There was nowhere to go but everywhere.
Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have traveled.
Studies have shown that planning a vacation brings people more happiness than every other part of the trip. And a huge body of research shows that people train more consistently when they have a race or other goal to target. So we have a theory: Planning a vacation and a big event will make you happy and fast.
—unknown (cycling magazine)
Journalist: You are a particularly beautiful woman. Does it help you in your profession or is it rather a burden?
Cecilie Skog: I don’t think I’m especially beautiful. It could be that some people find me attractive because I’m a dainty girl. However, I wish they were interested in me because of my achievements as an adventurer and not because of my appearance.
—Cecilie Skog (b1974)
Norwegian mountaineer, global adventurer, nurse
I’m picturing myself: I’m 87 years old, and I probably still have this big hair, but it’s totally grey, and I have two long braids. And I’m climbing…in south of France…with a boyfriend…he’s twenty years younger than me.
On Himalayan climbing:
I really enjoy the views from the tallest mountains in the world. It is amazing to reach the highest points and especially to do it with people I care about. But I’ve come to that point now, where I actually enjoy it more to trek into those mountains and to visit the villages around and the local people. It actually just gives me more and I enjoy it more.
It doesn’t matter where you are going,
It’s who you have beside you.
It is better to be alone, she figures, than to be with someone who can’t see who you are.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
“So,” she said, “I went to the doctor and it turns out I have chlamydia.”…She’d previously been dating a bigger-name snowboarder and with Whistler being the cesspool of degeneration that it is, these things happen….Resort towns are statistically off the STD rate charts with Whistler rumored to be the king of them all. The golden rule of avoiding anyone with a foreign accent to ensure cleanliness is the thinking of a fool.
—unknown (snowboarding magazine)
I’ve been mountain climbing in Iceland, parasailing in New Zealand and dog sledding in the Arctic, but haven’t been to many beach resorts. So I’m not really used to being waited on, or being expected to relax, which I’m not very good at and quite expert at avoiding.
Go solo—at least once in your life.
“I can’t emphasize enough the importance of solo adventures. Everything from eating lunch by yourself to strolling in the park alone all help to shape your sense of independence. If you’re never by yourself how will you ever know yourself.”
Don’t sit and wait. Get out there, feel life. Touch the sun, and immerse in the sea.
I must pack my short life full of interesting events and creative activity. Philosophy and aesthetic contemplation are not enough. I intend to do everything possible to broaden my experiences and allow myself to reach the fullest development. Then, and before physical deterioration obtrudes, I shall go on some last wilderness trip to a place I have known and loved. I shall not return.
― Everett Ruess
Everett Ruess: A Vagabond for Beauty, by W.L. Rusho
To wake up on a gloriously bright morning, in a tent pitched beneath spruce trees, and to look out lazily and sleepily for a moment from the open side of the tent, across the dead camp-fire of the night before, to the river, where the light of morning rests and perhaps some early-rising native is gliding in his birch canoe; to go to the river and freshen one’s self with the cold water, and yell exultingly to the gulls and hell-divers, in the very joy of living; or to wake at night, when you have rolled in your blankets in the frost-stricken dying grass without a tent, and to look up through the leaves above to the dark sky and the flashing stars, and hear far off the call of a night bird or the howl of a wolf: this is the poetry, the joy of a wild and roving existence, which cannot come too often”
― Josiah Edward Spurr (1870-1950)
Through the Yukon Gold Diggings: A Narrative of Personal Travel
“Sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours you didn’t mean to take.”
― Angela N. Blount
Once Upon an Ever After
“Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.”
― Erol Ozan
You don’t always need to have a plan. Sometimes you just need to wait and see where life takes you.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
I was and am very proud of the journey [my motorcycle] Amelia and I have created and completed. I am lighter with emotion and with need, and know more what I really want from life. Adventure will always reign high on my list. I don’t need a bucket list because I want to live my life in a way that I am always traveling to new places and experiencing new things. But if one needed to tick the boxes, riding a motorcycle to all 50 states and Canada definitely ticks a box.
