I haven’t written in quite a few days because I am just feeling so…. liminal. Kyle and I are about to move to Seattle, start “real” jobs, buckle down and join society again, bide our time until the next adventure… it’s all very hard to swallow. I find myself on the PCTA’s homepage a lot, just staring at backpacking trips or suggested maps to use, trying to imagine exactly what it would feel like to be preparing for that trip instead of preparing for the norm. But sigh, real life calls and we must answer. As a final hurrah to our past few months of abandon and wanderlust Kyle has finally finished editing some stunning photos of Canyonlands and I am excited to share them with you.
“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”
― Edward Abbey
Touché Edward Abbey, touché.