Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Eve of Departure
Eve of departure. A close friend, Ryan Beltz, just returned back from Alaska- Bless him for assisting me move my boat down to river side.
It is also good to talk over details with close friends who have experience. I should mention at this time that I have only a few close friends that I feel compatible for adventure bagging. Mr. Beltz is one of those friends. We have been on a few ventures here and there and I know we have only just begun. He has experienced a great deal
more than his 27 years should allow. He is the ultimate, "Renaissance Man". A degree in Photo Journalism with a minor in Biology, and last year completed his Masters in Literature. A comparative look at some of the great nature writers mixed with his own life experience and wilderness values. He is an excellent carpenter, backcountry ranger, and a hell of a friend. Thank you Ryan!
Things are finally feeling quiet, except for what sounds like a monsoon beating the old window panes. It should be a quick ride tomorrow, plenty of water volume. Just three months ago I was worried about having to drag my canoe the first 8 or so miles. Now from what I hear outside the windows and hitting the roof I just need to hang on for the ride!
But I am very happy to finally be pulling out and getting underway tomorrow. It has been a fantastic fall season and I feel very fortunate to be bringing it to a close with this journey. Again I want to thank everyone for all there support! All the kind words and thoughts are wonderful. The shirt I am wearing on this eve is one of local Troop 104 with all their signatures, thank you so much for this very special gift! I want to share another special attachment I was sent today.
Thank you so much Amy Haus! Amy is one of the many very dedicated Hawk Mountain Volunteers and a friend. With support like this nothing is going to stop me, not even this storm!
See ya on the River!
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