Commentary

Commentary, Diversity / 24.09.2009

Photo by James Edward Mills Appointed in 1997 Robert G. Stanton was the first African-American Director of the National Parks Service. Today he is the deputy assistant secretary of policy and program management in the U.S. Department of Interior. As the keystone speaker and a panelist during the Breaking the Color Barrier to the Great Outdoor Conference in Atlanta, he inspired a new generation of young people to continue a long legacy of service to the principles of environmental conservation and the preservation of wilderness....

Commentary, Diversity / 23.09.2009

Outdoor diversity advocates Franks and Audrey Peterman welcomed a unique gathering of their peers to the city of Atlanta. A few hundred individuals from across the country, mostly African-Americans met to express their love and appreciation for nature  in the opening session of the Breaking the Color Barrier to the Great Outdoors conference. In her remarks Audrey Peterman shared a common observation with those assembled . "Frank and I would visit these wonderful National Parks and we would see so few people of color," she said."We wanted to do...

Commentary, Quote of the day / 22.09.2009

DeepWater

“I believe that (anyone’s) life will be filled with constant and unexpected encouragement, if he makes up his mind to do his level best each day, and as nearly as possible reaching the high water mark of pure and useful living.”

Booker T. Washington ~ American educator and reformer, first developer of Tuskegee Normal (1856-1915) Photo by Christine Lucas I should be packing my bags for an 850-mile Joy Trip. Flooding in Atlanta have me a bit nervous to make the drive. I’m afraid this photograph is a precursor of what lies ahead.  I’m not sure what to expect. But that’s what makes it an adventure. I’m heading to the “Breaking the Color Barrier to the Great American Outdoors” conference, perhaps into to deep water. And I’m going to try hard not to pick a fight.
Commentary / 16.09.2009

The National Parks episode of "To The Best of Our Knowledge" airs on September 27th! To coincide with the premiere of "The National Parks: America's Best Idea, " TTBOOK a production of Wisconsin Public Radio and Public Radio International, is devoting an hour to stories of our favorite wild and scenic places. The Joy Trip Project is proud to have contributed a segment detailing a brief history of The Buffalo Soldiers, African-American horsemen of the 9th and 10th divisions of the U.S. Cavalry. More than 400 of them...

Commentary, Examiner.com, Triathlon / 11.09.2009

[caption id="attachment_1163" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="First-time Iroman Triathletes Marty Findeisen & Kara Smith"]First-time Iroman Triathletes Marty Findeisen & Kara Smith[/caption] Marty Findeisen and his training partner Kara Smith are enjoying a leisurely pre-race lunch on State Street.  With less than 30 hours to go until race day they polish off their last heavy meal at Frida Mexican Grill. “We’ll be back on Monday for Tequila shots!” says Findesisen to the waiter. These first-time Ironman Triathletes are up from Chicago on Friday to register and ease into last minute preparations before the big race on Sunday. “We’ve been coming up to train pretty regularly,” says Smith, 27. “We’ve got a good idea of what to expect.” Findeisen, 50, says they’ve put in a lot time getting ready. “We’ve done about 20 hours of training a week on top of our regular jobs,” he says. “Plus we’ve got a trainer and a nutritionist. We’ve been pretty smart about it.” Even though this will be their first Iroman Findeisen and Smith have made a lot of good choices in their training. And they can expect to have a good race on Sunday. If this is your first Ironman there are several things you can still do or least keep in mind to assure you enjoy the experience. Read the full story at Examiner.com