Saturday, May 27, 2017

"An Important Thing..."

"The important thing,
is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity,
has its own reason for existence.
One cannot help but be in awe, 
when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity,
of life,
of the marvelous structures of reality.
It is enough if one tries to merely comprehend,
a little mystery every day...".
Albert Einstein


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

"Giving Your All..."


"That is what I consider true generosity.
You give your all.
But feel as if it costs you nothing...".
H.D. Thoreau


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"Reflections Upon Outward Bound..."

To ponder is one thing. to muse another. 
Reflection is wonderful, and dreaming is a gift. 
We have such abilities to envision all that we so want to wander among and through. Our minds create the possibilities, and then it is time to climb further.
"Put some boots on your dreams", our Outward Bound Instructor said. 
Then we were to learn of the wild places beyond contemplation; of the terrain of taking actions. These were steps on trails of another kind, towards horizons of dreams now made very real. 
'Boots on our dreams' - a so potent shared metaphor, said so long ago to us, long pondered over many more seasons, and now passed forward once more to all of you Dear Friends..... DSD 

Dedicated this adventure day to all our wonderful Outward Bound Schools.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

"Those Who Contemplate..."

"Those who contemplate,
the beauty of the Earth,
find reserves of strength,
that will endure...".
Rachel Carsen


Friday, May 19, 2017

"Leave No Stone Unturned..."

"To find what you seek in the road of life, the best proverb of all is that which says: 'Leave no stone unturned'...". E.Lytton


We turn over so many cobblestones on our journey.
Under some we find what hides in the dark, damp places, and that which maybe should be left alone.
Under most others though, we discover treasure we learn to embrace and define within our adventure ways.
Yet all likely need to be turned, experienced, pondered, and mused about.
Where will your next stone be found Dear Finders...
DSD

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

"Keepers, Holders, And Bearers..."


Ancient legends tell of these stories, and the Elders of many lands speak to their truth.
At way points within all our histories, some of us - maybe even in past lives so the stories say, became the holders, the Keepers of the Stones.
These were, and still are, positions of responsibility and respect. Sacred stones were often those needed for flint and fire. Many other such stones held images upon them of great value to the persons and their group, for the stories they held within. Still other stones were themselves of singular importance for memory & meaning, considering who and where and when they were discovered. Thus they became so very cherished by their holders.
We each are Keepers of such memorable stones in our adventuring lives.
As we each wander, we also become what is now reflected in and represented by, the more current meaning of these legends - as the bearers of the stories themselves that all such 'stone' experiences represents...
We are all Keepers, Holders, and Bearers, my Friends... DSD 

Dedicated this adventure day to those wonderful 'Partners In Placing' who share in the smiles all along the way.  

Monday, May 15, 2017

"The Power Of Stories..."

"That is the power of a good story.
It can encourage you.
It can make you laugh.
It can bring you joy.
It will make you think.
It will tap into hidden emotions.
It can make you cry.
The power of a story can also bring about healing,
give you peace,
and change your life...".
Jeff Dixon


Sunday, May 14, 2017

"Being Grateful..."


"I have had the world lie beneath my clumsy boots and have seen the red sun slip over the horizon after the dark Antarctic winter. I have been given more than my share of excitement, beauty, laughter and friendship...".            Sir Edmund Hillary

Saturday, May 13, 2017

"Such Meaningful Adventure Stories We Share..."

"When we want mood experiences,
we may go to concerts,
or museums.
When we also want meaningful emotional experiences,
we go to the Storyteller...".
Robert McKee

Thank you as always Kraig, at the 'Adventure Blog' !



Friday, May 12, 2017

"The Truth Of It..."

"For every place that we've visited there are dozens more where we would like to go. Every map or chart depicting our meandering coastline draws us in, leading us to ask what's down this stretch of coast, what can be found paddling into this estuary, up this inlet. And then there are the places that we have visited, the places we swore we would return to: bays with untouched beaches, abandoned villages with their ceremonial poles, the jagged cut of untouched rocky coastlines. All told, a true paddler's paradise, inviting us back and compelling us onward...".  
G. Rasmussen

Thursday, May 11, 2017

"All Along The Way..."


