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The adventure is the unknown

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When you think about traveling, do you plan or make it up as you go along? Does true adventure require spontaneity? And would you rather go someplace you've never been or repeat a perfect day from the past?


Michelle Kmieciak from the west side is a student

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? I'd go to the Caribbean. I've never seen the ocean, but in pictures the water there is so beautiful, so aquamarine. I'd love to swim in some cool, clear, crisp water.

What comes to mind when I say the word "adventure"? Your own little spontaneous escapade, on a mission to explore, to relax, to enjoy the view or to have good times with your friends.

If you could travel back in time and give yourself some advice, what would it be? Don't be so naive or gullible. It can get you into lots of trouble if you trust the wrong people.

What if you could only use motor-free transportation? I've always wanted to hang glide. I'd go to the top of a peak and hang glide down.


Turtle Dean from downtown is an independent contractor

What destination would you choose if you could travel anywhere? I'd go to the North Pole. It's the coldest place in the world and I like fishing. I've heard they have some good fish there.

What mode of human-powered transportation would you choose? A bicycle and a paddle boat. You can't get to the North Pole without a boat.

What's your definition of an adventure? Anything that happens along the way. I started traveling when I was 16, and hit every state before I was 18.

Is there any day from your past you'd want to live over again? Yes, and I can remember the exact date. It would be April 20, 1987, when I met my grandfather for the first time. We played miniature golf, went swimming, and had a lot of fun.


Kevin Kaaoush from Manitou Springs is a musician and chess player

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? I'd go to Lebanon. My father was born there, and lots of my family and my roots are there.

What if you could only travel using "human power"? I'd use a long board, roller blades or a unicycle. I can juggle while I'm riding a unicycle, so that would be fun.

If you could time travel back to the past, what advice would you give to your younger self? I would tell myself to specialize in one thing, to devote my time and energy to just one talent above the rest. I'd also say, "Play your saxophone every day, even if you don't feel like it." There are rewards for doing something every day, and especially if you don't feel like it.

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