I Did It

I just participated in what was probably one of the most significant and empowering experiences of my life. It was so powerful, it has been hard for me to digest it all to write this blog for you, but I am going to give it my best shot. In September, I crossed the Moloka’i Channel. […]

Running the “Toughest Marathon in the World” at Age 14

“You’re too young.” “You can’t run our marathon, but you can run our 5K.” “Wait until you get older.” “You must be 18 years old.” “NO!” Over and over, these are the responses that I got when I was seeking a marathon in South America as part of my World Marathon Tour for Prostate Cancer Awareness. My […]

The Gift of Wild Places

Giddy. Sitting in the parking lot of the Merced Amtrak Station waiting for my friend Greg’s train to arrive from San Francisco, it felt like Christmas morning. Glee. As if it were my first time. In anticipation of this trip, I watched yet another documentary of Yosemite. The first love of my youth. My second […]

The Power of Girlfriends

Considering my time with ocean-related sports, I’m surprised that I haven’t carried my interest over to rivers. The only time I’ve ever river rafted was the summer before my last year as an undergraduate, with a handful of girlfriends on the American River. There was little rafting. It was mainly floating with a cooler or […]

Silence in Xibalba

Xibalba, the Mayan underworld, is described in the Popul Vuh as a place of fear where the dead had to traverse an obstacle course of bats, jaguars, rivers of blood and rooms of sharp knives. Cenotes, the deep limestone sinkholes scattered throughout the Mexican Maya world, were the gateways to this hellish underworld. But the […]

Sand Skiing = Inspiration = Health!

At what time in your life did you feel best? This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. I’ve had some pretty drastic highs and lows in my life, and as I reflect on these cycles I noticed a trend… inspiration.   The times in my life when I’ve been healthiest are generally the […]

Opportunity & Conservation

I fish the waters around Durango, Colorado regularly. Those waters include one of my favorites, East Fork of Hermosa Creek. But for some reason I always pass a beautiful, narrow stretch of the upper Hermosa as I forge ahead to my regular stomping grounds further behind the ski resort and on into the canyon. This […]

Give Back & Make a Difference

After a wonderful weekend on Maui participating in OluKai’s 3rd Annual Ho’olaule’a, I was able to experience a day of giving back that I had never done before.  Each year, OluKai partners with Maui Cultural Lands to spend a day in the Honokowai Valley doing reforesting work to preserve the area in hopes of restoring […]

Legacy

Mark points out a big flash of silver among the rippled waters.  “He’s a big one,” I hear him shout over the roar of the river. I’m in the canyon, downstream from Fred’s Bluff, just me against the fish. Adrenaline pulses through my body as I pull line from my reel and rhythmically cast to […]

Travel, Fish and Immerse

by Amy Becker Williams, Featured Athlete | Mariano Cruz sat across from me, all five-foot four of him, Roman nose, dark skin, sallow eyes. He ate a chunk of smoked duck breast, licked his fingers, took a gulp of red wine and gave us a gentle smile. My husband, Mark, and I were on the front-end of a fly-fishing trip along the spine of the Pyrenees straddling Spain and France…