Adventure Woman

Over the course of her travels, Roseburg's Beth Walz has witnessed penguins sliding atop icebergs in Antarctica. She's hitchhiked across New Zealand and Australia. She almost drowned while scuba diving in Jamaica. She's ridden a reindeer to the Siberian border — in a lightning storm.

As she led her Polish Arabian horse from its barn recently, Walz donned animal prints and a porcupine quill necklace — her long blond hair was shiny and styled, her nails painted, her makeup perfectly in place. The global explorer, at first glance, hardly seemed like the type that would tough it out in a tent.

But she is an adventurous woman. Before Walz turned 30, she had already touched down on all seven continents.

"Adventure and travel are in my blood," she said.

But it's not about where you've been or what you've seen, she said, it's about achieving personal goals. At 45 years old, Walz' most recent adventures have included completing an associate degree from Umpqua Community College in outdoor recreation and launching her newest endeavor,

The mission of Adventure Woman is to promote independence for females through worldwide travel, the exploration of international events and adventurous activities.

Adventure Woman is a motivational character named Ava Aviatrix, who, with her sidekick Trix the alligator, answers questions, gives travel tips and guides people to the must-see places of the world.

Adventure Woman encourages intellectual thinking, athleticism, self-sufficiency, camaraderie and justice. The Web site also pays tribute to women who have pioneered the way for others.

"I feel that women aren't acknowledged, valued and celebrated like they should be," Walz said about her decision to create Adventure Woman. Walz also has plans for children's' books and an Adventure Woman Junior link on the site.

Her fascination with other cultures began in South Elgin, Ill. In high school, she was a foreign exchange student in Germany. She later attended Arizona State University, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Tulsa and the University of Westminster in London, racking up a total of four degrees.

She studied international law, completed an internship for a member of Parliament in London and married a British lawyer. She worked as a defense attorney in Florida for eight years, representing hundreds of clients, but primarily defending juveniles.

During that time, she said, she saw one too many victims. She thought that by encouraging strong, independent, fulfilled women, there would be less crime and violence in society.

While she had designed Adventure Woman in Florida, a baby, a divorce and a career prevented her from focusing on Ava Aviatrix adventures.

She retired from law and moved to Roseburg in 2003 and remarried. Last year, after taking a creative writing class at UCC, she decided to pursue her idea. Independent graphic designer Kelsey Deaton of Florida said that a mutual friend introduced the two. They formed a fast friendship through e-mails and phone calls. Deaton said she thought Walz' idea for Adventure Woman was "exciting and inspiring."

She jumped on board to help create the brand identity.

"In some ways, Ava is modeled after Beth, but she's also a woman that every woman aspires to be and knows she can be," Deaton said of the character's classy/adventurous persona.

Walz said her goal is to inspire all women to "write their own permission slips," — to educate and empower women and girls and to encourage them to have fun while living life to the fullest.

"Everyone needs a little adventure in their life," she said. "Not everyone wants to climb Mount Everest, but every person has their own Mount Everest inside of them."

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