Outdoor Sports and Spirituality

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At NAQAG we are always interested in hearing about the positives of an active outdoor lifestyle. Recently, a VICE article caught our eye on Why Are Surfers so Chill? How Surfing Impacts Mental Health. The premise of the article is a study published in Qualitative Health Research. The abstract claims there have been many studies …

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Adventure Log: New Zealand by Van

Locale: New Zealand Distance: Approximately 750km Date: August 2017 Style: Van Life Day 1 - Saturday. Arrive Queenstown. We departed early for a 6:00am flight, meeting at the airport around 4:00am. Mostly this was because it was simply the cheapest airfares, but as the plane was passing over the coastline of New Zealand we realised …

Natural Wisdom: What is the Difference Between a Fjord and a Sound?

The name Fjord will, for many people, conjure up mental images of Norway. One of the world's most famous Fjord's, however, is known by a different terminology: Milford Sound (pictured below).   This made us curious (like other similar nomenclature debates such as river, creek, stream, etc...) as to what, if any, the distinction was. …

Natural Wisdom: What do Tectonic Plate Boundaries Actually Look Like?

The theory of plate tectonics is fairly well-known and at a fundamental level, fairly easy to understand. But on a recent trip to New Zealand (a country heavily shaped by plate tectonics), we pondered the question: what can you actually see if you were to look down at the boundary between two tectonic plates. New …