Graham and Russell Henry arrived at Juno Beach, Florida after their 7,000-kilometere (4,349-miles) kayaking expedition on the Atlantic Ocean. They were at sea for nearly 200-days, close to seven months.
“The pair, according to Jake Edmiston, “landed at Juno Beach on the southern tip of Florida Saturday, 22 February 2014, seven months after leaving Belem, Brazil. They paddled along the South American coast between Caribbean Islands en route to the U.S.”
Kate Wentley reported on 24 February 2014 “Russell and Graham Henry spent 17 hours paddling the last leg, from Bimini to Juno Beach.”
Upon their arrival, “They were welcomed ashore at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center,” according to Wentley.
The Henry brothers are from Victoria, British Columbia.
While their epic journey “Has been an adventure of a lifetime,” the two brothers had other aims in mind.
“We want to share our passion for the outdoors, kayaking and tripping by telling our story at schools and youth groups. We hope to inspire them to get outside and dream big. Our trip will be the adventure of a lifetime and we want to inspire youth to get started on their own.”
According to Brian Henry, his two sons “Have always been outdoors-focused. But they are also gregarious and engaging speakers, making them naturals for making presentations to schoolchildren.”
Lori Griffith writes that Russell and Graham were fortunate to grow up in a community like Victoria where it was safe and geared to outdoor living.
In addition, their parents “Brian and Rosemary Henry gave their two boys lots of freedom and let them just go for it.
According to Griffith Mrs. Henry’s “Philosophy on life simply is if you don’t try it, you’ll never know what it’s like.”
With a mindset like that, “Graham and Russell grew up with an adventurous spirit, encompassing every outdoor sport and activity imaginable.”
In essence, the entire family was “Outdoor enthusiasts.” “They vacations kayaking on the west coast of Vancouver Island, whitewater rafting, skiing, rock climbing and exploring the west coast of Canada.”
Not only that, “Brian Henry opened an outdoor sporting store, Ocean River Sports, in Victoria 30 years ago, affording the Henry brothers exposure to some of the top kayakers in the world.”
Graham Henry is 22. He is a camp counselor and level 2b sea kayak guide. He looks forward to a career in environmental law.
Russell Henry is 21. He received his Adventure Sport certificate from Thompson Rivers University. He recently worked at Mount Washington.