Saturday, April 22, 2017

"Earth Teach Me To Remember..."

Below is a reading from the Ute Peoples of North America, as quoted by P.Novak. 
A wonderful musing for pondering over adventure, life lessons learned, and experiences remembered, 
for our shared Day for the Earth.
It could be said that the Ute Peoples were among the first climbers, canyoneers, and rock artists out in these wild lands.
"Earth teach me to remember...
Earth teach me stillness
as the grasses are stilled by light.
Earth teach me suffering
as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility
as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring
as the mother who secures her young.
Earth teach me courage
as the tree which stands all alone.
Earth teach me limitation
as the ant which crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom
as the eagle which soars in the sky.
Earth teach me resignation
as the leaves which die in the fall.
Earth teach me regeneration
as the seed which rises in the spring.
Earth teach me forget myself
as the melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me kindness
as dry fields weep with rain."
Metaphors with such meaning.
Each day a new beginning.
Every day something worth learning.
All adventures within themselves... DSD   

"Daring To Dare..."

"To dare,
is to lose one's footing momentarily.
To not dare,
is to lose oneself...".
Soren Kierkegaard



Friday, April 21, 2017

"For Fur, Feathers, And Fins Fridays..."

I once was able to watch a grey wolf at play when out on an adventure. 
This animal was a mystery in motion to me. 
At that time I knew so little about them, and yet found myself so very impressed by its grace of movement and its playful behavior. 
When it finally looked over in my direction and met my gaze, there was a moment there, where I wondered whom was really watching who..... DSD 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

"Adventurous Mysteries..."


"Hidden in and under the mountain, and all around it, is a mystical, linear elegance, an atmosphere, the long jewel-like ridges. There is a meaning for us, an extended journey, a project of inspiration to which our minds will be apprenticed".
"The mountains... are an exultant image whose mirrors create the effect of endlessly receding planes. Their image is suddenly clear, then is blurred, an expression of our presence".
"The mountain... obscures itself among other mountains, finds secrecy in its weather and moods
There is a strangeness, one of a beautiful worth. A storm breaks. We are called to its prismatic, poetic mood, a beauty that pervades every part of us... for all that is given, and that we are blessed to know, and must leave hidden."   Pat Ament
Many life long mountaineers, like Ament, eventually journey to a waypoint where the mystery of their adventures' becomes as important as the places themselves.
Wild places, especially mountains, seem to inherently, yet subtly, invite us to search out the mystery to be found out there within these elements..... DSD   

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"And Going..."

"Perseverance,
is the hard work you do,
after you get tired of doing the hard work,
you already did...".
Anon



Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"Farther Darings..."

"Study the lives of highly successful people,
from any corner of life,
across history,
in any environment,
and you will discover they share one simple trait.
They keep moving forward.
Sometimes slowly.
Often with great difficulty.
Frequently after painful mistakes, defeats, or failures.
Their success is less about talent and opportunities.
It is more about commitment and motivation...".
Joe Jordan



"Daring..."


"It is not because things are difficult,
that we do not dare,
it is because we do not dare,
That they are difficult...".
Seneca

Monday, April 17, 2017

"So Very Hard..."


While being used to challenges, as we adventurers inherently learn to be, this particular climb, that single day, had turned out to be so hard.
So very hard.
The approach had been laborious; no easy path at all to follow even just to begin. 
The route finding then was perplexing, most troublesome, unyielding in what is usually given to us if only we keep at it long enough.
We thought we had trained well, yet some of the physical trials were unexpected; this mountain was much tougher than what we had thought - the angles, that kind of rock, the sustained straining hindered us almost at every move we were to try.
The sky was sullen also, our mood as dark at times too and it was so difficult to keep lightened up with much humor at all. 
The conditions themselves only worsened the harder we attempted to overcome one obstacle after another, after another.
It was harder too then to bear the realization that there would be no time at that summit to enjoy, nothing to celebrate at that moment except a more severe descent, an even more unclear route back.
We were so tired, so bruised, had so much adversity that day.
It was so hard.
Yet it was one of our very best days out...  DSD  

Sunday, April 16, 2017

"Spending Time..."

