Adventuring The WorldHigh in the Rocky Mountains with “Ride the Divide” from Canada to Mexico, 2,800 miles of the toughest mountain bicycle racing in the world. Steep grades, swirling blizzards and freezing rain, bears… I loved it!

“His destiny was to always be a’going,” Osa Johnson wrote of her adventurer journalist husband Martin. I informed my Mom when I was about seven that I would be like that. Always a’going… A journalist/photographer.

U.S. Navy: The dream began when I enlisted at 17 and became a Navy newspaper feature writer with a license literally to travel throughout the Navy chasing stories…

U.S. Army: I enlisted in the Army when the Vietnam War began and became a member of Special Forces Reserves, the Green Berets, conducting missions throughout the world…

Central America: Midnight mission parachuting into Panama that was under pressure from communist insurgents. Our DZ signal was a small bonfire in a clearing next to the ocean wildly whipped about by winds as we climbed our risers to avoid landing in the storm-tossed ocean…

Korea: Parachuting onto the DMZ under cover of darkness, peering down directly into the night of Communist Korea…

Egypt: Racing camels past the Great Pyramid. I came in second place, losing first place because ol’ Clyde put on the brakes to take a nibble from a desert tidbit…

Algeria: Three young black Nigerian girls whom I befriended told me how they had been captured and sold into slavery by terrorists…

Tanzania, Africa: Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest free-standing peak in Africa…

Rodeo: On the circuit as a bareback bronc rider and rodeo clown…

Kickboxer: Training under middleweight champion Dale Apollo Cook, fighting a number of amateur bouts before turning pro at age 51, winning my first fight, and retiring as a pro with a perfect 1-0 record…

WWII Parachute Demonstration Team: Age 74, a member of the WWII Parachute Demonstration Team, jumping out of a C-47 actually used at the Normandy Invasion…

Running with the Bulls: Pamplona, Spain, as Ernest Hemingway had written about. I beat the bulls…

Police Officer: Miami, Florida, working “Salt-and-Pepper” teams in the ghetto with one of the highest crime rates in the nation…

Police Homicide Detective: Tulsa, Oklahoma. Then-Governor David Boren referred to me during a serial murder case as “perhaps the best homicide detective in the nation…”

Arctic: Dogsledding with Inuit (Eskimo) friend to Greenland…

Inside Passage: Solo-kayaking Canada’s Inside Passage from Washington to Alaska…

Canoeing the Yukon: Solo-canoeing across the Yukon to Alaska…

Combat Correspondent: Vietnam, Africa, Asia, Central America…Soldier of Fortune, Vietnam, Modern Warfare, Tulsa Tribune…

Missing in Action: A Salvadoran friend assassinated. The American Embassy reported me dead or missing—but I was actually up in Chalatanango with a Salvadoran brigade combating guerrillas…

Touring Europe by Motorcycle: From north to south, east to west…

Homeless: Living on the streets with the homeless in Seattle to write about it…

Occupy Wall Street: Living undercover in New York’s Zuccotti Park OWS protesters…

Sailing the Caribbean: Living and sailing on 17-foot sailboat…

I lost girlfriends and three wives along the way. They couldn’t take the uncertainty of the way I lived; I don’t blame them, but they knew how I was from the beginning.

Happy ending though. I met and married Donna Sue 24 years ago. Strong and beautiful, she sometimes accompanies me abroad. Her son Darren, now my son too, said our meeting was no accident. He had prayed for me to come along.

God had indeed been good to me, and protected me even when I didn’t realize it. Now that I’m getting older, I have asked God if I made it to Heaven could Donna Sue please be with me and would He let me adventure the entire universe.

Just imagine the wonders that must be out there!

Charles W. Sasser is author of over 60 books and thousands of magazine articles and short stories. His most recent book is Crushing the Collective: The Last Chance for America to Remain Free and Self-Governing, available at bookstores and on Google. Look for Looneyville USA to be released soon.