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Episode 24: Kayaking Blind
People often look for a challenge to stimulate their creativity and expand their horizons. San Francisco’s Lighthouse for the blind and Visually Impaired offers just such an incentive through their annual holman Prize competition. Ms Lilly and I review three of the 2021 outdoor oriented Homan Prize semifinalists, and I speak with a 2017 Prize winner about his international blind kayaking adventure. I share some of my own blind kayaking tips, and reflect on taking blind kayaking to the extreme. So climb aboard for episode 24 of AMI Audio’s original podcast, Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther.
Episode 23: Earth Day Critters that Glide and Flying Blind
April 22 is Earth Day, so what better way to celebrate than to explore different ways to defy gravity. Ms Lilly schools us on critters that have figured out how to Glide. Our bucket list is Freedom Wings Canada where people with disabilities can go to learn to fly gliders. We explore the technology used by blind pilot Miles Hilton Barber to fly his microlight plane halfway around the world. And we close with some reflections on how earth stepped up for us big time over the past year during our enforced grounding. It’s all on episode 23 of Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther.
Episode 22: Maple Syrup and the Wood Wide Web
Spring has sprung, and in eastern Canada this means maple syrup season! Ms. Lilly schools us on how trees are way more like animals than we ever imagined. The Vanier Sugar Shack is our bucket list destination where we learn all about the Indigenous and Francophone connections to maple syrup. Learn tips on how to tell exactly when sap becomes syrup during the cooking process, and reflect on what trees can teach us about embracing diversity. It’s all in Episode 22 of Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther – starting with facts about the “wood wide web.”
Episode 21: Sled dogs and mushing blind
Imagine racing through northern Alaska along the Beaufort Sea coastline for 1,600 kilometers on a dog sled. Now imagine doing it blind. Rachael Scdoris has done just that – four times. Learn how Rachael took her love of dog mushing to the competitive level and has since made it her business on episode 21 of AMI Audio’s original podcast, Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther.
Episode 20: Ice and Skating Blind
On Episode 20 of Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther it’s still winter and there’s still ice, so let’s go skating, blind. First though, Ms Lilly has some schooling for us on when ice first took hold on earth, and how often our big, beautiful planet froze as hard as a nut. Lilly has also been looking up information about outdoor skating opportunities in Canada, and examples of blind ice skaters who compete in dance. I reach out to my friend Kevin Frost, the world’s fastest blind speed skater, for his tips on speed skating blind and deaf. And, to wrap things up I offer up some tips of my own for skating with a sighted guide. Lot’s more winter fun on Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther!
Episode 19: Greenhouse Gasses Wind Power Blind Sailing and Lake Superior’s Sleeping Giant
On Episode 19 of Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther, it’s all about Lake Superior. Ms Lilly explains how we can help lower greenhouse gasses and suggests the family re-visit Lake Superior’s Sleeping Giant. Lawrence and his special guests discuss why the big lake is becoming famous for all sorts of reasons and offers tips on sailing blind. Let’s get to know the lake the Ojibwe call gichi-gami, after all, it’s only the biggest lake in the world.