There are those of us who listen more and others who want to share much too. 
Most tend to enjoy both of the give and take of conversation and also the quieter connections when out there. 
He was one of our elder adventurers; one of the venerable ones who through time and deed and leadership, others would follow and listen closely too, often just for the many lively stories.
It was not so much an account of his own life, as it was about the shared tales of amazing experiences in the wilds. Grand narrations of high places and fast waters, with anecdotes of legend, which many of the young ones listened closely & intently to and were then embraced by these. 
Each new day would bring forth a new fable, and each turn of the trail a different tale. When the weather changed or the sun set, the tone and content of his stories would evolve also, into something when more than words were being spoken. The fire would be lit and the images would then begin to dance before our very eyes.
To blend such fun activities of adventure, with the sharing of so meaningful tellings, was unique and powerful. The subtle thing of this experience for many of us, was that a significant part of our own adventure journey had now become the stories being told along the trail.
These many years later I can still sense how, while the adventure experiences were great and memorable, what I now remember most are the shared stories he gave us - they have become unforgettable.
He is no longer adventuring, yet I am sure his spirit wanders still. 
Now during those times out when we are telling our own tales, we ensure to share his many wonderful stories too. All along the way...  DSD

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

"Stories Are The Thing..."

"After nourishment,
shelter,
and companionship,
stories are the thing,
we need most in the world...".
Philip Pullman



Tuesday, May 09, 2017

"Dedicated For Your Dreams And Efforts..."


So many wonderous shadows, even more subtle stories,
Tales of bold adventures, such efforts, and dreams.
Shadows of long journeys, high upon bare rock faces,
Dark images of knife ridges, exposed cliffs and high clouds,
Then there are those other shadows, of the whole mountain itself.
Now comes a simple calm slowing, therein an even quieter recognition,
Of the questing shadows of us wanderers, now a part of such elusive mountains.
So many wonderous shadows, now even more shared stories,
Such tales of bold memories, from our efforts, and dreams..... DSD  

Dedicated as we all embrace the long shadows reflecting your efforts and commitments my Friends...

Monday, May 08, 2017

"Mountain Stories..."


  "Mountains are stories trapped in stone...".   J. Auld 

Sunday, May 07, 2017

"Of Tales, Stories, And Secrets..."


Oh, the tales we tell when we return from way up there.
The fireside reports presented of places so very wild and high.
The challenging accounts given of wonderously elusive adventures.
All those forever moments about which we so wish to share.

There are many endless meanings to be gleaned.
Such immense laughter and fun to be experienced.
Even more to say and then reflect about.
Within the stories of our adventurous journeys.

Then, when resting in the quieter lingering moments .
As we gaze longingly back towards our distant summits and shorelines.
That is when we begin to listen ever more deeply.
Hopefully then to gratefully hear, and remember as well.
For how the mountains, islands, forests, and canyons.
Also begin telling us their own secret stories too..... DSD 

Dedicated this adventure day to all those who are out there Adventuring For Another Reason. 

Saturday, May 06, 2017

"Time For Some Stories..."

"You get folks around a campfire,
and they start telling their stories.
That's the fellowship,
that they all want to be in...".
John Eldredge


Friday, May 05, 2017

"Of The Same Family..."


"Why do we believe we are greater than...
Greater than the Bear whose strength is unmatched, the Wolf who understands more than we know.
Greater than the Eagle which views all from above, the Rabbit that quietly watches us pass by.
Why do we believe we are greater than, when we more truly are of the same family.
They are our Brothers, our Sisters, our Elders...". 
GrandFather, Mountain Elder

"The Smiles..."

"A new paradigm involves a principle that was present all along, but unknown to us. 
It includes the old as partial truth, one aspect of 'How Things Work', while allowing for things to work in other ways as well.
By its larger perspective, it transforms.
These transformations are often behind our greatest smiles...".  M. Ferguson

Thursday, May 04, 2017

"To Laugh..."