"How are you going to spend your day today?
The key word is spend.
Our time is one of our most precious gifts in our lives.
Once today is over,
that's it.
Think about how you really want to spend your day.
Tomorrow, today will be history.
It's your life, your history.
How do you want to write
the history of your life today...?"
James A. Murphy


Saturday, April 15, 2017

"Carry On..."

"Somewhere along the line you ask yourself, 'What am I doing here'. It is then that you must think back and remember that it was the right thing to do at the start. Therefore, the right thing to do is to carry on and finish whatever it is that you've started...".  J. Hughes

Friday, April 14, 2017

"Such Quiet Voices...

"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals."  Immanuel Kant
There are very few of us adventurers who have not had desires and dreams about, and then actual experiences in sharing the wild places with, our family of wild ones out there.
Our experiences become so very special when this happens, when we see them, especially when we share a moment among them, and so we hope though while elusive that this will happen again and again for us.
Most of us cherish these moments almost as none other, they are so unique, so touching. Then we also often want to reflect upon our own lives through totems and symbols of what these special creatures of the earth represent to each of us.
I have forever longed for such connection with the wild ones, the quiet ones, and have been so grateful when it occurs. We admire their courage, their tenacity & endurance, their strength, their energy, the very spirit with which they live their lives out there. Without asking for anything in return they share with us their wisdom, and the mystery & memories of ageless wonders.
Yet we also know, as ones who wander out there, the risks they too face. We have seen the realities and the impacts of changes and clashes of territory, species, and cultures. We feel it deeply when their hurt voices are raised.
The truth of it is, even with their wild ways and powers we may envy, that they are really the most vulnerable ones, these quiet ones who call to us...
Within their callings they point us towards ways of fulfilling our own longings.
We adventure as we can, they must venture always.
We wander wild places to enhance our lives, they journey wild places because it is their lives.
We are an integral part within both of each others history and future.
They are our most precious ones. They are an essential part of our family, can be our teachers, our guides, our healers. They are the most vulnerable ones. They need us, yet we need them just as much, do we not my friends...
What would the wild places be without our family of wild ones?
We often hear their voices when they call in the dark, when dawn begins, and they can be heard too as we stop and listen and still ourselves when we wander out there.
They are the quietest voices, strong but often scared voices, they call as much to us as they do to each other to listen, to hear, to know, to feel...
Strong as they are they are vulnerable too. We know of such vulnerabilities, as we have touched it through our human frailties and with the risks we experience as we adventure. We are as vulnerable as well for in losing these quiet ones, in not hearing their voices, in not taking those paths that might mean some extra efforts on our part - will most certainly result in the loss of experiences shared with them and horizons only dreamed of.
We can do this, we who wander and adventure. We have strengths that can be theirs, and these quiet ones will then in turn share their wisdom with us, which may a saving grace for all.
Please listen with me for a while as the quietest voices are calling.
They are calling for us.
They are quiet voices reaching out to each of us.
Let us each respond, in our own way, even in some small way, and then go out there again, to see them, to embrace them, because we really are on one and the same path..... DSD    

Thursday, April 13, 2017

"Dream Arches..."


"Dream arch shimmers in storm clouds.
A bridge between heaven and earth it is said.
Yet its entrance is hard to find...".  D. Ming-Dao

We glimpse them. We know they are truly there.
So we continue to adventure and wander to seek them out.
Then, as we do, and when we finally rest.
We discover that our rainbows, now have found each of us... DSD 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

"What Will Your Next Adventure Be..."


We all have our own mountains to climb and our own 'summits' to achieve. Our quest for these 'summits' is as important as attaining them... The arduousness of our quest is part of how we come to understand our motivation. Creating and recreating our own enthusiasm and motivation is the very essence of adventure experiences. There are many kinds of 'summits' and many 'adventure ways'. When we push our own limits at a level, and in an activity, that is right for each of us, with a focus on safety and especially fun; we journey along paths of freedom, happiness, beauty, and truth. The 'path' could be up a mountain, along a coastline, down a river or canyon, along a trail or ridge line, under the earth, across a lake or ocean, through any wilderness. The 'means' could be by going solo or in a group, with boots, runners, rope, crampons, bike, ski, snowshoe, kayak, canoe, raft, or... Achievement is determined by our own efforts and not just results. How will you arrange the elements in your life? What will your next 'adventure summit' be?   DSD  

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

"Somewhere Between..."

