Time flies by
As I try and balance my down time with making a few dollars and keeping myself active I find that my writing time has dwindled. It is disconcerting to me that I have found myself out of balance, even though it is self induced. My gear has reached the critical state of disrepair with virtually no cold weather clothing and severely damaged photography equipment. The fact is that if I don't replace some of this gear then I will not be able to continue with my grand adventure, especially my plans for 2012.
The consequence of this decision is that I am now on the other side of the coin, working more than travelling or adventuring. This has most definitely thrown me for a loop, and put my whole spiritual and physical being in a perpetual state of 'off balance'. My writing has dwindled, my exercise has dwindled, and my body feels totally at odds with itself. The situation is nothing if not ironic. The good news is that I am using the time as a constant learning exercise in how to apply what I have learned on the road and in solitude to what most people would call a more normal lifestyle. One of my goals has always been to speak to groups about my experience and my life lessons, and being on the other side will help with that endeavor.
All is not lost however, as I was able to paddle with my buddies from New England this past weekend. A group of 16 or so Kayakers descended on the area for training in the complicated waters of the Canadian Maritimes. I was able to secure a day off and join them as they paddled the reversing falls. This is a tidal overflow area that sits between a mainland point and an Island. The incoming and outgoing tidal rush creates a overfall that switches direction with the change of tide. The area is known for its massive rush of water, huge whirlpools, large eddy lines, boils and just plain insane waters. Our group used the area as both a playground and a training exercise, both planned and unplanned. It was indeed an epic day of paddling.
I am now actively working on my remaining travel plans for the year as well as my two large adventures for 2012. My goal is still to paddle the entire Sea of Cortez (Baja), as well as make my Fat Tire Bike - Packraft attempt up the Alaska coastline. Details on both of these adventures will continue to emerge over the coming weeks. I also shot a tremendous amount of video over the past 6 months that I currently am unable to process. I am optimistic that I will find the time and disc space needed to edit and post more of what I shot.
Finding balance and peace amidst the chaos is never an easy task, and while I struggle, it is all good. The path must always be built, one moment at a time. Learning to not focus on the future, but instead on the now, is what living in the NOW is all about. I am simply learning to practice what I preach.