Be The Source - Past Journal Entry
The following post took place on my life changing trip, kayaking up the Inside Passage, from Seattle to Glacier Bay. It was this trip that saw my life move from complete and utter darkness to the light of present day. I am forever indebted to the Universe for helping me through those difficult and dark days.
After the trip, the phrase "Be The Source" became so important to me that I had it permanently tattooed on my wrist as a constant reminder of where I was and where I am.
Journal - Inside Passage:
I got this quote yesterday from a book I was able to read in a single sitting. It was one of those books that caught my eye and drew me in right away. The idea behind this saying is found in many religious and spiritual teachings. Give of that which you wish to receive. If you desire love; give love; if you desire compassion, give compassion; if you desire money, give money; the list goes on and on.
While I choose to simplify the message and meaning today, I throw it out there in hopes that anyone reading this will take this challenge. Go forth today and give of these things to those that you meet. You will be enriched in ways you can not begin to imagine.
The waters are calm today and the sun is shining. The seals were out early playing in the water with the sailboats and ocean as their back drop. These islands are magical, drawing you in, not wanting you to leave. The simplicity of life here is as amazing as it is rich. I will sit for one more day here, relaxing, loving, living. Tomorrow I paddle for points unknown, someplace not thought of today. I look forward to that which will be found.
Here is a small extract from a journal entry on my way to AK:
August 6, 2009 Sturgess to Adams Inlet
I woke at 4:30, got up by 5:00. I love this time of morning. The calmness is overpowering, you have no choice but to relax. The whales were out feeding with the otters. The grey of the wild fires is still in place, making the bay seem even more mysterious. You can only make out that which is close to you. All else appears without detail, just dark forms.
The morning paddle is exquisite. As I work my way to the shore, I get my first look at the glaciated landscape. Simply amazing. I can't wait to see the peaks. I work my way to Muir Point for an early lunch. I was just reading about this spot last night. Oh, how I am sure it has changed from the time John Muir wrote about it.... I push on for Adams Inlet while the flood is still strong. Stop for water, then loose my MSR coffee filter :-( Oh well... The current is like a river and it wisks me down the inlet. Simply breathtaking views. I don't even have to paddle, just steer.
The views are amazing even with the haze. I turn back into the large and am greeted with views of White Glacier. I want to camp at it's feet, so I set course for the shore and find a pleasant little nook to camp. The ground is so interesting, sort of crunchy, mossy, as if things were trying to take root. I push up a little and set camp on a field of green and dandelion. Higher, where the glacier once was is so hard to describe. It looks as if a huge bulldozer and rock crusher has cleared a winding path down from the top of the mountain. Now all that is left is a creek running down and tons of rock and debris, obviously left when the glacier retreated. Very exciting!!