Just Around The Pointe - 2020

To be the first person to circumnavigate all 5 Great Lakes in less than one year- and in the process Inspire All Individuals who struggle everyday with a chronic health condition or disability to never give up.  

2017 Lake Angels

Lake Angels
THANK YOU TO EVERY PERSON WHO HELPED ME IN 2017
Lake Angels are individuals who offer to help as you are paddling by - they are kind, generous, giving individuals who expect nothing in return. I was blessed by many Lake Angels. 

Tamara Martin Urias
and
Charlie Urias

Thank You to my Sister and Brother-in-law...
for dropping everything on a moments notice...
for taking a month off from your busy lives... 
to drive to Michigan in the dead of winter...
battling bitterly cold temperatures...
to be my support drivers when my original driver suddenly quit. 

I Love You Guys! 

Bill Noble

Thank You for giving up 9 months of your life to be my support driver.
~
You are more than my best friend, you are also my hero!

Fun & Adorable Moments
with
Bill Noble
2017 Expedition

Tab McBlane

Thank You for watching over me from a distance
~
You are a good and dear friend!

Liz Yelland

Thank you for donating
your time and talent to
Just Around The Pointe
and for creating an
amazing Logo for me! 

Future Kayaker! 
Everywhere I pulled off of the water, if there were children around, I always allowed them to play on my boat.

I think its important to encourage future generations! 
Paddling with Steve Bianco
Steve was a stranger who wanted to paddle with me ..

He also offered to allow me and my support driver, Bill Noble, to stay a night with him so we could take a hot shower and sleep in a warm bed -

He quickly became a good friend and is now one of my 2020 Team Members.

Our Very First
Canadian Thanksgiving

A HUGE "Thank You"
to
Christine and George Schiestel
and all of their friends
for sharing this wonderful Thanksgiving tradition
with Bill and myself.

Paddling with Dan O'Connor
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Walking 13 Miles Around Niagara Falls

Saturday November 18th, 2017
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Walking my boat around the falls on a cold, rainy day ~ with incredible friends who showed up to walk with me. 
Video is 52 seconds 
Saturday November 18th, An Emotional event.  
With the RA in Traci's feet, ankles, and knees, the walking becomes harder, but friends and "Lake Angels" encourging words kept her
 moving until she reached the Niagara River

Kicking the Butt of RA!!
Video is 1 minute 6 seconds

"Thank You"
Scott Edwards
for driving 1,100 miles in order to paddle with me in the dark.
Your love gave me what I needed to keep going. 

Paddling with Scott Edwards
on Lake Huron
Scott was my project manager for Just Around The Pointe.

 In October, after being caught in a terrible storm while trying to paddle around Tobermory in the dark, I confided in him that I was now afraid to paddle at night.

It was more than just fear. I felt like I was broken inside. I tried to explain this to other members of my team, but no one seemed to understand the severe symptoms and uncontrollable thoughts that I was experiencing. I feared that I would not be able to finish the expedition.

Scott listened to my fears. He understood that I was experiencing some kind of Post Tramatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and he drove 1,100 miles to paddle with me in the dark and to show me that there was nothing to fear. 

I will forever be in his debt.