Sunday, May 25, 2008

The Challenges of Spring


Who among us does not enjoy a challenge? If you're one of those who lives in a northern clime, then the spring is a time of rapid renewal and growth in the natural world and by extension in our lives as well. The urge to head out on an adventure which grows our souls is nearly irresistible.

Two Québeçois have made it to the top of Mount Everest this past week. There's news of some kayakers about to head out to paddle a nearly uninhabited section of the Greenland coast and another will go around Iceland. Yet another is going around Nova Scotia. I'm itching to leave as well...

A friend of mine from London, Ontario has taken yet another route. She is walking the pilgrim's way through northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela. She left St Jean Pied de Port about 10 days ago and has been emailing about 30 of us regular reports from along her route. Now about 220 kms into the pilgrimage, her life has already been full of adventure and drama, tears and joy. How I wish I was there to share the experience...

My own route to adventure will first lead me west in the next couple of weeks and then east to Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia in July where I hope to paddle with friends both met and yet unknown. I can't wait! First, though, there's the matter of the crack in my basement wall. The backhoe arrives at the beginning of next week...

2 comments:

Simon said...

Hi Michael
I cycled the Pilgrims Way with a mountain bike, mainly off road, back in 1991. It remains one of my favourite adventures. Although I imagine it has changed quite a lot in that time, as has Spain, she'll have a superb experience.
S

Michael said...

Simon - I have a cousin who is keen to bike the trail, so that might be the way I go as well. Time is short and adventure's long...