116 responses

  1. Connie Chan
    January 16, 2017

    It was an old post but it’s never too late to read your story because it’s very inspiring at all times. You are so brave, happy and positive, which I believe not everyone can actually do that. Keep going Talon!

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    • Celene
      November 2, 2017

      I completely agree with Connie. I teared up reading that. I’m really inspired by your message of drive and growth, your determination, selfless love and wanderlust. You go, Talon!

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      • Talon Windwalker
        November 7, 2017

        Thanks!

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  2. Jenna
    February 28, 2016

    What an incredible story! Thank you for sharing it. I’m a single parent as well who, after raising my girls, am now raising my grandsons, both of whom have FASD. (They are 3 and 4) On Friday the boys will be available for adoption which the agency is forcing me to do. Unfortunately that means they withdraw all funding and supports for the boys including daycare. I’m thinking of doing exactly what you did….chucking it all and taking them around the world. Without funding we can’t afford to live in Canada anyway. I found you when I googled traveling the world as a single parent. So glad I did! New follower 🙂

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    • Talon Windwalker
      February 28, 2016

      Wow, you have quite the challenge on your hands!

      So glad you found our site and like it! Wishing you the best in your next steps.

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  3. Tracey Mansted
    September 28, 2014

    Talon – this is an amazing story. A real insight into your determination and success! Thanks for sharing this very personal journey you and your family are making together.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      September 29, 2014

      Thanks, Tracey. I hope sharing my story(ies) helps others.

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  4. Victoria
    December 23, 2013

    Wow. What a story. And what a lucky kid to have you as an inspiring father and role model. I don’t have kids (life choice) but I truly believe that having kids shouldn’t prohibit people from experiencing the gifts that travel offers. I intend to take my nephews and nieces far and wide as soon as they’re old enough (have started already but usually with parents on hand). I valiantly hope that more people with kids read stories like yours and are inspired to be similarly adventurous. Well done you. And not to mention in the face of all that adversity too.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 23, 2013

      I think traveling with kids greatly enhances the experience to be honest. It forces you to slow down and absorb more of the local area, customs, etc.

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  5. frankaboutcroatia
    December 21, 2013

    What an incredible story! Talon, you are a real inspiration! Life hasn’t always been easy with you, but you fighted back. I’m happy that everything worked out for you and Tigger. Happy travels. I am looking forward to following your adventures.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 21, 2013

      Thank you. Yes, I’m definitely a fighter and a survivor. “Can’t” is a dirty word in my house. 😉 Thanks for following along!

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  6. Kim
    December 18, 2013

    Wow! You Rock! I admire you for all you have been through and all you are doing!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2013

      Thank you!

      Reply

  7. emma@gottakeepmovin
    April 27, 2013

    Okay so there are dozens of comments before mine here, but just wanted to say amazing job on all of this! I run my own travel site and have been following you guys for a while on Facebook. Your updates are great and I’ve been on your blog a few times but haven’t read this story before. 2011 was my year that I was VERY happy to say goodbye to, so I know that feeling all to well. Basically, high five for getting through it all and for all this travelling you’re doing! Looking forward to hearing even more amazing stories.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      April 27, 2013

      Thanks! It was definitely a year to remember and made the following one even sweeter.

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  8. Talon
    January 25, 2013

    I actually didn’t name 2012. I guess you could say it was the Year of Come What May. LOL I simply left myself open to whatever was coming my way and also worked at sending out my own desires for the year, and it was a phenomenal year!

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  9. Linda
    January 25, 2013

    I know it’s been said, but… wow. What was 2012 the year of?

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  10. Craig
    January 19, 2013

    Amazing message,I am on the brink of stepping out to follow my dreams of traveling the world. I am currently in Afghanistan and have been here for a total of 5.5 years. I am ready to see more places that are more accepting to an american face. Thank you for your advice and words of motivation. May you have more voyages of success in your life.

