DE PERE, Wis. (WBAY) - After an explosion took his eye sight, while serving in the U.S. Army, one veteran is paddling forward in a positive way.
Steve Baskis is all smiles after accomplishing his goal of kayaking the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.
"You don't feel disabled,” Baskis said. “You feel more able bodied. You know, don't diss my ability. That’s what I like to say."
Baskis shared his experience with fellow paddlers at the Northeast Wisconsin Paddlers Annual Meeting on Saturday.
"Well I’ve always been an adventurous person and after I lost my sight, I’ve tried to rebuild my life,” said Baskis.
Baskis lost his sight serving in the U.S. Army when an explosive device killed one of his fellow soldiers and left him blind.
Since that tragic incident, he's spent his spare time learning how to kayak.
“Doing something like this blind requires a lot of teamwork and I think it connects me to my service in a soldier in the military,” said Baskis.
Baskis said kayaking on white water takes a lot of team work.
During the Colorado River trip he had a primary guide and a secondary guide.
This was the first time a group of blind veterans kayaked down the Grand Canyon.
"We can do it and it's possible,” said Baskis.