Tuesday, July 25, 2017

"We Are All..."

"We are all in some sense, mountaineers... and going to the wilderness is going home." J. Muir

Monday, July 24, 2017

"The Road Ahead..."

"The road ahead,
is not some predetermined path,
that I am forced to trod.
But it is a rich byway,
That I can help create...".
Craig. Lounsbrough

Saturday, July 22, 2017

"Farther Meanings..."

"At various points in our lives,
or on a quest,
and for reasons that often remain obscure,
we are driven to make decisions,
which prove with hindsight, 
to be loaded with meaning...".

Monday, July 17, 2017


"What is joy without sorrow.
What is success without failure.
What is a win without a loss.
What is health without illness.
You have to experience each if you are to appreciate the other.
This is always going to be suffering.
It's how you look at your suffering,
how you deal with it,
that will define you...".
Mark Twain

Saturday, July 08, 2017

"Begin With Your Map..."

"Who has not spread out a map on the table and felt its promise of places to go and things to do and see... Maps embody a perspective of that which is known, and a perception of that which may be worth knowing." J. Wilford
This seems such a natural time for musings during these early dawning days of a new year. To me, maps are visual metaphors for new ideas...
Maps are more than useful for finding one's direction or sorting out some kind of navigation. Yet they can also reflect a true genesis of creative ideation and imagination. This is pure fuel for our enthusiasm and motivation.
This timing and kind of effort inherently reflects new beginnings and the nature of our 'beginners mind', the ability to see things in new ways and with fresh eyes.
Such musings and map reading are all about fresh starts, about things worth wondering over, adventures to ponder about. There is so much fun to be found in the planning of climbs and scrambles to unknown summits, deep canyons to explore, kayaking routes to enjoy, hiking and biking trails to set out upon.
I have always been so intrigued by maps. And believe, as R. Schultheis said, "There are many potential maps of course; physiological, psychological, biochemical, theological, and anthropological." There can be many dimensions to maps; more so than are just apparent on a flat piece of paper.
Especially the exploring, of new places, of ourselves in those places, and of unique perceptions.
These are all means for adventuring.
I have so many maps. Those upon my wall, rolled in protective tubes, old worn folded maps, and those I enjoy discovering while paging through the endless excellent adventure guides to be found out there.
Map musings re-mind us of what memories we have created and what adventures we wish to have... DSD 

Thursday, July 06, 2017


Deng Ming-Dao mused, "When one walks in the woods or climbs mountains, there is a wonderful unity of body, mind, and spirit... One is freed to observe nature's lessons. Gnarled roots. A flight of swallows. Bladed reflections of rushing water. Just budding bare branches. Gray rock, cracked, shattered, and worn. A fallen tree. A lone cloud. The laughter of plum branches. Even a little circle of rocks beside the trail - who put them there, or did any hand arrange them, and no matter which, what are the secrets of that circle? There are a thousand meanings in every view, if only we open ourselves to see the scripture of the landscape."

Today, I hold a single rock in my hand, from such a wild place, remembering one meaning from within a thousand. 
Now, I think I will splash just a little bit of paint upon this stone, and place it somewhere appropriate and special just for you... DSD   

Friday, June 30, 2017

"Where Our Rainbows Begin..."

"A heart of gold,
is where,
the rainbow really begins...".
T.L. Kubasko

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

"Fire Is Magic..."

"For the entire history of humanity,
we have stared into fires,
hypnotized by the twitch and flow,
of the blues and yellows.
We see the stars of skies reflected in the coals,
and divine messages in the dance of the flames.
Fire is magic,,,".  
Lance Conrad

Monday, June 26, 2017

"The Four Directions..."

"Remember... The gifts of the four directions. The East is the new day, renewal, innocence, hope, joy, and new beginnings. The South is learning, preparing, strength, sensitivity, goals, and reflection. The West is the unknown, of dreams, meditation, going within, and a place of testing. The North is about wisdom, moderation, teachers, elders, fulfilment, and memories. There is no ending in the journey of the four directions...". Grey Wolf

Friday, June 23, 2017

"How Far..."

"Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go...". T.S. Eliot

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

"Of Risk..."

"The trouble is,
that if you don't risk anything,
then you risk even more...".

