, you cannot judge adventure or human experience at all because it is so personal and organic. That’s why we call it “Adventure”.
In the beginning it was so difficult to remember your names and attributes. Yesterday, as I pieced the journey together into a nice collection of business cards and scribbled bits of personal data that I learned along the way, I discovered that each notecard was filled with descriptive words about our unique exchange. And I can somehow put each name to a face, to a moment, to a place, to a connection.
Connections make up the map of our experience. The connections to earth, air, water and fire, light and spirit all spark the love we have for the overall experience of life.
“Ustedes en turismo de aventura venden alegria y amor” J. Wallace.
We are all fortunate to be in the industry of experience and adventure. We sell “happiness and love”. We connect the elements of nature and culture to human experience. In this past mission, we not only connected with each other, but we connected with a virtually unknown Mexico. It is through our own connections that we will “activate” the journey and this particular destination. But the most rewarding feeling is knowing that an inspired “you” is contributing to the flow of (in this case) emerging economies, (and in most cases in adventure travel) sustainable growth, evolution, and frugal but spiritually enriching, transformative human experience.
“Hasta luego” fellow adventurers.
Thanks for the inspiration.
See you on a future expedition!