Where am I going? What am I doing?? What is my purpose?
Short answer: I wish I knew and I’m still trying to find it out for sure (whatever sure means to me these days — I think it means a solid working concept towards which I can focus my energy and resources).
The new year started with getting back into indoor rock climbing with a friend of mine. It’s been great! I’ve been climbing routes rated 5.10 and a couple 5.11s! (For reference, I think the hardest routes they configure are 5.12 and maybe 5.13). They’re pretty challenging, but that’s how you build your skill and endurance! But, thanks to COVID-19, the Central Rock Gym in Syracuse is closed for a couple weeks. I’m trying not to be too sad about it, but I’m going to lose so much strength and endurance because of this! 😦 .
I’ve been back to the functional medicine practice in Canada a couple of times. They’re continuing some biofeedback testing and treatments to support my immune system and liver. I’m taking quite a few supplements between those appointments… they’re not very cheap, but I’m very happy and thankful that they’re natural supplements and don’t have the price tag or side effects that prescription medications have. So, overall, I’m blessed and have a lot to be thankful for.
I found an opportunity for a month-long mountaineering course in the Canadian rocky mountains and have asked work for vacation time off over the summer. This course will help me pursue some awesome outdoors adventures and learn some new skills that will help me be more confident in my own personal adventures but also so that I have some qualifications in outdoor leadership and advanced first aid to offer if I wanted to start guiding some walks or day hikes.
I created a logo for Broadening Perspectives Adventures! WordPress introduced this “Home” page for my site (outside of my main page that my readers see) which had a link to a logo-design website called Looka. So I started messing around with it, played with it for the last couple of nights, tried a couple different logo design sites, and finally settled with the one I originally started working on. After a few changes yesterday evening, I finalized it and bought it! Take a look! My sister Abby said it would look good on a hat… I agree! I also think it would be pretty cool to get some shirts printed and Mom even said she could embroider it on something! That would be super nifty!
What else is new… been hiking EVERY weekend with my big, beautiful new blue backpack. She’s a beauty!
Here’s some pictures from my hikes…
Also an update: I’ve ordered some new canvas prints of photos from last fall and this winter!! Also, my “Gallery” of prints have been repurposed from my room to a local farm-to-table restaurant called the Madison Bistro! Unfortunately because of Coronavirus you can’t eat at the Bistro, but can order and pick up food for takeout. They’re a great little restaurant! http://www.madisonbistrocny.com/
Not much else to report right now. Hope everyone is being smart and responsible and staying home! We also need to think about and care for each other.
3 thoughts on “Where Am I Going??”
Good for you that you could see 4 continents of the world, before the world is ending !
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Well, I am just joking, I don’t believe that now it’s the end of the world.
Actually I am optimistic enough to wait with many money invested in the stock market, until the shares will recover (one year? two years?) .
P.S.: Did you ever use portable, foldable WOOD stoves ?
This way you would not need to carry bottles with liquefied gas, and yes, you would have to look around to grab few dead branches. When you don’t have branches, it works with dead dry ferns, dead dry grass, dead dry leaves.
No, I’ve never used a foldable wood stove… Would be neat to try! But I definitely love my jetboil. It heats up water super fast. :).
Hope you’re doing well! Stay safe, stay well, stay home ( 🙂 ) Wherever you are these days.
Well, there is no reason to blame yourself for not using portable wood stoves. I do not think there is any available portable wood stove with an excellent equilibrium of qualities: ultralight weight, ultra-small when folded, yet powerful enough to boil 2 liters in 5 minutes. What you see as available products are either small and light weight, but weak, either powerful but too heavy and big.
That is why, Anna, you’ll have to wait until I will write the patent application for my portable, foldable wood stove. I started testing since late 2010, meanwhile I built about 8-9 prototypes, and one year ago I finally built the best of the series.
It will take time, lot of time, until this new thing may reach the market. Meanwhile enjoy your liquefied gas stove!