I began my healthy adventures in 1990. By combining bicycling, kayaking and hiking, I would eventually travel four times around the earth. I am 70 years old and have not been sick since 1972. It is never too late to live a healthy, active, adventuresome life as you will read in a series of articles.
So I ended up with a huge meal of fish for dinner. For me, cooking a meal is simple, that is when it is not raining. I place a collapsible grill over a small wood fire. In this case, after gutting and scaling four fish, I fried them in oil in a frying pan. On other occasions, I used the pan to prepare pancakes from pre-mixed powdered milk, powdered eggs and flour, as a substitute for bread. I also carried a light-weight pot along to boil water to reconstitute complete, precooked, freeze dried meals from our Everlasting Health Center. I found these light-weight packages extremely convenient to produce a nutritious, delicious and filling meal. For times of inclement weather, I brought a number of well-balanced nutrition bars along, and that basically completed my food supplies.
It started to rain again, early afternoon in the next day. What was that white stuff I occasionally noticed on either riverbank? Snow that through the process of thawing by day and freezing by night, turned into ice. To keep warm, I wore my down jacket below my raincoat. The excitement for this day started with a sound. Oh no, It was the unmistakable rush of rapids. Why this? My detailed maps did not show any of them, nor had they been mentioned by any of my Russian friends. Too late to get ashore, I had to act quickly. Should I steer towards mainstream, where it would be the deepest and thus safest, or head closer to the shore in case I flipped? At this moment, I was closer to the left bank and that is where I stayed. Oh, no! I will never forget the sight of rocks appearing ahead of me, so threatening looking.
To be continued…
With joyful passion for peace and health,
Hans, the Healthy Adventurer