April 3, 2016
The tagline '25,000 Mornings' (a reference to the number we get to experience in the average life span) followed by a series of breathtaking morning images to entice you to visit their state caught my attention. Whenever you put things in a different perspective, it causes you to think. I'm not normally a morning person, but when I travel, I do enjoy that part of the day (particularly the breakfast).
For some time now it has been a dream of mine to combine two things that I like, photography and the outdoors. A part of me is a 'well prepared' survivalist. No, I don't live in a missile silo or have provisions beyond a few days but the thought of being out in the woods and forced to spend a night or two, I would want enough stuff with me to pull that off.
One of my favorite shows, 'Fat Guys in the Woods' with Creek Stewart, an Eagle Scout on steroids and a passioned survivalist, teaches three couch dwellers how to survive with just the basics over the course of 5 days/nights. While there is a lot to learn (e.g. which berries can you eat and which will have you heaving through the evening), I have learned some interesting tidbits. One such learning moment was that pine resin from a pine tree is a great fire start (particularly if you are starting it with a flint and steel striker, in the wind and rain). Knowing how to build a fire, shelter and locate and treat water are the three basics. I'm anxious to try out my gear, and so I will endeavor to do so. And while I'm out doing that perhaps I can get some great early morning pics.
How many mornings do I have? Let's see, a little quick math, excluding work days, yikes I better get busy and enjoy those mornings.
"If you want to make your Dreams come true,
the first thing to do is wake up"
- J.M. Power