"Somewhere between,
the bottom of the climb,
and the summit,
is the answer to the mystery,
for why we climb...".
Greg Child


Monday, April 10, 2017

"Adventure Mystery..."

"Every solution,
to every problem,
is simple.
It's the distance between to two,
where the mystery lies...".
Derek Landy

Sunday, April 09, 2017

"Vimy. One Hundred Years..."

"When you go home, tell them of us and say, for their tomorrow, we gave all of our today...". John Maxwell

"All we have of freedom, all we use or know.
This our fathers bought for us.
Long and long ago...". Rudyard Kipling   

"Through woods and mountain passes.
The winds, like anthems, roll...". Longfellow 

Saturday, April 08, 2017

"Touching Rock..."


"I am glad to touch the living rock again and dip my head into the high mountain sky...".   J. Muir

The experience of touching rock.
Touches us.
We develop a feel for the rough or polished granite.
A sense of any loose or firm quartz.
This aesthetic sensation also becomes a part of the desert rock or northern limestone that we embrace on any particular adventure day.
Think too of how this simple example of Muir's musings have had such lasting effects, like the substance of stone itself.
Countless adventurers have read Muir's writings and then have since experienced their own spirited relationship to rock and stone and mountains...   DSD

Friday, April 07, 2017

"A Path In The Company Of Others..."

"We make our journey,
in the company of others.
The deer, the rabbit, the bison,
and the quail walk before us.
The lion, the eagle, the wolf,
the vulture, and the hyena,
walk behind us.
All our paths lay together...
None is wider than any other,
or favored above any other.
The worm that creeps beneath your foot,
is making its journey as surely as you are...".
D. Quinn


Thursday, April 06, 2017

"Your Foretelling Stars..."

"Trust your heart,
if the seas catch fire.
Live by love,
though the stars walk backward...".
E.E. Cummings


Wednesday, April 05, 2017

"Stars...".

"Dwell,
on the beauty of life.
Watch the stars.
See yourself running with them...".
Marcus Aurelius


Tuesday, April 04, 2017

"Our Best Day..."

"Write on your heart,
that every day,
is the best day in the year...".
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, April 03, 2017

"Keeping To Your Path..."


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.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

"Ready Now....."

"I have been finding treasures in places I did not want to search.
I have been hearing wisdom from tongues I did not want to listen for.
I have been finding beauty where I did not want to look.
And I have learned so much from journeys I did not want to take.
I have been closing my ears and eyes for too long.
I have learned that miracles are only called miracles because they are often witnessed
by only those who can see through all of life's illusions.
I am ready to see what really exists...".
S. Kassem

Thursday, March 30, 2017

"This Path..."

The path... Our path... Your path...
Seemingly of only rocks and stone, of ice and snow.
Countless places, where to start.
So many steps that may be taken.
This path.
That twists and turns, through canyons and valleys,
Meandering across coastlines and islands,
Above and below tree lines,
Traversing ridges and mountains.
Such paths.
Are guarded by weather and wild furred ones,
Watched over by aged ancient trees and bright flowers,
Shaded too by cliffs and so high rock towers.
These joined paths.
Always serenaded by winds and waves,
Beautiful songs we hear,
Such echoes they make.
The path. Your path. Our path.
Setting moons upon rising suns,
Towards horizons everlasting,
Our shared trails towards ourselves..... DSD

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

"So Many Paths..."

"Many paths lead to the summit. But it takes a whole body to get there. We are all trying to get to the summit, and there are many valid paths leading to the top. Of course, the view and terrain on one side of the mountain will differ from the other, but the summit is identical no matter what your approach. Whatever your path, all that matters is that you commit yourself totally to following it. As long as we all climb, each from our own direction, we will reach the summit...". Deng Ming-Dao

Sunday, March 26, 2017

"The Same Track..."

"You are not alone,
there are others on their way,
on the same track.
The track may be narrow and steep,
and boring and frightening,
but everybody walks on it.
You are not alone.
But linked to everything around you...".
Zen Saying


Friday, March 24, 2017

"For Fur, Feathers, And Fins Fridays..."


