Traveling By Sailboat

DSCN2579Mostly, I travel on foot.  I backpack.  Some times I travel by Canoe.  On rare occasions I sail.

IMG_1232Sailing might have to be the best though, it’s pure magic…or at least it feels that way.  You’re sitting there adjusting ropes and raising sails and then, as if by magic, the sails puff out and the boat begins to move… Continue reading

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Traveling is a brutality…

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“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese.

I recently stumbled on this quote and thought it was worth sharing.  To me, while “off balance” is certainly a good description, I find that over time I cling less to the desire for traditional balance and more to the desire for earth and sky and stars and crisp clean air in my lungs.

Still, there is often a brutality, and I think it can be misleading to tell folks otherwise.  This photo might be a good example, a beautiful sunrise and yet that was the first morning we woke to a hard deep frost…the cold was really biting and there was ice on our fuel bottles.

 

 

Traveling By Canoe

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As I’m planning my Scotland trip a crazy mini-plan is emerging…the idea is to some how acquire a canoe.  Canoes are big and heavy and expensive…they wont fit in your checked baggage, let alone your carry on!  They wont fit on the train (usually) or on a bus and fitting them on the roof of a car can be quite sketchy…but in the world of outdoor travel I’d still have to say that canoes are drastically underrated. Continue reading