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Food and travel captivate Janet Podolak, who chronicles both for The News-Herald. Get the back story of her three decades of stories here. Guest bloggers and fellow News-Herald staffers also periodically share details of their trips.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Meet (again) a true adventurer from Mentor

I crossed paths once more today with Jayme Otto Noyes, a young woman from Mentor who I met two years ago in Croatia.
I found her again through an email directing me to her blog about trailblazing for a potential professional mountain bike race in rugged Haiti,  a place I'd flown over but never visited. Jayme is a very fit adventure writer who lives in Colorado and her story about Haiti is a compelling one.

We met on a voyage of the Adriatic aboard a 100-foot wooden sailing ship that visited several islands off the coast of Croatia where we hiked, ate, drank and got to know each other and the natives. I thought it was
 an astonishing coincidence, meeting someone from my same town so far away among just 12 other passengers. Despite the differences  in age and fitness levels, we bonded over than Mentor connection

For me the trip was a real adventure, but after talking to Jayme for awhile, I knew it didn't qualify as that for her. She ran the 7 to 10 mile island mountain trails that had me huffing and puffing.  Jayme is several decades younger than I am and I envied both her sense of adventure and her youth.

There were a few adventures for her on that trip, including eating her first raw oyster. It was an occasion I'd photographed, so I went back through my 2010 blogs of that trip in search of the photo I'd taken. I didn't find it, but I did find a shot of Jayme sitting peacefully on a wall overlooking a harbor at the midpoint of one of our island hikes.
Click on the highlighted text to meet Jayme and see what she's been up to. I'm pretty proud of her. 

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