"To run with the wolf was to run in the shadows,
the dark ray of life, survival, and instinct.
A fierceness that was both proud and lonely, a tearing, a howling,
a hunger and thirst.
A strength that would die fighting, kicking, screaming,
that wouldn't stop until the last breath,
had been wrung from its body.
The will to take one's place in the world.
To say 'I am here'.
To say 'I am'...".
O.R. Melling



Thursday, March 23, 2017

"Worth It All....."

What is our own 'Adventure Quid Pro Quo' we sometimes wonder...
What are we willing to give up to get. What is our equation of 'this for that', our own 'what for what', our exchanges of effort, of transactions reflecting value or worth.
This seems to be a key theme many times out there: the worth of these experiences for each of us adventurers; the meanings within it all...
Are the efforts worth it? Is all that training a price we are prepared to pay? Is the endurance & sweat and the endless preparation going to be exchanged for an object of value to us? All of that study, practice, need for coordinating ourselves & others - is all of that equity going to transition into something worth its' weight in...
The time especially might be a crucial measurement in our accounting, as is the possibility of injury, setbacks, and risk. 
Are these worth it all?
Is the Quid Pro Quo of these fundamental elements going to match the meaning, the importance, the significance of the journey for us?
Absolutely my Friends.
For we most certainly always create an internal value, a dearness, a lasting utility, and a goodness - reflecting the virtues of our adventures and the essential meanings they hold out for us.
There will never be a more equitable Quid Pro Quo..... DSD 
Dedicated to all those who are Adventuring For Another Reason this early wandering season.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"Something Very Cleansing About Sweat..."


"Do you know a cure for me?
Why Yes, he said, I know a cure for everything.
Salt water.
Salt water I asked him.
Yes, he said, in one form or another,
sweat, tears, or the salt sea...".
Isak Dinesen

An intriguing old Outward Bound saying, this musing, about there being just 'something very cleansing about sweat'...
A high level of effort, focus, and concentration are almost always required when we adventure so. This process though, is not just about attaining goals out there, yet also more mysteriously about the transmutation of energy too.
When we are working it out high on a mountain, or far away upon an open ocean, we are more than simply moving. We are tempering our very selves, and essentially distilling our dreams as well.
In those deep dry desert canyons, we discover ways and means for purifying while canyoneering. For letting go, and moving past, any other kind of fevered distractions.
On a fifty degree slope, then getting ourselves through the crux of a climb, we are curing ourselves. pushing our bodies, mind, and spirit beyond what we had ever before thought possible.
After endless days out on our longest hike, we labour, toil, and then revel in the moisture emitting from our honed bodies and brow.
Anyone who has peeled off their neoprene after hours out riding extreme winds and waves, knows exactly what I mean too.
What amazing paradox's these adventure experiences at first seem...
One of the byproducts of our adventure rituals is sweat. 
And there is something very cleansing, even extremely healing, about this product of perseverance.
We move so and remove unneeded issues. We push so and eliminate that which is not necessary. Then we discover freedom among all these elements of effort...
Such cleansing endurance is a potent passage, a means of discovering so much more within than we ever first realized.
We may not be as clean by any means as in the beginnings of our journeys, but that simply doesn't matter. We've distilled ourselves down to the important things - the truly necessary basics, of vision and dreams, fulfilled by muscle, bone, and tendon.
We have also exercised our intentions which induces real meaning, resulting in motivation and musings of significance.
There is just something pure, very cleansing, even gently healing, within such reflections upon our earned adventurous sweat..... DSD


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

"The Energy Within Exploring..."

"Equipped with our five senses,
along with telescopes and microscopes and mass spectrometers,
and seismographs and magnetometers and particle accelerators,
and detectors sensitive to the entire electromagnetic spectrum,
we explore the universe around us,
and call the adventure - science...".
Edwin Hubble


Monday, March 20, 2017

"Our Very Precious Energy..."

"Life's a pretty precious and wonderful thing.
You can't sit down and let it lap around you.
You have to plunge into it.
You have to dive through it.
And you can't save it, you can't store it up, you can't horde it in a vault.
You've got to taste it.
You've got to use it.
The more you use, the more you have.
That's the miracle of it...".
L.S. Crichton



Sunday, March 19, 2017

"Two Choices Of Energies..."

