>> Wednesday, November 11, 2009
There is an islander from Curaçao that is doing something pretty incredible. His name is Ryan de Jongh and he is an ocean or open water kayaker. His latest challenge, dubbed Clearwater Challenge 3, will take him from the island of St. Maarten to his home island of Curaçao. He plans on making this approximately 1000 mile journey (1606 km)in about 22 days.
What is the point of his incredible journey? He does it to raise awareness about the need to protect our natural resources. In his words:
Do you think this is crazy? I think destroying our planet is crazy. No Nature, no life. Think about it!He works in conjunction with a local organization Carmabi and tries to raise money for their efforts by doing things like this. You can read about his preparations and routes on his website.
We tend to think we know a lot about nature, and we do, but in too many ways we stand aside and believe that someone, somewhere, will make it all right.
As a kayak enthusiast myself, I find this feat incredible. Even more so that he is doing this to raise awareness for a good cause.