Here’s the link to watch the interview on AM Northwest with myself, Fred Noble, and Lance Christian about The Noble Spirit Documentary film and ALS fundraising events:
“A rare glimpse into one man’s battle with ALS…with the spirit to find good in every situation and embrace every day no matter the challenge we face”
Not many people would have the courage, tenacity, and long term vision to chronicle their own terminal illness. Fred invited me into his life with a no holds barred approach, and encouraged me capture every detail of his daily life. It’s been an honor and to have complete access and a challenge to watch him struggle without interfering with events as they naturally unfolded.
Every year I search for a new place to ‘detox’ from the stressors of my everyday fast paced life. I may have just found the perfect place to return to on a regular basis for my creative renewal. Life in Laos moves slowly, artfully – a beautiful silk wall hanging may take a year to meticulously hand weave, a pedicure two hours. The bus ride from Luang Prabang to the northern Luang Namtha province is a tortuous 12 hour ordeal, but when the road ends the two day trek through jungle wilderness to visit to the Lanten tribal village was priceless. After three weeks of enjoying constant exercise outdoors rock climbing, hiking, & walking, eating eating only fresh produce & fish, disconnecting from the internet, and a dozen relatively inexpensive deep tissue Thai / Lao massages, I was completely rejuvenated.
It was a glorious fall day to enjoy my favorite Oregon Wine country immersion experience – viewing scenic vineyards by horseback with Equestrian Horseback tours. Winter’s Hill Vineyard in the Dundee Hills was the perfect backdrop for a relaxing stroll down the vineyard and gallop up the hills, ending with their exquisite 2006 barrel select pinot noir – I only wish all my photoshoots were this enjoyable!
As a self proclaimed adrenalin junkie, I’m constantly seeking out new adventures in far-flung places. I’ve recently helicopter – snowboarded in Canada and lept off a 440 foot bungee jump in New Zealand. I’ve also been a frequent skydiver, scuba diver, mountain biker, and rock climber, and avid trekker – for 18 months, I traveled vagabond style through the South Pacific and S.E. Asia hiking up Mt. Kinabalu in Borneo and to the base camp of Mt. Everest.
However I don’t consider myself an extreme athlete or adventurer. It’s all relative – especially compared to all the characters I’ve encountered on my journeys. For the ten years I worked at various sports companies I was continually amazed at the boundaries athletes could push and the obstacles those with limitations could overcome. As a photojournalist I’ve had the good fortune to illustrate stories by pioneers of the adventure travel industry such as Tim Cahill, founder of Outside Magazine, who has spent a lifetime forging his own path.
So how would my experiences in Puerto Rico compare? I found an ideal balance between easily accessible adventures and authentic culture. It was an easy way to dip my toes into both worlds during my whirlwind week visit.
Here’s the photo and video highlights: