Posted: 6 Nov, 2019

In my previous musing, I indicated that there are five stepping stones that have marked my purposeful wandering to Alaska- reconnecting with friends in Phoenix, undertaking a vision quest in Colorado, exposure to wilderness therapy in action, facilitating a wilderness encounter group in Utah, and taking the Inside Passage ferry to Alaska from Bellingham. These may appear to be separate events but were for me interlinked stepping stones taking me deeper into my wild wandering.

First, one of my first friends in the USA, Phil and his wife Judy, invited me to spend time with them in Phoenix, Arizona. We have been friends since 1982 after his young daughters played on the team I was coaching- I was a graduate scholarship student in Muncie at Ball State University at the time. Over the years there have been a few reciprocal visits across the Atlantic to our respective countries and homes. On this trip, Phil and Judy took me on a road trip to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico, to Williams, Flagstaff, and Winslow in Arizona, and to Santa Fe. I enjoyed getting to experience the more arid terrain of the western states and its different cuisine. I also had occasion to reflect on the first nations peoples who once were inhabitants and stewards of this land.

I am grateful for the stepping stone of friendship.

Stepping stones

San Gecko Musings #04Stepping stones to my wanderingIn my previous musing, I indicated that there are five stepping stones that have marked my purposeful wandering to Alaska- reconnecting with friends in Phoenix, undertaking a vision quest in Colorado, exposure to wilderness therapy in action, facilitating a wilderness encounter group in Utah, and taking the Inside Passage ferry to Alaska from Bellingham. These may appear to be separate events but were for me interlinked stepping stones taking me deeper into my wild wandering. First, one of my first friends in the USA, Phil and his wife Judy, invited me to spend time with them in Phoenix, Arizona. We have been friends since 1982 after his young daughters played on the team I was coaching- I was a graduate scholarship student in Muncie at Ball State University at the time. Over the years there have been a few reciprocal visits across the Atlantic to our respective countries and homes. On this trip, Phil and Judy took me on a road trip to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico, to Williams, Flagstaff, and Winslow in Arizona, and to Santa Fe. I enjoyed getting to experience the more arid terrain of the western states and its different cuisine. I also had occasion to reflect on the first nations peoples who once were inhabitants and stewards of this land.I am grateful for the stepping stone of friendship.

Posted by San Gecko's Musings on Thursday, 19 September 2019