Friday, August 31, 2007

Maybe I COULD Do the Inca Trail

NOW I'm ready to tackle the Inca Trail.

Mountain Lodges of Peru has developed a lodge-to-lodge hike that sounds ideal for someone like me, who likes to be in the great outdoors, but isn't big on camping.

Now I just have to figure out how to find the time and money for a return trip to this glorious remnant of Incan civilization.

Monday, August 27, 2007

In Memory of Sharon

We just found out that our friend Sharon Patten died.

Sharon shared our interest in Native American art – particularly Inuit art from Artic Canada, and that is how we first met her. Years of running into each other at gallery openings became an occasional dinner party or pizza outing to talk about art and life. Her delight in the beauty of the world manifested itself in an art collection that included lovely and amazing pieces from North America, Europe, Africa, and China.

She loved northern Minnesota and the outdoors, but she also traveled to a few more distant places that she had hoped to return to before she died. One of those was Norway, the land of her ancestors. Another was Namibia, a country she first visited only a few years ago on a trip that held profound meaning for her.

I really thought that there would be time for her to make those return trips. I wish so much that there had been.

Good-bye, Sharon. Happy travels.

We’ll miss you.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Near, Yet So Far Away

So often it seems that it isn't worth the time to fully explore the place where I live because so many more distant and exotic-sounding places beckon.

A beautiful article by Deborah Locke of the Fond du Lac News, shows the folly of that approach. Rez Adventures with the Indian Scout is her poetic portrayal of a visit to the far reaches of her own neighborhood on the Fond du Lac Reservation in northern Minnesota. It is a journey to a nearby place that few know.