Saturday, August 29, 2015

Adventure Inspirations – The Discomfort of Adventure

“You’ve been so long in the rain, you feel like a dirty dish rag. But despite the misery of your water soaked body, you look around to see verdant leaves dripping with water. The air entering your lungs smells vibrantly clean. To experience adventure, you must be willing to be uncomfortable at times and enjoy the loneliness by being happy with your own singing. A song pops out of your mouth… "It rained all night the day I left, the weather it was fine…”  

- Frosty Wooldridge, Golden, Colorado, camped out in Hyder, Alaska near a grizzly bear’s den -

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Changing of the Guard

Every hour, 24-hours a day, 365-days a year, visitors can witness the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. Not only did I have the privilege of seeing this elaborate ritual, but it was immediately followed by a somber wreath laying ceremony.

More than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans, and their families have been laid to rest in the cemetery. I was honored to have the opportunity to pay my respects to all those who have sacrificed so much in service to our country.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Adventure Inspirations – Edward Abbey

"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds."

-Edward Abbey-

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Our National Capitol

I recently had the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C. for the first time. Despite the oppressive August heat and humidity, it was worth the effort. The city itself was much more user friendly than I thought it would be, and the monuments gracing the National Mall were awe-inspiring and humbling. There was so much to see that I felt we only scratched the surface, so hopefully I can return someday and take in the rest of the historical and cultural sites of the city. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Adventure Inspirations – Fork In The Road

"We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost's familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road / the one less traveled by / offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth."

-Rachel Carson-