Monday, August 15, 2011

Adventure in Alaska

Mike MacFerrin is a doctoral student at the University of Colorado in Bolder, CO, studying geography.  He has discovered the secret to both enjoying the adventure and wanting to get out again.  He calls it "selective memory,"  the process of remembering the good things and either ignoring or forgetting the bad.

Bad weather, horrendous insects, and cold all make for misery.  These are the things to which any adventurer needs to forget, and really more accurately state, put aside.  The enjoyment of solitude; a place where cell phones, ipads, ipods, etc are not needed or desired, the desire to see what is over the next hill or around the next corner, and the thrill of seeing something new are what we get out for.   The old idea of conflict overcome will always add to the story of your adventure and it actually enhances your adventure.

Mike has discovered all of this and more, if you would like to read more about him you can go to The Republic website.  

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