    V/R
    Craig Connor

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    • Talon
      January 25, 2013

      I am happy to hear you’ll soon be stepping out to follow your own dream! Wonderful!

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  11. Carmen
    September 27, 2012

    Wow, what an inspirational story. Good on you for taking life by the balls and living for your passions.

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    • Talon
      September 27, 2012

      Thank you! Only way to live in my opinion.

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  12. Becky
    August 18, 2012

    Thank you so much for sharing your blog with me (@kidworldcitizen). Everything in this post is inspiring…. from the weight loss, to the distance running, to the world travel. I have a lot to think about right now:).

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    • 1dad1kid
      August 18, 2012

      Glad it gave you some food for thought. Keep reading. J

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  13. Jodie
    August 3, 2012

    Everything you say here is beautful.  How are you fairing at the moment?  You seem to be an extremely outgoing man (and father), and that is very impressive.  Good luck to you and your’s.

    Jodie

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    • 1dad1kid
      August 3, 2012

      Thank you! Yes, I’m just a bit of an extrovert. J We’re doing well. Enjoying life on Cozumel.

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  14. Don
    June 17, 2012

    Thats a possibility, I would love to do some diving with you and Tigger. We might even teach Estela how to dive. I will have to check out the possibilities. You can advise us on the hotels ect. Later my friend. Have fun in Peru!  Regards—Don

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    • 1dad1kid
      June 17, 2012

      That would be wonderful! Think Estela is adventurous enough? LOL

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  15. Don
    June 16, 2012

    Hey Talon, I sent you the pictures of all of us in Olon EC. I wrote the co-owner of the resort we stayed and stated our dismay of the diplorable conditions and less than promised facility and services. Hope you and Tigger are doing good and are now in Peru. Let us know how you guys are doing. Heck who knows, maybe we will be lucky and be able to hook up someplace else of mutual interest to see? Take care and be well. —-Don

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    • 1dad1kid
      June 17, 2012

      Hey there! Thanks for sending the photos. Glad you also sent her a note. She only seemed mildly responsive. Hopefully with your note she’ll take things a bit more seriously. Yes, we arrived in Lima at around 4:45. LONG day of travel but feeling better after Middle Eastern food and plenty of alcohol. LOL Would love to meet up again some place! How about Cozumel next?

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  16. Chemae
    June 13, 2012

    Hello Talon,
    This is so exciting what you have been doing with your son.  I have thought about you often and I am so happy for you.  I am so glad you are living your dream.  I  believe we should all do that.  You have been through so much yet come out on the side of adventure and living the life that you have wanted. Congratulationns and I hope to keep in touch through your blogs or tweets.  Where are you and Tigger currently?  Take care friend!
    Chemae

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    • 1dad1kid
      June 13, 2012

      Hi Chemae! Yes, it has been quite a ride indeed. We are currently in a small coastal town in Ecuador called Olón. Enjoying some beach time before we head to Peru later this week.

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      • Chemae
        June 13, 2012

        How wonderful for you and your son. I will follow your blog and travels!! 

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  17. Angela Amenta
    June 10, 2012

    I found you via your article about the Ingrams. You are living my dream! I hope that I can discover the courage you have to change my life for me and my youngest son. Exciting to see a single parent do it. Thank you look forward to more. Aloha!

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    • 1dad1kid
      June 12, 2012

      Thank you and welcome! I hope sharing our story helps you.

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  18. WanderingEducators
    June 8, 2012

    SO proud of you. and life throws you curveballs – you seem to be batting quite well. 🙂

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    • 1dad1kid
      June 8, 2012

      Thank you. I am definitely a stubborn survivor by nature. LOL

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  19. Shawn Bolvi-Singleton
    June 5, 2012

    Reread, Reinspired.  <3

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    • 1dad1kid
      June 5, 2012

      Thank you!

      Reply

  20. Jenn @ Girl Heroes
    May 17, 2012

    It’s amazing how our lives can change when we address our physical health. My lifw took a change for the better when I faced my apathy towards my body. Well done!