Saturday, June 17, 2017

"Balancing Between..."

we find it.
The balance between, 
whom we wish to be, 
and whom we need to be.
But in most moments,
we simply have to be satisfied,
with who we are...".
Brandon Sanderson

Thursday, June 15, 2017

"Of The Questions Asked..."

"In the high country of the mind, one has to become adjusted to the thinner air of uncertainty, and to the enormous magnitude of the questions asked...".  R. Pirsig

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

"Oh, To Forever Muse..."

"I have found power in the mysteries of thought, exaltation in the changing Muses".   Euripides
"Muse on nature with a poet's eye". T. Campbell
"To muse: To ponder, reflect upon. In Greek & Roman Mythology, Muses were the Daughters of Zeus; Inspirers of effort, music, and poetry.
The Gods sent the Elemental Muses to us as gifts. Water, wind, air, earth, and especially fire - these are the spirits that sustain our enthusiasms."   Anon

Oh, to forever Muse, while out wandering among the elements. Is there anything more full of awe and wonder..... DSD  

Monday, June 12, 2017

"For So Many Reasons..."

There are so many adventure experiences that may be enjoyed by each of us, so very many terrific interests for being out there. So many motives for such efforts and for taking on these challenges, enduring the trials, pushing through the limitations. They are such personal, individual grounds for going we each hold to, yet on occasion, at very special times, we can move among the wild places for another reason.
Something else becomes the fire in our belly for being out there. Something very special transforms both our purpose and our very being. This evolves from a different kind of motivation, from a whole new level of intention; for why we do what we do in our chosen adventures. There is a unique energy within such reasons. There is also a special kind of commitment towards then fulfilling such an adventure objective. What has now influenced us to go, what then induces us to keep going, is seen to have a very different genesis. We have now chosen and committed to another kind of adventure - an adventure of cause, of purpose, one that we see as so deserving of support. Be it as a soloist, or within the symphonies of a group, we set out on a trail of inspiration, resolution, determination & dedication, that has its' own unique nature within it. We are adventuring for another reason, often for another person, who may not be able to wander the wild places as we might. While they may not be with us, they are causal, truly instrumental, as to why we are out there.
Their needs become our inspiration; their wants become our objective.
We have committed to paying a different price and our efforts, and our following through, are reward enough themselves. We are out there for anther purpose. Climbing, scrambling, hiking, paddling, trekking, biking, running; now for an ideal - for another very special reason.
What might those reasons be for you Dear Friends.......
***Please see all the wonderful sites linked to the right, for many amazing opportunities to 'Adventure For A Farther Reason'...***

Sunday, June 04, 2017

"Some Viktor Frankl Perspectives On Meaning..."

"Man's search for meaning is a primary force in his life. I think the meaning of existence is not invented by ourselves, but rather detected".
"There is nothing in the world, I venture to say, that would effectively help one to survive even the worst conditions, as the knowledge that there is a meaning in one's life."
"Suffering ceases to be suffering in some way at the moment it finds a meaning."
"The meaning in life always changes, but it never ceases to be...".
Viktor Frankl

Saturday, June 03, 2017

"Subtle Meanings..."

"The acid test of a true adventurer, if presented with certain anonymity, is whether each of us would still have made the journey beyond the last blue mountain..." M. Clark

Friday, June 02, 2017

"Farther Meanings..."

Remember, the last time you heard an eagle's voice. Those who have also heard the longing calls of a loon out over a northern lake know how moving this is as well. We who have listened intently to the haunting music grey wolves create in our forests and mountains, have felt so much within those meaningful moments too. When sea kayaking out near grey whales, or nearby orca's, these momentous experiences become unforgettable memories.
Who has stumbled upon the tracks of a wild animal, like a mountain ram, or those of a grizzly bear out among the high peaks, and has not known the wonder, the tingling, the impelling attention such a discovery invites within us all.
When we ponder the distinct significance of these moments, as we muse over the importance and symbolism within these lasting connections, we then discover such amazing meanings ...
We are all seeking so many things out there. Something reflecting our personal purpose, our individual insights, our own unique motives, These are enduring perceptions that affirm what is most moving for each of us.
It truly can be those ephemeral connections with the wild ones, our wild animal friends, that present exactly that kind of wonderful possibility. 
Then, when we share something of our intentions and commitments with them in turn, we begin to understand our most inner selves as well..... DSD 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

"An Important Thing..."