"Life is difficult,
and those who make us laugh,
are truly angels...".
W.G. Trotman


Wednesday, May 03, 2017

"When The Tide Turns..."

"When you get into a tight place,
and everything is going against you,
until it seems as though you cannot hang on a minute longer,
never give up,
for that is just the place and time,
that the tide will turn...".
Harriet Beecher Stowe




Tuesday, May 02, 2017

"Muir's View On The Wild Ones..."


"Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way...". John Muir

Just pondering some quotes and gifted images from other adventurers, while I am 'Mixing In' some fine strands and bits of the wild ones fur discovered out wandering these many last years. 
They are often the last elements mixed in with my paints upon these little Summit Stones. I always hope they add to the character of each and feel they tell a story all of their own too. 
Muir's musing really says it all doesn't it my Friends..... DSD   

Monday, May 01, 2017

"New Dimensions..."

"A mind that is stretched,
by a new experience,
can never go back,
to its old dimensions...".
Oliver Wendell Holmes


Friday, April 28, 2017

"Random Kindness..."

"Acts of kindness:
A random act of kindness,
no matter how small,
can make a tremendous impact on someone else's life...".
Roy T. Bennet


"A wise woman who was travelling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream... The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman. 'I've been thinking', he said, 'I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone'...".   Anon

Thursday, April 27, 2017

"Of Echoes And Listening..."

Once again...
Finally, wonderfully, quietly and closely,
Because if we keep listening,
Then our echoes appear.
From ages past they call out,
Within experiences long over,
Ringing of inspiration,
Noiseless sounds of such beauty.
From what others have shared,
Precious strengths and their wisdom,
The encouraging substance,
These elemental echoes of hope.
Quietly waiting once more,
A glad tear in my eye,
Being as still as I can,
When listening again,
Now the echoes come calling...  DSD  


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

"Grateful Listenings..."

We were not talking so much at this point way back then. A very long hike to an elusive high place that day, with much laughter and discussion about life's journeys all along the trail. We almost hadn't gone, such was the weather and the other distractions back here. But out there now, in those moments, I found myself not saying as much, but rather simply listening more attentively again...
Just simply hearing through my memories - for what our Outward Bound Leaders, those old wise Mountain Guides, and especially for that so very experienced Sea Kayak Instructor, who all seemed to be saying one clear thing: "Take time to listen", they all said in their own unique ways...
'Listen' for those so quiet voices from out over the waters and waves; for those voices of encouragement and commitment.
'Listen' for those special personal sounds among the trees and the winds; for whispers of motivations yet to be discovered.
'Listen' for your own music within the storms; as they will always share their wild secrets.
We each will surely experience our own adventure audibles, as we quietly listen in those many ways with our ears, our minds, and our spirit too. We each will truly hear personal messages as well from deep within our individual desires, dreams, and intuition.
I guess that I am very glad, just so happy that in remembering to hear their voices echo in my mind again, now I am simply listening yet once more...
Because I sense that if we stop listening so, then we might just lose our way.
We might possibly miss our wild callings, then not really hear the whispers of our adventure longings, for why we go, and why we do what we do within our wild place wanderings.
So grateful we are all still simply listening..... DSD 

Thank you all again my Friends, for your many wonderful images, and sharing them on our journeys. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

"Listen Farther..."

"Two voices are there; one is of the sea, one is of the mountains". Wordsworth
"We climb to hear - whispered in the wind, echoed in the stars - strains of that mysterious music". E. Bernbaum
"I heard nothing except the music that had seemed to accompany me throughout my climb". R. Messner
"On this sun-consumed rock pile, eternity is trying to speak - no, sing to me". R. Schultheis

It always seems to be, when now adventuring and wandering, intentionally slowing my steps, I am listening more quietly and closely, for both the meanings of the words within these wonderful quotes, then too for the songs and echoes from so far out in the wild places..... DSD   

Sunday, April 23, 2017

"Listen..."

"Listen... Listen to the songs of the mountains, the songs of the forests and the river... Then listen more closely; for you may see that it is you that has been singing...". Grandfather, Mountain Elder

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