An image I just saw triggers this emotion ……..
A longing for the feeling one gets when out for multiple days, weeks, just you under your own power surrounded and immersed in wilderness. You are part of it, it a part of you. Other people are not part of this balance and you come and go as you please at our own command or that of mother nature. You are a leaf on the wind being blown in a direction, your course altering but still in a general direction. Gentle at times, forcefully at others, you take however it comes.
This comes from my fair amount of canoe and kayaking experience, a human powered journey, not of one by petrol powered machines and interconnecting highways and human support. Where you are the only support available and that what you have brought along with you, it gives you a separation and distance from society, if only for a short time, but a long enough a time that most will not ever experience, especially as a solo endeavor.
Being alone is not being lonely, you are in the company of one’s self which in a normal day in society most don’t get enough of if any at all. I know people so utterly dependent on others that without them, well it would be an interesting thing to see what would happen without them. I believe everyone should get out and journey with themselves for three days in a remote wilderness and experience this thing called solitude. I get this feeling when solo pack canoeing in the Adirondack and kayaking in the Texas Gulf Coast but lately I’ve been on another journey of sorts.
It’s a journey to a journey so I can go on another, it’s the preparation part of an expedition where you establish your gear needs and fulfill them. Once outfitted it’s time to launch, and I’m right about there. It’s been long, it’s been difficult, much of it alone. There hasn’t been a gps Spot Tracker involved and it’s been a trip under the radar until I get to my real starting point where I will fire off my first tracking signals to mark my progress. A few that have been to my shop understand where on the charts I’m located, for the rest just stay tuned, the trip of the “Final Voyage” is about to begin!
Once I’ve launched that phase it will be back to finding that solitude, where exactly it will happen I don’t know, I have a few trips on the chart table but I believe it will be along the Texas coast again. It’s the quickest and easiest to put together from my home base on South Padre Island, I have a huge backyard to play in and haven’t yet seen it all, not by a long shot so finding that special feeling now so sought after is finally on the horizon.
I have quite a number of journeys under the magnifying glass on the chart table, some by paddle and new ones by sailboat of different sizes and types but mostly multihulls consisting of pros, trimarans and catamarans. Extended sailing adventures like my extended paddling ones will also lead me to that remote solitude that I search for. I have some adventure races that I also want to do but I find that I don’t experience solitude under those conditions. Until all this happens though I’ll have to settle for workshop solitude and that is a beast of completely different stripes.