Friday, August 17, 2007

"A One Year Waypoint......."




"The sun and moon... the animals, the waters and the wind... all help you mark your steps on the path". Grandfather, Mountain Elder
Twelve months... four seasons... three versions of this blog... have come and gone...
Blogging has become another adventure, a further journey of its own, in navigating new lands both real and digital... And as with anything else; this journal is an adventure because we make it so...
As Grandfather said, it is important to acknowledge where we are on our path; the distance travelled; the navigation of its unique terrain and challenges; and where we wish to go from this waypoint...
Some themes that have become more clear and even more important to me through this last year of placings and musings include:
.....That even after 30 years out there, I can still be a beginner and try new adventures; and that if I can, anyone can...
.....The real experience of knowing gratitude for these adventure opportunities...
.....That any efforts in giving back and the resulting impacts is never lost time nor energy...
.....What we care about in our wild places, we need to preserve and pass forward for others to enjoy... The power of these perspectives can be immense... (As when I think back upon the linked post and comments here of "Just One Thing")
When gazing upon this last years path, I am amazed as always, like when attaining an elusive summit and then looking back... to see how far we have come; and in realizing what ground has been covered in what seems so short a time...
In the midst today in a summer of climbing, hiking, canoeing, canyoneering, kayaking, mountain biking, and the passing of the seasons... I am enjoying simply finding my ordinary way on this journey of adventure, while continuously re-creating my own adventure motivation time and again...
A significant highpoint, both exhilarating and humbling, is the involvement of 'Finders' and their shared stories which they have chosen to post here... Their comments and smiles will out last any of my simple words...
Where are you today on your own path.......
DSD



2 comments:

Adventure Junkie said...

I always enjoy reading your thoughtful writing. They make me think hard about where I am on "my path" and what it means to put a little adventure into my life.

Thank you for your philosophical prose. It is much appreciated.

SummitStones said...

Thank you very much Kraig,
The metaphor of being on a 'path' seems to resonate with most of us... Especially with those of us who enjoy adventure experiences...
DSD