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    • 1dad1kid
      May 17, 2012

      So very true. Congrats on your changes as well!

      Reply

  21. Hannah
    May 6, 2012

    I’m so glad you just tweeted a link to this pos as I am new to your blog… but will now be a regular reader. Your story is so inspiring, and I’m sure it must have taken a lot to share it. Thank you for your honesty, I look forward to reading more 🙂

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    • 1dad1kid
      May 6, 2012

      Thank you & welcome!

      Reply

  22. Kiribowers
    April 15, 2012

    I’m blown away by this post. Seriously dude, you’re so brave. Love your attitude to life and children and I’m now hooked!

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  23. christy burns mclaughlin
    April 2, 2012

    glad you sent me to this Talon- I had no idea some of the pain you went through in 2010. Looks like you’re living large as you planned and enjoying it with Tigger. Carpe Diem…

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    • 1dad1kid
      April 2, 2012

      Definitely living without regrets. J Miss running & cycling, though.

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  24. Kirsten Alana
    December 29, 2011

    I’m just nearly speechless. WOW. Soo glad I discovered your blog through the RSS feed that AOB set up. I know what it’s like to struggle too. Boy do I. I look forward to following your continuing journeys.

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    • Anonymous
      December 29, 2011

      So glad you found us, too!

      Reply

  25. Heidi
    November 12, 2011

    Wow – I love your blog.  I am amazed at how similar some parts of our stories are.  My partner and I are nurses, adopted a son, and went through a heartbreaking attempt to adopt a child that was very violent, etc.  I have really enjoyed your blog.  Our 16 yo DS hates to travel, and I am travel starved.  We are missing little ones though, and are trying to figure out if we should adopt another child or start travelling more.  My partner is trying to convince me we can do both.  So thank you for putting out your experience doing it.
    Heidi 

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    • Anonymous
      November 12, 2011

      That is so awesome! 16 is a rough age to get kids traveling if they aren’t used to it already, and even then. The wonderful “my world is my friends” stage. J Kudos to you!

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  26. Ree, Matt & 3 kiddos
    November 2, 2011

    Life truly can be funny in a totally humorous way! Myself and my husband have struggled through more than many, in our thirty something years, and we’re now in the middle of our exit plan to travel with our children permanently. We were speaking together about how when you’re continually thrown negatives, you develop an “it will be fine” attitude and laugh in the face of anything that gets you down, and reading your post here, just enforces for me that sometimes those who battle hardships and stand tall above them are the luckiest on earth, it shapes them (us) into people that learn to throw caution to the wind and embrace life for all it is. After all, anything bad that might happen is just another speed bump right? I truly look forward to discovering more of your blog, so glad to have found it. Ree 🙂

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    • Anonymous
      November 2, 2011

      Exactly. Any time I’m confronted with a challenge I just think “Meh, I’ve been through worse.” J Congrats on preparing for another part of your great adventure!

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  27. Butterfly
    September 3, 2011

    Hi, I just found your blog….you are living my dream. I am 51, retired (and on a pension, so I am lucky), but I just got custody of my 19 month old grandson. I would love to turn him into a world traveler. Do you think a woman towing a young baby would have an impossible time of it?

    Thanks!

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    • Anonymous
      September 3, 2011

      Not at all! There are several families I know of that travel with their babies, and some of those did/do so as single mothers as well. That’s great you want to do this!

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  28. Lori Bonnell
    June 25, 2011

    LOVE IT!!!

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  29. Lori Bonnell
    June 25, 2011

    LOVE IT!!!

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    • Anonymous
      June 25, 2011

      Thank you!

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  30. Lori Bonnell
    June 25, 2011

    LOVE IT!!!

