Announcing the 2012 Spirit of Adventure Award Recipient:
According to Alice Path, “World travel is filled with unexpected adventures.” Alice’s adventures began at a very young age, when her family immigrated to the United States from Brazil. As a young adult, she traveled extensively through the Americas and Europe on various journeys; however, the true adventure of a lifetime did not occur for Alice until her late 30s.
For most people, flying a single-engine airplane thousands of miles over three continents would be an impossible dream. For Alice, it was an opportunity to bring an ambitious idea to fruition. Temporarily pausing what is now a 32-year career as a high school counselor and teacher with the Fontana Unified School District, Alice took off with her ex-husband, Barney, to visit and explore over 80 destinations throughout North America, South America, the Caribbean, and Europe.
In 1991, the Los Angeles Council of HI-USA created the "Spirit of Adventure Award." This honorary award recognizes an individual (or individuals), regardless of age, who, through his or her experiences, has demonstrated outstanding enthusiasm and curiosity while traveling abroad.
Primary consideration is given to the spirit and manner in which the nominees undertake their travels, their ability to give interesting presentations, and their experiences in hostels. The recipient of the award is honored with special recognition and an HI-USA Life Membership, both of which are presented at the Los Angeles Council HI-Members Annual Meeting & Party. Recipients are also featured in the LA Council newsletter, The Wanderer. The award recipient must be able to attend the Annual Meeting & Party to receive the award. After receiving the award, the recipient makes a presentation on his or her adventures and travel experiences.
Maybe you know a person you would like to nominate? Do they have an itchy foot and curious mind? Is it someone whose life plan involves meeting people of different cultures and visiting the far-off corners of the globe? Do they have an unquenchable desire to see the world and meet its people? Is that person someone who understands that travel is a vehicle for better human understanding? Maybe that person is you! Take a look at the stories (written below) about a few of the more recent Spirit of Adventure Award recipients and see the kind of adventurous travelers we like to honor.
If you wish to nominate yourself or someone else, please send us the name and contact information for your nominee (including phone numbers). Tell us about your nominee and their travels and why you believe they should receive this award. Go ahead...Impress us (we love photos)! State your reasons for submission and mail the information to:
SOAA Award Committee
Los Angeles Council of HI-USA
1434 Second Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Questions regarding nominations may be directed to John Estrada at (310) 393-6263 x 25 or via email at email@example.com.