Friday, April 18, 2014

"Balancing Rocks..."

 
Being appreciative of almost all things rock and stone, it was only a matter of time years ago before I became one who very much enjoys balancing these elemental bits and pieces.
There is indeed a wide array of techniques and imagination that is applied here.
A very distinct meditative patience to be practiced as well...
What can be so memorable and fun is the slow and gradual placement, representing something we each have envisioned in our mind.
Then the pure enjoyment of that outcome as we then gaze across the high places, and over the shorelines, where such exercises of balance unfolds before us.
This then feels very much like a metaphor for our many other adventures out there as well..... DSD



"There Is Something..."

"There is something about high places; something about lonely, wild places in general, desert, sea, barren ground, great salt lake - but something in particular about high ones...".  R. Schultheis

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"On The Way..."

 
"We may run, walk, even stumble... But let us never lose sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see the rainbow on the way...".  G. Gaither

"No Such Thing As Bad Weather..."

"For the man sound in body and serene of mind there is no such thing as bad weather; any sky has its beauty, and storms which whip the blood do but make it pulse more vigorously...".  G. Gissing

Monday, April 14, 2014

"A Metaphor In Motion..."

 
"To say why people climb mountains means to say something about why they do anything at all... Mountaineering is a figurative experience, a metaphor in actual motion...".  G. Suttles

"Never Tired Of Exploring..."

"I never tired of exploring it. Nor did I grow bored with the rugged trails, bushwacks, and scrambles that marked my days, the campfires, canopy of stars, and howling coyotes that soothed my nights...".  J. Annerino

Saturday, April 12, 2014

"I Didn't Know I Had It In Me...He Said..."

 
A thesis demonstrated, a question answered, a lesson proved - out on Outward Bound yet once more.
I have seen it so many times over the years. Now it was shared with me again as a friends young family member pondered over their own elusive adventure experience.
There were remembrances of the trials out on the trails, the pushing of limits towards summits, and the evolving but sure developing of confidences.
Further skills needed to be learned and then truly practiced. Also enduring connections needed to be made with others, and with the many elements out among the wild places.
Yet, what echoed out most especially and significantly was what was then stated by a young adventurer who then quietly said, "I didn't know I had it in me...".
What wonderfully, powerful words these are.
That reflect even more potent meanings for all of us who wander.
Their Outward Bound maxim is that there is always more within us than we ever first realize.
This musing is one that we are quietly invited to endlessly ask deeply of ourselves.
The lesson then proved, is the gift we now have, in the answers we each create, while adventuring far out there.
There was still wonder, surprise, even awe, on the face of this young friend as those words were repeated again. By someone who now senses what they do indeed truly have within themselves. A young person who will now carry these dawning realizations further forward, and ever upward, now throughout their unfolding life.
Just like when I said this myself...
Way back then, so very long ago, and still subtly often do now, time and time again as well.
Such a wonderful lasting echo this is..... DSD



"Adventure Is An Attitude..."

"Adventure isn't just hanging on a rope on the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day-to-day obstacles of life. Facing new challenges, seizing new opportunities, testing our resources against the unknown and, in the process, discovering our own unique potential...".  J. Amatt

Friday, April 11, 2014

"Even So....."

 
Very dark clouds there were.
Even colder winds.
Elements of weather seemingly to conspire.
In distracting me from my intentions.
Even so, today I decided to go a little farther...
Questionable conditions over such terrain.
Doubts of fitness too, as I feel not quite as prepared.
The angle and slope increases greatly as well.
Still, even so, this day I promised myself to go a bit higher...
Being out solo, can hold so many challenges.
Certain risks are even more apparent.
Personal responsibility becomes very important.
Yet, even so, amidst all of this I then adventured somewhat further...
That balance of risk and reward, adversities and unknowns.
Reaffirming our focus on choice, motivations, and commitment.
A long day it was back then, a much harder summit to attain.
Though, as we each realize, from what we discover within.
Many times on the very journey itself, over such paths.
This all makes the forever moments and memories, even so much more personal and precious..... DSD

Dedicated this adventure day to all those who keep on their paths when Adventuring For Another Reason.


 

"The Answer Becomes Clear..."

"The only way to understand what motivates a mountaineer is for one to seek out and engage the wilderness, for only in climbing the mountain does the answer become clear...".  Stephen Lyman

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

"The Present..."

 
"I pack up a rucksack and head off into the hills to pitch my tent, gaze at the sky, feel the wind and rain on my face, the rocks and earth under my feet, and bring my life back to the only thing that exists, the present...".  C. Townsend

"Our Way..."

"Our way is not soft grass. It's a mountain path with lots of rocks. But it goes upwards, forwards, towards the sun...".  R. Westheimer

Sunday, April 06, 2014

"Of Little Candles..."

 
What lasting illuminations these provide us, those little candles we often pack out there...
Most of us usually also take other sources for finding one's way and being able to look ahead while we wander. The power and usefulness of the newer style headlamps is amazing, yet I find I am never without a little enlightening candle as well.
I've even saved many of the stubs from our candle lanterns, as these left over bits of luminary hold more than remaining light within them.
Many years ago on Outward Bound, I was given a tiny candle. Just a half of one in a ditty bag, with some matches too. The light from this helped me to see to things at the end of our very long days. It invited me to watch the flickering and then ponder why we did what we had done through our Outward Bound adventure experiences. Especially why they were purposeful, and how they provided revelations about the fun and laughter amidst all the inherent trials  and challenges.
I still have that special little stub of a candle.
Knowing it is there makes the memories brighter, helps me to envision the light of horizons yet journeyed towards, and to foresee the possibility of even further adventures.
Candles are also comforting. Like a little glimmering fire we carry with us, providing company and also warmth over so many seasons.
Little candles remind us to be mindful as well. They provide us with a means to focus and meditate too upon our wild experiences, if we enjoy such rituals and traditions.
Tiny candles are not just useful objects for us. They help us dispel the shadows, see our way, find our place out there. They show us how to look ahead. Then how to understand and interpret things.
They are an enduring torch. A means for discovery and imagination.
Then, after so many long seasons of wandering, perceiving, and seeing, our little candles become a very special way of recalling so many wonderful forever memories as well..... DSD




"Of Height And Depth..."

"On the mountain, stillness surges up to explore its own height. In the lake, movement stands still to contemplate its own depth...".  Tagore