Big Adventures in a Small World

Why We Are Going

“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am — a reluctant enthusiast…. a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.” — Edward Abbey


4 thoughts on “Why We Are Going

  1. Why, then have to be human?

    Oh, not because happiness exists,

    Nor out of curiosity…

    But because being here means so much;

    Because everything here,

    Vanishing so quickly, seems to need us,

    And strangely keeps calling to us… To have been

    Here once, completely, even if only once,

    To have been at one with the earth –

    This is beyond undoing.

    ~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~

  2. “Remember who you are.”
    -Unknown Angel.

  3. Al Dickerson on said:

    Jack & Ryan, let this experience be a head start in your masters in humanities. Al PKP

  4. Ellen Meranze on said:

    Wow, what an amazing opportunity you too have. I am so excited to have the blog address now and to be able to follow you in your travels. Enjoy!

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