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Deb kayaked over 1,500 miles before requiring emergency spinal surgery early 2015. She continued her pre-arranged speaking tour by car, and then by sailboat to Guatemala in April 2015.
Now recovered, Deb is kayaking the remaining 1,000 miles following her updated schedule.
Deb stayed close to shore from Yarmouth, Maine to New Jersey. She went up the Delaware Bay and down the Chesapeake Bay to Norfolk, Va. where she began following the Intracoastal Waterway to Florida. To avoid the possibility of armed attacks on small craft in Mexico, Deb traveled from Florida to Belize aboard the sailing vessel Polaris with Bernie Horn, President of Polaris Capital Management. Now recovered from her spinal injury, she is paddling from South Carolina to Key West. For the final stretch Deb will kayak along a barrier reef and open coast to Rio Dulce in Guatemala.
Dr. Deb Walters is a grandmother from Maine, retired cognitive scientist and university leader, Rotarian, Safe Passage Board Member, and kayaking adventurer. Her previous solo kayaking expeditions were in the Arctic, along the Atlantic coasts in the Northeast and the Maritimes, and through tropical waters in Mexico.
Deb is undertaking a courageous mission, but it would not be possible without the help and support of our sponsors and a host of wonderful volunteers. Deb will be carrying her food, water and gear for camping, but would welcome offers of a bed along the way. To host Deb, or help out in other ways, click here. You can also sponsor per mile, follow the blog, find events to attend, read articles and stories, and learn about our generous corporate sponsors.
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