Middle fork of the Salmon 2015

In June/July of 2015 I joined #teamtennessee and friends for a magical week of rafting and kayaking down the Middle fork of the Salmon River in Idaho.  This gem takes those lucky enough to land a permit down 112 river miles of wonderful class 3-4 whitewater that twist through some of central Idaho’s most beautiful and remote terrain.

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Our Big Planet is a Little Island

Perspective is a funny thing. When we talk about rowing oceans it can seem daunting and even unattainable. The world is huge.  Really, really big.  Vast.  Massive.  Colossal.  Elephantine. You get the point; to row 3000 miles of this planet’s big open ocean in a boat only 26 feet long is a tall order. As a wise old Chinese guy said a really long time ago; a really long journey begins with a single step. I don’t know if he said anything about the rest of the journey but that first step is then followed by a bunch more steps. Rowing an ocean is the same way, a bunch of strokes piled up over a month or two or three, maybe more, will get a little boat across a big ocean.

If we shift our perspective and think about tsunamis the world gets a lot smaller. Those puppies cover that same expansive ocean in a matter of hours and make the world seem a whole lot more connected. The Pacific Tsunami Warning center has a cool YouTube channel that makes those big oceans feel a lot smaller, and our neighbors on the other side of this space island feel a lot closer. Check out the far reaching effects of the earthquake that shook Chile last week:

You can find other videos on their channel, from historic quakes to the tsunami a few years ago out of Japan.

 

We’ve all got to remember to do what makes us tick

We’ve all got to remember to do what makes us tick. To do it daily, unapologetically, and with love. Here’s a cool short video from one of National Geographic’s film makers on doing what he loves, even when it’s not easy. http://ow.ly/qYR4X

The team gets asked all the time, “Why do you want to row an ocean?” To most it seems uncomfortable, expensive, difficult, arduous, and generally akin to tourture. In many ways it is.  But the dispite these aspects we want to row an ocean to spend time communing with a part of our planet few will ever get to see, and to do so in a way even fewer will ever experience.  We want to test ourselves and in doing so come to a better understanding of who we are, and we want to risk all that discomfort in exchange for an experience that is truly one-of-a-kind.  In doing so we hope to inspire others to do the same, to do what makes them tick.

two roads-one less traveled
When what motivates us gets hard and we’re forced to fight for it; we all wonder if the path of least resistance may be the way to go, but there’s no reward there. As Robert Frost would say, take the road less travelled, even if it looks like more work.