"The important thing,
is not to stop questioning.
has its own reason for existence.
One cannot help but be in awe, 
when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity,
of life,
of the marvelous structures of reality.
It is enough if one tries to merely comprehend,
a little mystery every day...".
Albert Einstein

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

"Giving Your All..."

"That is what I consider true generosity.
You give your all.
But feel as if it costs you nothing...".
H.D. Thoreau

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"Reflections Upon Outward Bound..."

To ponder is one thing. to muse another. 
Reflection is wonderful, and dreaming is a gift. 
We have such abilities to envision all that we so want to wander among and through. Our minds create the possibilities, and then it is time to climb further.
"Put some boots on your dreams", our Outward Bound Instructor said. 
Then we were to learn of the wild places beyond contemplation; of the terrain of taking actions. These were steps on trails of another kind, towards horizons of dreams now made very real. 
'Boots on our dreams' - a so potent shared metaphor, said so long ago to us, long pondered over many more seasons, and now passed forward once more to all of you Dear Friends..... DSD 

Dedicated this adventure day to all our wonderful Outward Bound Schools.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

"Those Who Contemplate..."

"Those who contemplate,
the beauty of the Earth,
find reserves of strength,
that will endure...".
Rachel Carsen

Friday, May 19, 2017

"Leave No Stone Unturned..."

"To find what you seek in the road of life, the best proverb of all is that which says: 'Leave no stone unturned'...". E.Lytton

We turn over so many cobblestones on our journey.
Under some we find what hides in the dark, damp places, and that which maybe should be left alone.
Under most others though, we discover treasure we learn to embrace and define within our adventure ways.
Yet all likely need to be turned, experienced, pondered, and mused about.
Where will your next stone be found Dear Finders...

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

"Keepers, Holders, And Bearers..."

Ancient legends tell of these stories, and the Elders of many lands speak to their truth.
At way points within all our histories, some of us - maybe even in past lives so the stories say, became the holders, the Keepers of the Stones.
These were, and still are, positions of responsibility and respect. Sacred stones were often those needed for flint and fire. Many other such stones held images upon them of great value to the persons and their group, for the stories they held within. Still other stones were themselves of singular importance for memory & meaning, considering who and where and when they were discovered. Thus they became so very cherished by their holders.
We each are Keepers of such memorable stones in our adventuring lives.
As we each wander, we also become what is now reflected in and represented by, the more current meaning of these legends - as the bearers of the stories themselves that all such 'stone' experiences represents...
We are all Keepers, Holders, and Bearers, my Friends... DSD 

Dedicated this adventure day to those wonderful 'Partners In Placing' who share in the smiles all along the way.  

Monday, May 15, 2017

"The Power Of Stories..."

"That is the power of a good story.
It can encourage you.
It can make you laugh.
It can bring you joy.
It will make you think.
It will tap into hidden emotions.
It can make you cry.
The power of a story can also bring about healing,
give you peace,
and change your life...".
Jeff Dixon

Sunday, May 14, 2017

"Being Grateful..."

"I have had the world lie beneath my clumsy boots and have seen the red sun slip over the horizon after the dark Antarctic winter. I have been given more than my share of excitement, beauty, laughter and friendship...".            Sir Edmund Hillary

Saturday, May 13, 2017

"Such Meaningful Adventure Stories We Share..."

"When we want mood experiences,
we may go to concerts,
or museums.
When we also want meaningful emotional experiences,
we go to the Storyteller...".
Robert McKee

Thank you as always Kraig, at the 'Adventure Blog' !

Friday, May 12, 2017

"The Truth Of It..."

"For every place that we've visited there are dozens more where we would like to go. Every map or chart depicting our meandering coastline draws us in, leading us to ask what's down this stretch of coast, what can be found paddling into this estuary, up this inlet. And then there are the places that we have visited, the places we swore we would return to: bays with untouched beaches, abandoned villages with their ceremonial poles, the jagged cut of untouched rocky coastlines. All told, a true paddler's paradise, inviting us back and compelling us onward...".  
G. Rasmussen

Thursday, May 11, 2017

"All Along The Way..."

