Unlimited Adventure Series begins Thursday at the Town of Vail Library
“Here’s Selma with a Mexican delicacy – a taco platter.”The mention of slide shows can invoke painfully boring memories of classrooms, conferences, and vacation photos of friends and family. Sharing none of the torturous aspects of Patty and Selma Bouvier’s Mexican odyssey eight-carousel slide show – from an episode of “The Simpsons” titled “Flaming Moe” – is the Town of Vail Library and Vail Symposium’s collaboration on the Unlimited Adventure Series.The Unlimited Adventure Series is a five-week program that features a series of speakers presenting the highlights of their various adventures with slides, stories and film.”The Adventure Series has been going on for quite a while. It’s been popular, and we want it to continue,” said Vail Symposium President Ebby Pinson. “It’s exciting to work with the library to bring more adventure to our community.”The free-of-charge programs happen on Thursdays from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at either the library or at the Antlers at Vail, hosting kayakers, climbers and cyclists.Unlimited Adventure Series’ lineup includes kayaker Tom Kay, technical ice consultant Dr. Herbie Ogden, climber Ellen Miller, cyclist Steve Williams and disabled athlete Tricia Downing.”I think they have all had different types of adventures,” said Pinson. “We tried to pick the lineup for the different experiences and different influences because some people might be more excited about cycling, while others might prefer kayaking.”Kay is scheduled as the first speaker of the series. He travels all over the world on canoe and kayaking adventures, and Thursday’s event will feature his slides and stories from trips to Ellesmere, Mongolia and Greenland.”I’m just a usual guy who goes to unusual places. Anyone could do what I do,” said Kay. “I wouldn’t call these places exotic; they are beautiful and photogenic.”Miller is the first American woman to summit Mount Everest from both the north and the south.Dr. Ogden is a glacier expert who provides expertise for commercial filming crews on the icebergs off Columbia Glacier in Alaska.Williams is a global cycling specialist.”Mr. Williams has ridden over 120,000 miles totally unsupported through some of the world’s most remote regions,” said Pinson.The final event of the program is a film called “Superior Beings,” which is produced by Disney and tells the stories of four disabled athletes and their inspiring achievements. Downing is one of the four subjects of the film, and will be on hand to present it.The Unlimited Adventure Series are attempting to include local schools in the program.”I think it’s a nice way to include the students in our community,” said Pinson.Alan Ashley-Pitt coined the quote that the Unlimited Adventure Series has adopted: “You have two choices in life: You can dissolve into the mainstream or you can be distinct. To be distinct, you must be different. To be different, you must strive to be what no one else but you can be.”Andrew Harley can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext. 610, or at email@example.com.