I lent out my copy of 180° South last night.
I know that I will get it back, it is in good hands.
It has been my mental getaway for the past couple months, however, and after manning a table at a health and benefits fair today, I could use a little getaway, even it is only on my couch. That hour plus of Jeff Johnson telling of his travels down to Patagonia really helps take you away from where you are. It makes you want to drop all that you are doing and go on an adventure.
The waves he surfs and the climbs he attempts really make you wonder... "How did he get to do this trip?"
The question you should be asking is not "how," or "why," but rather you should be asking yourself "Why haven't I?" Now I have traveled, with an old fashioned road trip out to Colorado and Wyoming and back, a week in the UK, numerous trips down to Florida or overnights to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Hell, I even did a month long stint in South Africa. And that was pretty life changing for me. But watching this movie and flipping through the book its just like...
"Why did he do this?"
"How did he make it happen?"
Those questions don't matter he did it, he filmed it, photographed it. He lived it and shared it with us.
Now I think to myself, "where am I headed next?"
I don't know. But I am going somewhere...somewhere that is not here.
So the question I ask you is...
Check it out at http://www.180south.com/index.html
The only water my single fin log saw over the past three days was dumping the out of the fin slot of my board bag over the front lawn. It was a windy grey trip down to my new vacation-land, also known as Mimi's house. The first night entailed brainstorming on an upcoming paddle project up the East Coast of the Untied States over some Dewer's on the rocks. With the first night of ideas down the second day got more productive. With some traveling for some photos, and a little paddle session in some 30 mile and hour winds the night starting to get buzzing with energy.
As dinner started on the stove top a call was made to the other coast, The conversation between the two on the East and the one on the West only sparked the energy even higher. With a toast of red wine and a delicious dinner the energy lasted all the way to the covers.
Stayed tuned to see further developments on this project...
Here is my first finished handplane. It is awkward shape but should work just fine. I'll let you know how the test run goes.
Igor is running up the coast. Hopefully it sends some nice lines of korduroy up here. Grab your boards... I'll grab my camera.
Left the house at 8am for a clean up day at the Salem Willows. This is what greeted me as I rounded Kernwood Country Club. It was a great morning to paddle. 6 miles total with a cleanup in between to stretch the legs. It was a good day. Now off to shop... Then out at 6. Then we shall see what is going to happen from there.