How to immerse yourself in your adventure 101

I don’t know why I find so much amusement in doing this.  I remember reading Endurance while in a wind storm in a deep antarctic field camp with the sound of the tent walls flapping a deafening sound, immersing me in what I can imagine Shackelton and his crew were experiencing.  Well, a much nicer version of it, in a world of C130’s and C17’s that I know will eventually come retrieve me from the vast white continent…eventually.   So when I found this book here on the island, a woman’s first hand experience living on one of these atolls in the northwest end of the Hawaiian archipelago, I knew I needed to take it out to the beach to read it.  I was reading the chapter she wrote about monk seals, while one was soaking in the sun, just like me, about 100 or so feet away.  I got a kick out of this, hopefully you will too…

 

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It reminded me of my backpacking trip to Patagonia.  I had just finished a hike and met a cool couple from Germany/Australia.  We got a box of wine and went to chill it in the glacial lake.  I opened my little pocket guide book to get ready for the next days trek and noticed this page…

 

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Its these moments where you just feel like you’re in the right place at the right time.  Like when I was at field camp and it was a “nice day” out.  When the sun was out and the wind was calm, I liked taking long walks down the empty ski-way where the planes would come in on.  One of those days I was walking, listening to my iPod shuffle when I looked around and with each step I took the light reflected off these giant snowflakes like giant diamonds all around me and in the distance for miles.  It was that moment I noticed the lyrics Bob Dylan was singing “I saw a highway of diamonds with nobody on it.”   I was like, “whaaaa???” what in the world was Dylan experiencing that he wrote those lyrics cause I was like totally on a highway of diamonds with nobody on it, and I’d put money on it that he wasn’t walking down the Ski-way at WAIS Divide Camp when he came up with that lyric. (Read that blog post here – A Highway of Diamonds)

 

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Its in these moments that I stop questioning life, I live in the moment and it overwhelms me.

 

 

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