There are those of us who listen more and others who want to share much too. 
Most tend to enjoy both of the give and take of conversation and also the quieter connections when out there. 
He was one of our elder adventurers; one of the venerable ones who through time and deed and leadership, others would follow and listen closely too, often just for the many lively stories.
It was not so much an account of his own life, as it was about the shared tales of amazing experiences in the wilds. Grand narrations of high places and fast waters, with anecdotes of legend, which many of the young ones listened closely & intently to and were then embraced by these. 
Each new day would bring forth a new fable, and each turn of the trail a different tale. When the weather changed or the sun set, the tone and content of his stories would evolve also, into something when more than words were being spoken. The fire would be lit and the images would then begin to dance before our very eyes.
To blend such fun activities of adventure, with the sharing of so meaningful tellings, was unique and powerful. The subtle thing of this experience for many of us, was that a significant part of our own adventure journey had now become the stories being told along the trail.
These many years later I can still sense how, while the adventure experiences were great and memorable, what I now remember most are the shared stories he gave us - they have become unforgettable.
He is no longer adventuring, yet I am sure his spirit wanders still. 
Now during those times out when we are telling our own tales, we ensure to share his many wonderful stories too. All along the way...  DSD

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

"Stories Are The Thing..."

"After nourishment,
and companionship,
stories are the thing,
we need most in the world...".
Philip Pullman

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

"Dedicated For Your Dreams And Efforts..."

So many wonderous shadows, even more subtle stories,
Tales of bold adventures, such efforts, and dreams.
Shadows of long journeys, high upon bare rock faces,
Dark images of knife ridges, exposed cliffs and high clouds,
Then there are those other shadows, of the whole mountain itself.
Now comes a simple calm slowing, therein an even quieter recognition,
Of the questing shadows of us wanderers, now a part of such elusive mountains.
So many wonderous shadows, now even more shared stories,
Such tales of bold memories, from our efforts, and dreams..... DSD  

Dedicated as we all embrace the long shadows reflecting your efforts and commitments my Friends...

Monday, May 08, 2017

"Mountain Stories..."

  "Mountains are stories trapped in stone...".   J. Auld 

Sunday, May 07, 2017

"Of Tales, Stories, And Secrets..."

Oh, the tales we tell when we return from way up there.
The fireside reports presented of places so very wild and high.
The challenging accounts given of wonderously elusive adventures.
All those forever moments about which we so wish to share.

There are many endless meanings to be gleaned.
Such immense laughter and fun to be experienced.
Even more to say and then reflect about.
Within the stories of our adventurous journeys.

Then, when resting in the quieter lingering moments .
As we gaze longingly back towards our distant summits and shorelines.
That is when we begin to listen ever more deeply.
Hopefully then to gratefully hear, and remember as well.
For how the mountains, islands, forests, and canyons.
Also begin telling us their own secret stories too..... DSD 

Dedicated this adventure day to all those who are out there Adventuring For Another Reason. 

Saturday, May 06, 2017

"Time For Some Stories..."

"You get folks around a campfire,
and they start telling their stories.
That's the fellowship,
that they all want to be in...".
John Eldredge

Friday, May 05, 2017

"Of The Same Family..."

"Why do we believe we are greater than...
Greater than the Bear whose strength is unmatched, the Wolf who understands more than we know.
Greater than the Eagle which views all from above, the Rabbit that quietly watches us pass by.
Why do we believe we are greater than, when we more truly are of the same family.
They are our Brothers, our Sisters, our Elders...". 
GrandFather, Mountain Elder

"The Smiles..."

"A new paradigm involves a principle that was present all along, but unknown to us. 
It includes the old as partial truth, one aspect of 'How Things Work', while allowing for things to work in other ways as well.
By its larger perspective, it transforms.
These transformations are often behind our greatest smiles...".  M. Ferguson

Thursday, May 04, 2017

"To Laugh..."

"Life is difficult,
and those who make us laugh,
are truly angels...".
W.G. Trotman

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

"When The Tide Turns..."

"When you get into a tight place,
and everything is going against you,
until it seems as though you cannot hang on a minute longer,
never give up,
for that is just the place and time,
that the tide will turn...".
Harriet Beecher Stowe

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

"Muir's View On The Wild Ones..."

"Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way...". John Muir

Just pondering some quotes and gifted images from other adventurers, while I am 'Mixing In' some fine strands and bits of the wild ones fur discovered out wandering these many last years. 
They are often the last elements mixed in with my paints upon these little Summit Stones. I always hope they add to the character of each and feel they tell a story all of their own too. 
Muir's musing really says it all doesn't it my Friends..... DSD   

Monday, May 01, 2017

"New Dimensions..."

