Sailing snorkelling and sleeping out

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Fancy spending an hour on a sailing adventure in the Philippines?

While the Haliburton County Community Cooperative can’t transport you there Dec. 13, you can hear all about Andrea Hagarty and Johnny Waite’s tale of their February 2023 trip at the Speaker Series at the fish hatchery Dec. 13.

The two travelled on a 74’ wooden Paraw through the Palawan Islands.

The Cooperative’s Barrie Martin said that in addition to sharing their experiences of sailing, snorkeling and sleeping in traditional bamboo huts on remote islands, Hagarty and Waite “will be telling the incredible story of how the provider, Tao Adventures, has become an integral part of the local economy, providing hundreds of jobs for the wonderful people from this extraordinary corner of the world.”

He said the two have promised to share images of spectacular scenery, stormy seas, and endless adventures.

Hagarty is the long-time proprietor of Bonnie View Inn on Lake Kashagawigamog. Waite is a coach, speaker and international event organizer, having created various adventure races in dozens of countries.

They started dating in February 2015 and, after agreeing to “keep it casual” ended up traveling the world together instead – and got married in December 2015 in Mendoza, Argentina after climbing Mount Aconcagua (the tallest mountain outside the Himalayas).

Since then, they have never looked back and, now retired, have founded The Golden Age of Adventure – a company devoted to creating travel experiences for others.

This is the second time they have been speaker series guest presenters.

“When we spoke about our Aconcagua climb, it took us right back to the mountain ourselves, so we are very much looking forward to revisiting this awesome sailing experience,” the two said.

Martin added, “the season is off to a great start with three very entertaining and informative presentations behind us. We are very excited for the months ahead. Maryam Monsef, Ian Tamblyn, Charlie Angus, Ted Barris, Ruth Walker, Jane Selbie, Wendy Wood and Sandi Luck will be our featured speakers.”

The series happens on the second Wednesday of the month, at 7-9 p.m. at the HHOA Fish Hatchery. Admission is $15 per person payable, at the door. If you would like to receive more information or have a story you would like to tell, please email barrieinthehighlands@gmail.com or call 705-457-7557.