"It takes as much energy,
to wish,
as it does to plan...".
E. Roosevelt


Saturday, March 18, 2017

"Powerful Energies..."


"It's as if I have become truly part of the mountain, a working willing partner, harnessed to its energies, subject to its temperament, always conscious of its majesty... The mountain is always fierce, to the extreme; that is part of its power and strength. Beneath its surface the fierceness lies slumbering; it is like a wild animal, sleek, soft, beautiful, but always you are conscious of the terrible power that can be unleashed should the mountain choose.
On the mountain there is only one language, and we all try to speak it as best we can...".  N. Shulman

Friday, March 17, 2017

"Life's Energies..."

"It ushered me back to the forest,
back to the life energy that connects us all as one divine consciousness,
and urges me to never lose sight of it, and to always protect it,
in a world where people are forgetting and shunning the natural for the digital.
In the forest I sense the animals, the trees, the leaves,
and them growing all around me.
Suddenly, I feel my spirit animals,
and they surround me with a sense of healing energy, 
and I feel very maternal and moved to protect the Earth itself,
and all the people in it...".
L. Reah



Thursday, March 16, 2017

"Adventure Energies..."



I've heard Mountain & Sea Kayak Guides, as well as our Outward Bound Instructors, all mention it. 
We've seen it in action in the Grand Canyon; experienced it in ways hard to describe while climbing and when out upon the ocean; felt it so sustain us on longer treks. 
And we are still seeking out the meanings of to 'go where the energy is'... 
I believe this to be a quietly, profoundly, simply important concept for those of us who wander. We only need to witness its' magic once in a fellow adventurer, after seeing them so tired and worn out past where a person would be expected to last. Yet they do... 
We see them discover a different source of energy, a whole new wellspring of enthusiasm and motivation to keep on going. It is then we ask: What is this means for motion have they tapped into; what elemental energies have they aligned with? 
While as individuals we do vary in our physical makeup, in our internal energies of motivation and drive, and as well in how our external objectives then pull each of us forward - energy is the essence that any adventurer draws upon to make their wild place dreams become real. 
Ability is only the beginning. 
Energy is what makes it sustaining. 
So, what does this mean - 'to go where the energy is'? Could it be about those places of geomancy where a force, some kind of latent power, emanates from the elements themselves? 
Might it be the synergy of shared vigour and fun that group activity out there radiates in countless dynamic ways? 
What is hidden behind that which incites each of us, that causes our hearts to beat so, that stimulates our mind, our spirit, the very core of our being? 
Maybe it is the potential to be discovered within every new experience; possibly the passions each of us have that fuels our personal flames; or also quite likely the endless variations of the elements themselves that never cease to inspire each of us out there. So wherever your elemental enthusiasms wait for you Dear Finder, trek towards them, embrace them, allow yourself to be infused by them. Ask yourself right then, why does this stimulate me so, what is it that I want here, what do I want this to mean, why is this so important for me. 
Such questions and the resulting musings will surely guide each of us to where your own lasting energies await..... DSD

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

"Farther Musings On Energy..."

"If you want to find the secrets of the Universe.
Think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration...".
Nikola Tesla


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

"Muir's Energy..."

"Climb these summits and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves." J. Muir
It was an Outward Bound instructor who was first to introduce me to this special quote by Muir. It is one I have pondered, mused, and planned from over these many years. 
A quote that set directions for me from all points of the compass...
Did you know that the actual writing of this quote is found to contain either the word 'mountains' or the word 'summits'. While being told the first version, the latter now resonates with me as the image of 'summits' has come to mean a great deal more too than the very top of a single mountain.
Some state Muir wrote it both ways as he did with many other notes and journal entries, when he composed and then revised his musings, at different levels, after different experiences, and over long years of ponderings.
That Outward Bound instructor was so right, and Muir's words have indeed rung so true, over these past decades of wild place journeys and within so many adventure seasons.
I often re-read this 'first quote' while looking towards the horizon.
For many more of such summits, sunshine, winds and storms, are waiting, patiently waiting. Just like these quotes do.
To simply be discovered and enjoyed out there..... DSD