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  31. Anonymous
    June 1, 2011

    It’s really heartwarming to read your story and I’m so glad I caught you at the beginning of your exciting voyage. I really commend your openness to exploring other cultures and bringing TIgger the opportunity to experience other cultures in depth. I’ve added you to my blog roll (I think that other expats could be inspired by your adventures http://expatinmexico.wordpress.com) and look forward to reading your upcoming entries!

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    • Anonymous
      June 1, 2011

      Thank you! I’m so glad you found us as well and appreciate you getting the word out, etc.

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  32. Lula Lola
    April 30, 2011

    I am excited for you! What an amazing experience y’all are going to have! I’m day dreaming of such a thing myself. Can’t wait to hear about your adventure! Good luck to you!

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  33. Corey
    April 19, 2011

    Thank you for sharing. It’s taken me a long time to get around to reading this but now I’m glad I finally did. Your story is amazingly inspirational. Thank you.

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    • Anonymous
      April 19, 2011

      Thank you! Hope it helps people.

      Reply

  34. kay*
    February 27, 2011

    wow. what an incredible story. you seem to have overcome a lot and i’m so incredibly excited about what you’ll make of 2011 – (coincidentally i also call 2011 my year of adventure). I’m glad to have found your blog and look forward to following along with you on your journey with Tigger! Definitely inspirational and kudos to you for wanting to show your son the world. When I become a parent that’s something I’d like to do too!

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    • Anonymous
      February 27, 2011

      Thank you! Glad to hear 2011 is the year of adventure for other people as well. So glad you found us and are going to journey along with us!

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  35. rhythm_blues
    February 26, 2011

    I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog.

    Since you mentioned Africa and biking, do you know about the Tour D’Afrique? My brother did their Cairo to Cape Town bike race/expedition last year, and it was an amazing experience for him. Maybe you and your son would want to consider it when you reach Africa, especially now that you’re planning to spend several years traveling. I don’t know if Tour D’Afrique has a minimum age requirement.

    http://www.tourdafrique.com/tours/tourdafrique

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    • Anonymous
      February 27, 2011

      Thanks for the info. Looks pretty amazing but WAY out of our budget.

      Reply

  36. Lisa E
    February 14, 2011

    Wow…what a story! A wild ride. Intense. Powerful. Inspirational. I got goosebumps reading it. I like how you burned an effigy of 2009…v cool….and I love how you’re saying goodbye to the past in general and a huge hello to the now and the future. It really is YOUR turn and I totally look forward to seeing what happens next!

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    • Anonymous
      February 14, 2011

      Thanks so much. Definitely has been a ride! Looking forward to the next part
      of my Journey.

      http://1dad1kid.com

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  37. Toddlerontour
    February 9, 2011

    I just want to extent my heartfelt congrats and admiration for the sheer determination and strength you’ve shown to get to this point. Absolutely inspirational. I didn’t realise you were a runner too- it’s something I’m getting into and absolutely love, and I find your story really gave me the kick I needed to focus on it more! Half marathon next month it is! 🙂 Will be following your journey with interest 🙂 Becki (@toddlerontour)

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    • Anonymous
      February 9, 2011

      Awesome! I’m so glad it helped you. And I’ll be interested to hear how your
      half goes.

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  38. Lorna – the roamantics
    January 28, 2011

    wow. i’m so awed by this. i’m facing a tough time right now of another sort, and seeing how you’ve come through all of this and how courageous you are to share it is so encouraging and inspiring. your words- “but I really do believe we create our own reality, and so the universe has been forewarned: This year, we’re livin’ large!” resonates with me so strongly! cheers to that and best of wishes for 2011 🙂

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    • Anonymous
      January 28, 2011

      I’m so glad it connected for you. I’m sorry to hear you’re going through a rough patch right now, but I’m so happy that you’re moving forward and giving the universe your own warning.

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  39. E Kirkland0
    January 26, 2011

    We have a lot in common. AK Fam is missing one member. http://www.elituqakbrady.blogspot.com We call him “Wolf”. 🙂

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    • Anonymous
      January 26, 2011

      Wow. Just read some of the Wolf posts.

