Texas Water Safari

From Texas to the Amazon: An Explorer Recounts His Journey Down the World’s Longest River

January 14, 2020 | By Pam LeBlanc

In 2012, Texan West Hansen led a paddling expedition down the Amazon River, following it from an icy trickle high in the Peruvian Andes to its wide and rushing terminus at the Atlantic Ocean in Brazil.

I Survived the Texas Water Safari

June 18, 2019 | By Pam LeBlanc

Today, three days after my finish, I feel feral. I also feel like Wonder Woman filled my lungs with magic air that makes me capable of doing almost anything I set my mind to.

Battling Snakes, Rapids, Mud, Spiders, and Heat While Training for the Texas Water Safari

May 20, 2019 | By Pam LeBlanc

I can distinctly remember telling a friend a decade ago that I’d never compete in the Texas Water Safari, a grueling 260-mile paddling race from San Marcos to the coastal Texas town of Seadrift.

“Sounds horrible,” I said. Snakes, rapids, mud, spiders, heat, and sitting on a hard plastic canoe seat for two or three days? No thanks.

The June 2024 cover of Texas Highways: Treasures from the Coast

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