People often ask for my worst experience or scariest time on this journey and I really don’t have one. If the weather was bad and re-routed me, it always led to a unique experience, one I would would not have had otherwise. Even when I crashed at slow speed on the ice, this gave me a chance to meet a diver coming around the corner to warn me about the blind curve ahead that hid a steep downward hill covered in sheet ice with no guard rail. And I have to give credit to years of travel and to trusting my “gut.” I believe in my “gut” feelings and many times I rode on and skipped campsites or areas just because they did not feel right. I give credit to my “gut” for keeping me out of places that could have become a horrible experience.
What now? I have yet to find the absolute place to plant roots, but I don’t need deep roots just yet because there is another project on the horizon that will take me on another motorcycle journey with a team in less than 9 months. It is not official yet, but I hope to release the adventure information in May 2016. As of this writing I am submitting the Guinness World Record (just waiting to hear the news if I have broken the record), have begun the books that will be written about the journey, and I am completing the videos from each month on the road. I hope to have my accounting of the full journey ready for release early in 2016.
If you have great ambition, take as big a step in the direction of fulfilling it.
—Chinese fortune cookie found in VW bus left derelict for 40 yrs
A man does not climb a mountain with out bringing some of it away with him, and leaving something of himself upon it.
—Sir Martin Conway
The tourist hopes to catch something through his lens, while the traveler seeks to surrender, even to be claimed by a surprise in very real ife.
I had no desire to travel faster. In this way there was time to notice things.
—Wilfred Thesiger on choosing camels over automobiles for expedition across the Arabian Desert.
If ever you find that you have to rush, rush slowly.
The average person walks the equivalent of three times around the world in a lifetime.
After spending the majority of the day in hike mode, we made our way back…we decided that maybe while having dinner in Curry Village [Yosemite] we could indulge ourselves in some international crowd watching; this was not a disappointment. The best and only way I can describe the nightlife in Curry Village is that it is an intimate international gathering of strangers. It truly must be experienced to be understood.
—unknown (hiking magazine)
Out here, it’s not that you’re lost. You just don’t care to be found.
Go somewhere you’d rather be.
…All those nights taught me that at my core, the wild heart that beats within us all finds its love out there experiencing the world fully with eyes wide open!
Embrace the wild. Be unstoppable. Go further.
Step off the grid. Alter your boundaries.
Don’t let them tame you.
In short, all good things are wild and free.
—Henry David Thoreau
Adventure is worthwhile.
Where the road ends
I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.
I hope you get where you’re going, and be happy when you do.
On The Road
Some more fave places (S-Z):
St Francis Wood, the Samuel P., San Anselmo, Sand City, the Sandias, San Geronimo, the Sangre de Cristos, San Jacinto, the San Juan Islands, the San Juan Mountains, San Rafael, Santa Barbara, Santa Catalina Island, Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, Santa Lucia, Santa Ysabel, Saratoga Springs, Sark, Sausalito, Schuls, Scranton, Scrotum Ridge, Seahaven, Sea Ranch, Seattle, Sebastopol, Sedona, Seelisberg, Shasta, the Sheffield, Sierra Nevadas, Silverton, Silver Lake, Silver Springs, Sleepy Hollow, Slide Ranch, SLO, Snowflake, Soboba Springs, SoHo, Solana Beach, Soquel, South Fallsburg, Spirit Rock, Stars Hollow, Steep Ravine, Stewarts Point, Stinson Beach, Stockbridge, Stowe Mountain, Strawberry, Strawberry Manor, Strawberry Valley, Sugarbush, Summerland, Syracuse, Tam Valley, Taos, Tassajara Springs, Tesuque, Timber Cove, Tocaloma, Tokpo Gongma, Tomales, Trona, Tubac, Tucumcari, Tuolumne Meadows, Two Harbors, Uberengadin, Ubud, Uttar Kashi, Valley Ford, Valley of the Blue Moon, Valkenberg, Vancouver, Varanasi, Venice, Venice Beach, Victoria, the Village, Villanova, Virginia City, Vlodrop, Vulpera, Waikiki, Waimea Kamuela, Washington Square, Waukegan, Weed, Whistler, Whitehorn, White Rock, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsburg, Williamstown, the Willamette Valley, Wilmette, the Willows, Winnetka, Don’t Forget Winona, Witch Creek, Witch’s Glen, Wolf Hole, Woodacre, Woodstock, Yorkville, Yosemite, Zingzingbara, Zion.