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  40. Bubba GotPassport
    January 10, 2011

    Finally made the time to visit your blog (too much time spent of FB/Twitter), and I’m in total amazement about your journey thus far. As others have said, truly inspirational. I can’t wait to see what unfolds during 2011! I feel very fortunate to have you as new friends in our lives, and can’t wait to see you guys in Chiang Mai!!!

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    • Anonymous
      January 10, 2011

      Thanks, Bubba. Looking forward to meeting you all later this yr as well!

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  41. Aaron
    January 8, 2011

    What a truly inspirational story! Life sure is a roller coaster and I can’t wait to see what you can achieve in your Year of Adventure! Talk about grabbing the bull by the horns! Go get ’em!

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    • Anonymous
      January 8, 2011

      Sure is! Thanks for the kind words.

      Reply

  42. Martha Burke
    January 6, 2011

    Man, thanks for writing this. It’s just what I needed to read today, even though I’m now mightily frustrated that I can’t get up and go for a run right away. I’m looking at an operation before I can get going again unfortunately. But you’ve helped me bring things back into perspective and your achievements over the few years have been extraordinary. Last year was last year and I hope you and Tigger have an amazing, adventurous 2011, sounds like you really deserve it.

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    • Anonymous
      January 7, 2011

      So glad it helped you! I’m looking at a possible knee surgery as well, so I can completely empathize with you! Hope you’re healing quickly.

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  43. Ayngelina
    January 6, 2011

    Wow thanks for putting it all out there, it takes a lot of courage to do that.

    My father passed away when I was 5 and after that I was a chubby child bordering on adolescent issues when my mother gently pushed me toward soccer. It was definitely a life saver and while I profess to be the laziest traveler ever, often passing up hiking, physical activity is definitely in the center of my life.

    So amazed that through all your challenges you opened your life to others. Really inspiring.

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    • Anonymous
      January 6, 2011

      Thank you, and thanks for sharing some of your story as well.

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  44. Lachlan Cotter
    January 4, 2011

    Dude — I had no idea how many personal challenges you’ve risen to over these last few years. The way you’ve transformed yourself and your life is TRULY awesome. You’re a brilliant example of the power of an unshakable dream and I salute you for it.

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    • Anonymous
      January 4, 2011

      Thanks! Appreciate your kind words.

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  45. Breakaway Backpacker
    January 4, 2011

    Wow I am amazed and in awwww. This brings so many things into perspective. This is a ver insperational post and thanks for sharing it. Now I know I need to stop bitching and complaining next time I do any type of physical activity…lol!!! One day I will run a marathon~

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    • Anonymous
      January 4, 2011

      If I could do it weighing 240 pounds and with only 3 months of training. . . 🙂

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  46. Laura
    January 4, 2011

    Wow just wow, what an inspiraton you are. Really hope you and your son have the experience of a lifetime during your Year of Adventure!

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    • Anonymous
      January 4, 2011

      Thank you!

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  47. Amy & Kieron
    January 4, 2011

    Inspirational Talon – to overcome all of these obstacles and challenges to get where you are now is a massive effort and you deserve all the great things coming your way in 2011! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing your story with us.

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    • Anonymous
      January 4, 2011

      Thanks! Definitely has been a ride!

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  48. Jill – Jack and Jill Travel
    January 3, 2011

    Wow, what year — I’m glad I got to know you better through this post. I lost my 15 year old dog too last year and I wasn’t even there when they put her down, I still got teary eyed thinking about it.

    Anyway, here’s to an awesome 2011! You deserve it!

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    • Anonymous
      January 3, 2011

      Thanks for the well wishes. Sorry about your pooch!

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  49. Laura
    January 3, 2011

    Yikes! Your running story sounds like mine with the “I’ll never run a marathon”… but now I’ve run 3 🙂 However, I now stand at “I will never run an ultra”. So impressive. What a tough couple of years you have had, but I am so looking forward to your future travels!

