The town of Pucón in Chile is an adventure mecca. With Volcano Villarica overlooking the town, spewing ominous smoke from its top and a gorgeous lake nestled alongside cultivated by surging rivers, there is no shortage of sights to see, mountains to climb, or water to be paddled. A Chile guide book recommended three rivers that anyone interested in whitewater had to run. The Río Trancura was one of them. My Hala Gear teammates, Joey Saputo and Andy O’Brien, met up with Spencer Lacy and his buddy, Lance to shake off the winter rust and SUP the Lower Trancura on January 11th, 2017.
I won a grant to paddle in Patagonia, now here I am. But there's so much more to that.
I spent last week crying. Half-tempted to cancel it altogether. Granted, hormones are playing an unfortunate role in my crazy rationale, but I’m also aware that this is fear getting in my head.
Up until the plane landed in Chile, I thought it would be so much easier to stay home and not do this trip. The stresses of money, and jobs, and my car problems were building up and giving me plenty of reasons to feel guilty about going on this epic paddling trip. I actually feel like I don't deserve to travel like this. This is by far the most epic trip I have ever done.
I work my butt off to try and do what I love for a living. It's a challenge for sure. But I thrive from it.
I didn't realize how difficult it was to be candid online until I started a blog. I always edit so much of my writing out because it's actually pretty scary to open up online, but I need to be as genuine as I can. Here it goes..