always known him to be in top physical condition. In
fact, at the height of his career, Danielís body fat
measured a mere four percent!
Daniel is a big proponent of the philosophy ďyou are
what you eat.Ē He not only eats well, but he also
refuses to compromise his health by indulging in illicit
substances. Water is Danielís drink of choice! So when a
lump mysteriously appeared on his leg and tested
positive for cancer, I was dumbfounded! Everyone close
to Daniel was shocked by the news, but we were impressed
by the positive attitude he sustained during treatment.
Daniel shares this cancer episode at the forefront of
his stories and reveals the source of his optimistic
outlook on life.
The way in which we react to lifeís curve balls is a
testament to our individual attitudes. Through his
cancer experience, Daniel came to appreciate the fact
that he was blessed to have lived a full life, as this
collection demonstrates. Danielís (or Dayneís) antics
turn some of the most routine outings into adventures.
Over the years, I had loosely suggested to Daniel that
he pen some of his escapades, but it wasnít until he
expressed a desire to write about nature that I strongly
encouraged this project. After purchasing his second
home, a log cabin in Pennsylvaniaís Pocono Mountains,
Daniel became interested in black bears and concerned
about protecting their habitats. After interviewing and
spending time in the field with bear biologists, Daniel
wanted an outlet by which to share the information he
had gathered. So, I offered to help him write a
Overconfidence often lands my friend in precarious and
humbling situations, and on one of his weekend
excursions, Daniel nearly drowned in a kayaking
accident. His fervor for life had been taken to yet
another level following the near-death experience, and
he told the story so passionately that I insisted it
make our next newspaper deadline. The kayaking story was
well received and the editor was eager for more variety,
so we began writing some of his other escapades. Dr.
Carter Cloyd, a good friend to Daniel Pope, was
initially introduced in the kayaking story. He would
become a recurring character; one of many curious Dayne
Traveler sidekicks mentioned in this book.
One of my life-long goals had always been to write a
book, so putting these stories together has been a real
joy. Having seen Daniel successfully complete many
tasks, I knew heíd be the perfect partner for such a
project. Coincidentally, he had similar thoughts. Thus,
our writing adventure began.
One of my aspirations has finally come to fruition and I
credit much of the accomplishment to Danielís
persistence. A disciplined athlete and karate champion,
he has an innate gift to motivate people to strive for
their personal best. But since he carefully separates
his personal and professional lives, some do not get to
see his light-hearted side. Being such a close friend,
however, I do, and through The Adventures of Dayne
Traveler, you will too.