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    • Anonymous
      January 3, 2011

      Thank you! Nice to know another nutso runner, even if you aren’t tackling ultras. Yet. 🙂

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  50. Jeremy Branham
    January 3, 2011

    Wow, what a change you have made – in many ways! My brother-in-law does the ultra marathons as well and is pretty hardcore about them (maybe you have him?). I have a lot of admiration for people that can do that because I hate running – much less for that many miles!

    As for the last couple of years, you have had it rough! Hopefully you have a turnaround and a great 2011!

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    • Anonymous
      January 3, 2011

      Thanks. Has definitely been a ride and a half! 🙂

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  51. Kim Hamper
    January 2, 2011

    You are amazing. All the setbacks with cancer get so frustrating that sometimes I feel like everyone else is moving forward, and I alone am getting held back, and all attempts at forward movement are ultimately pointless. My attitude, in short, SUCKS! Thank you for your positivity – I think I will go re-find mine too. 2009 and 2010 get the finger from me too. Wishing you all the best in 2011. -k

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    • Anonymous
      January 2, 2011

      I can only imagine, Kim. My cancer was so much easier to treat than what you had to go through. Hope your leg is feeling better!

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  52. Estelle
    January 2, 2011

    You’ve come a long way, baby! 😉 I’m so happy for you and Tigger. What a wonderful outlook for this coming new year. May this be your best year yet.

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    • Anonymous
      January 2, 2011

      Indeed! 🙂

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  53. Dawn Moreno
    January 2, 2011

    I’m so proud of you, Talon. You ARE creating your own reality. So many people let life’s pain get them down and they stay in a pig pen of grief, victimhood, and pain. You said “oh, hell no!” The pain you’ve been through w/ your oldest son, your dad, precious spirit Pepe, and even prior could have killed your spirit, but you rose back up. I am going to enjoy reading of your adventures. God bless you and Tigger.

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    • Anonymous
      January 2, 2011

      Thanks, Dawn. Yes, “Oh hell no!” has become another mantra for me. LOL

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  54. Charlene
    January 2, 2011

    Talon, it has been such an honor knowing you and being able to follow along as your journey enfolds, every peak, every valley. I truly admire you and look forward to having an armchair view of your upcoming father and son adventure. You truly are an inspiration! ~ Char

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    • Anonymous
      January 2, 2011

      Thank you! I appreciate that.

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  55. my.
    January 2, 2011

    Wow, what a journey you’ve been on. Thanks for sharing your personal story. It helps your readers to connect with you a little more. I look forward to reading more of your Year of Adventure. And Tigger is lucky to have you as a father. 🙂

    — Michelle

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    • Anonymous
      January 2, 2011

      Thanks, Michelle. Been a very reflective time for me. Hoped maybe it could help others by sharing as well. And thank you for the wonderful compliment. Most of the time I wonder if I’m worthy enough to be his dad. Hopefully he’ll still feel lucky when we’ve been travelling for months. LOL

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  56. Jamie N
    January 2, 2011

    Wow! I thought I was having a tough year, some family health emergencies, my sister possibly losing her first born this past September and dealing with my own weight issues. Very glad to see how you made it through all of that and with a positive can do attitude as well. I try to be as positive as possible and love to hear stories of people making it through and deciding to live on their own terms. Congratulations on being an adoptive parent and also with your travel plans. Seeing your story helps keep me motivated to do what I have to do to do what I want to do.
    Hope to see you guys around someday.

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    • Anonymous
      January 2, 2011

      Thanks, Jamie! Appreciate you sharing and your kind words. We definitely need to run into you guys!

      Reply

  57. Anonymous
    January 2, 2011

    Here’s hoping 2011 is a great one! Very inspiring post, thanks for writing it. Maybe we’ll cross paths in Africa at some point. 🙂

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    • Anonymous
      January 2, 2011

      That would be really cool! Thanks for the compliment and well wishes as well.

      Reply

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