"A mind that is stretched,
by a new experience,
can never go back,
to its old dimensions...".
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Friday, April 28, 2017

"Random Kindness..."

"Acts of kindness:
A random act of kindness,
no matter how small,
can make a tremendous impact on someone else's life...".
Roy T. Bennet

"A wise woman who was travelling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream... The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman. 'I've been thinking', he said, 'I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone'...".   Anon

Thursday, April 27, 2017

"Of Echoes And Listening..."

Once again...
Finally, wonderfully, quietly and closely,
Because if we keep listening,
Then our echoes appear.
From ages past they call out,
Within experiences long over,
Ringing of inspiration,
Noiseless sounds of such beauty.
From what others have shared,
Precious strengths and their wisdom,
The encouraging substance,
These elemental echoes of hope.
Quietly waiting once more,
A glad tear in my eye,
Being as still as I can,
When listening again,
Now the echoes come calling...  DSD  

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

"Grateful Listenings..."

We were not talking so much at this point way back then. A very long hike to an elusive high place that day, with much laughter and discussion about life's journeys all along the trail. We almost hadn't gone, such was the weather and the other distractions back here. But out there now, in those moments, I found myself not saying as much, but rather simply listening more attentively again...
Just simply hearing through my memories - for what our Outward Bound Leaders, those old wise Mountain Guides, and especially for that so very experienced Sea Kayak Instructor, who all seemed to be saying one clear thing: "Take time to listen", they all said in their own unique ways...
'Listen' for those so quiet voices from out over the waters and waves; for those voices of encouragement and commitment.
'Listen' for those special personal sounds among the trees and the winds; for whispers of motivations yet to be discovered.
'Listen' for your own music within the storms; as they will always share their wild secrets.
We each will surely experience our own adventure audibles, as we quietly listen in those many ways with our ears, our minds, and our spirit too. We each will truly hear personal messages as well from deep within our individual desires, dreams, and intuition.
I guess that I am very glad, just so happy that in remembering to hear their voices echo in my mind again, now I am simply listening yet once more...
Because I sense that if we stop listening so, then we might just lose our way.
We might possibly miss our wild callings, then not really hear the whispers of our adventure longings, for why we go, and why we do what we do within our wild place wanderings.
So grateful we are all still simply listening..... DSD 

Thank you all again my Friends, for your many wonderful images, and sharing them on our journeys. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

"Listen Farther..."

"Two voices are there; one is of the sea, one is of the mountains". Wordsworth
"We climb to hear - whispered in the wind, echoed in the stars - strains of that mysterious music". E. Bernbaum
"I heard nothing except the music that had seemed to accompany me throughout my climb". R. Messner
"On this sun-consumed rock pile, eternity is trying to speak - no, sing to me". R. Schultheis

It always seems to be, when now adventuring and wandering, intentionally slowing my steps, I am listening more quietly and closely, for both the meanings of the words within these wonderful quotes, then too for the songs and echoes from so far out in the wild places..... DSD   

Sunday, April 23, 2017


"Listen... Listen to the songs of the mountains, the songs of the forests and the river... Then listen more closely; for you may see that it is you that has been singing...". Grandfather, Mountain Elder

Saturday, April 22, 2017

"Earth Teach Me To Remember..."

Below is a reading from the Ute Peoples of North America, as quoted by P.Novak. 
A wonderful musing for pondering over adventure, life lessons learned, and experiences remembered, 
for our shared Day for the Earth.
It could be said that the Ute Peoples were among the first climbers, canyoneers, and rock artists out in these wild lands.
"Earth teach me to remember...
Earth teach me stillness
as the grasses are stilled by light.
Earth teach me suffering
as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility
as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring
as the mother who secures her young.
Earth teach me courage
as the tree which stands all alone.
Earth teach me limitation
as the ant which crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom
as the eagle which soars in the sky.
Earth teach me resignation
as the leaves which die in the fall.
Earth teach me regeneration
as the seed which rises in the spring.
Earth teach me forget myself
as the melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me kindness
as dry fields weep with rain."
Metaphors with such meaning.
Each day a new beginning.
Every day something worth learning.
All adventures within themselves... DSD   

"Daring To Dare..."

"To dare,
is to lose one's footing momentarily.
To not dare,
is to lose oneself...".
Soren Kierkegaard