A Positive Outlook

“Bleleleleleep.”  The piece of relatively modern technology in my hand emits its message alert.  Earlier I had sent out some text messages via the satellite phone in search of weather reports.  “New SMS Text.  Read Now?” it asks.  Is this the one I have been waiting for, I wonder to myself. An hour before, Matt […]

Getting Out of Town

  “I’ll get the gate” I say as the red Nissan pickup truck slows to a stop in front of a sturdy, wooden gate.  I open the door and hop out.  The brisk Patagonian wind kicks the life back into me and is worlds different than the stagnant air of the truck cab and its […]

The Group Process

“Where are you going with those” Dave asks, a bit perplexed as I grab the three mostly full duffle bags of food from the cook tent. “I am a visual person”, I respond. “I need to spread the food out to do a proper inventory.” I cart the bags down the thirty degree slope to […]

The Ice Cream Aisle

The shaggy haired blonde guy looked a bit out of place, no doubt just as I did. He was wandering around the Bigger grocery store with a stack of dulce de leche tubs. I pushed my sugary snack laden grocery cart away from the dulces and made my way toward Dave, Matt and Ting Ting […]

Southward Bound

The couple across the aisle is making out, or rather maybe just involved in some “heavy cuddling.” They actually look rather uncomfortable, sittin up and turned sideways in their seat. I guess I am probably jealous. We are thirty-thousand feet above Pucon, Chile, or that is what the in-flight sky map is showing. The plane […]

South by West and East

  The Mojave desert is an unconventional place to prepare for an expedition to a remote Patagonian peak.  Joshua Tree National Park however, is where three of the four expedition members ended up during mid December.  It is true that before gaining popularity as a testing ground in its own right, J-Tree was seen as […]