Meet Ruby Zitzer, who at 17, has had more adventures than many adults I know. She has paddled remote waterways for weeks at a time all over North America, spent an extended stretch in Africa and in her spare time, is an All-American Nordic skier. Some of her adventures are chronicled in Let Them Paddle: Coming of Age on the Water, written by her father and my friend, Al Kesselheim. It’s a great read.
After Ruby graduates high school in the spring, she’s planning a return to one of the rivers in the book, the Kazan in the northern Canadian province of Nunavut. The last time she was on the Kazan, Ruby was 10, paddling for 40 days with her family, virtually alone in the wilderness. Now she’s talking about leading a trip with a few close friends.