Back in the summer of 1992 while attending college in Colorado, I grew tired of the excuses my friends gave me for why they did not hike, swim, kayak, ride horses or bikes. The majority of excuses were because the men in their lives did that kind of activity, and they were not welcome, just tolerated, or highly discouraged from participating.
Being the adventurer I am, I scheduled a day for just the girls to get out and explore what the Colorado Mountains had to offer. I gathered my friends one Saturday, and told them there were no excuses. We were going to get away from the guys and have fun. With six girls in my car, (a ’58 Buick LeSabre) we descended on Colorado Springs. We spent the day, sightseeing, climbing the stairs at Seven Falls, hiking a trail, and riding horses. We spent the night at a hotel, talked story, laughed hysterically, and fell asleep. The next day we returned home exhilarated. It was the most fun and exciting day for all of us that summer.
It was decided we should do it again. Thus was born “Amazon Day.” A day made just for the girls to get out and do what the “boys” always thought we couldn’t or shouldn’t do. We’ve gone kayaking, hiking, deep sea fishing, ATV-ing, Motorcycle riding, mountain climbing, gun range shooting, and even spelunking!
What began as just a one day, annual event, seems to have grown into a much anticipated theme by women all over. Throughout the years women have asked me to organize more activities and begin something of a “real” Amazon organization. I have finally taken everyone’s advice.
Let this be the beginning of more than a single Day of Women only Adventuring. Let this be the tribal meeting ground of Adventurous women and those who wish to be so.