Water is special and yesterday during the last 9 miles of the boating portion of the “Pole Pedal Paddle” (in Jackson Hole) i got real hot in 37 degrees and it transported me to another time i felt so hot: I was with the EcuadorianMinistryofEnvironment locating areas with high density of animals in Yasuni National Park (Ecuadorian Amazon) and helping @nytimes
develop a new program. Walking through game trails profusely sweating, imagine sauna heat plus long sleeves to protect against thorns and biting bugs, we heard aggressive rustling overhead, "Jaguar!" I thought, but it was a group of spidermonkeys. This curious one stayed behind; this is basically the face I make to what my sisters call "doing white people things"-mountain climbing, uhhhhhh how do i that?; 50K through trails, uhhhhhhh how do i carry my snacks?; @jhnordic
Triple Crown Series? uhhhhh where do i get the gear? Curisoty takes over and I sign up. Yesterday was the last race of the Triple Crown (three races: 15K nordic race; downhill race; Pole Pedal Paddle). The PPP is a 5 leg race: downhill skiing, running, skate skiing, biking, and boating; in total i travelled 39 miles using human power and gravity. I only fell once during the skate ski which was a 99% improvement from last year-i spent 90% of my time on the ground but i didn't quit and i got deadlast. Results are not out yet but I know i didn't get last this year because i passed a couple of people on the skate ski (probably my 8th day of skate skiing ever). My sisters call it "doing white people things" but Im trying to carve out some space for people that look like me (#diversifyoutdoors
) to remove that idea. This spidermonkey doesn't have that privilege to carve out its own space, its habit in Yasuni is constantly under threat because the national park sits on a huge oil reserve which the Ecuadorian government feels it can lean on like Venezuela. I was able to carve out some space in the Triple Crown thanks to @wrighttraining @crystal_b_wright @snoopbeazly
Jenn Sparks @jwoinjh @petersgrams @multi_rachel
, @wrennifer2 @lizzievotruba.
Thanks to @bzeebs
for having my back behind the scenes! I'm going to stay curious like this spidermoney...