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WPC – A Moment in Time

This week, share a photograph that signifies transitions and change to you. It can be the very beginning of a phase, or the very end. As you pick up your lens, explore the ways in which a single photograph can express time, while only showing us a small portion of any given moment.

“Love the moment and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries.” ~ Corita Kent ~

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Zip lining in Juneau Rainforest Canopy in Alaska

While on a Miracle Cruise to Alaska with my sister, I had the opportunity to zip line through the Rainforest Canopy in Juneau. I experienced zip lining once in the Adirondacks however it was a small line set up to help build self-confidence in foster children visiting the retreat center. In the Rainforest Canopy, as I stood on the first platform, my legs quivered under me as I have a fear of heights. Tears of joy filled my eyes and it became difficult to breathe – I was witnessing a dream manifesting before my eyes. I took a deep breath, pulled my shoulders back, and prepared to fully experience a special moment. Three of my favorite things coming together – a rainforest, zip lining, and Alaska.

As we continued through the forest with the platforms increasing in height and the lines stretching further through the trees from platform to platform my fear lessened. By the time we reached the last line I released my hold on the safety bar and allowed myself to sail through the trees unencumbered by fear.

The cruise allowed me to experience new adventures and allowed me to release some of the fears that held me back. It was truly a miracle cruise.  An adventure captured in a photo and forever in my mind.

It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live. ~ Marcus Aurelius ~

If you would like to view additional photos or would like to submit your own for this week’s challenge, click on the link below:

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Love and Light!


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WPC – Wanderlust

“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” ― Dalai Lama

This week, share a photo that represents travel to you. Whether you’re crossing borders or visiting a nearby neighborhood for the first time, we would love to see how you capture these new environments and interactions!

“because he had no place he could stay in without getting tired of it and because there was nowhere to go but everywhere, keep rolling under the stars…” ~ Jack Kerouac ~

Wanderlust – A strong desire to travel or wander. Yep, that’s me. I have lived in five states, over twenty apartments, owned and sold three homes and one mobile home. You might say I was born with a gypsy soul.

My dream has been to visit all 50 states. A few years ago my sister and I had the opportunity to travel together on a cruise ship to Alaska, our first time traveling together since childhood. Alaska was the last new state to mark off the list leaving only 8 more states on my list to explore. While visiting this beautiful state we shared many adventures – snorkeling, a train ride into the mountains, seeing a glacier, zip lining and many more.

“When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in.” ~ D. H. Lawrence ~

 

When I discovered that I could zip line through the canopy of Tongrass National Forest I was so excited. Once at the top of the platform, looking out into the temperate rainforest, tears filled my eyes. It was overwhelming to know that I was actually experiencing such an adventure. I had been zip lining once in the Adirondacks but nothing as exciting as gliding along the rainforest canopy.

When on an adventure, time has no meaning. We stood in line for over a half an hour to buy a coffee at the original Starbucks – my sister doesn’t even drink coffee. To entertain you while you wait, young people rotating to share their talents on violins, guitars, and singing. We also stopped at Pike Place Fish Market to watch employees throwing fish to one another. There were many times we both were overwhelmed with emotion and I shall never forget the experience shared with my sister.

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Love and Light!

 


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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Victory.”

 

Releasing fear behind as I zip through the forest

Releasing fear behind as I zip through the forest

This week’s challenge reminded me of a personal victory I had while visiting Alaska. First it was a personal victory to even visit this massive state – it was a dream since my youth.

Zip lining is something I was familiar with and had an experience with once when I brought a foster child I was working with to Adirondack Experience for a reunion visit. There were a dozen girls who were at the reunion, many from the urban areas and attending the week in the Adirondacks was taking them out of their comfort zones. Add in the rope courses, zip lining and climbing poles was even further out of their element. The youth I brought wanted to climb up the tree ladder and experience the zip line but fear overtook her. I, with my fear of heights, hadn’t planned on participating but decided to show her that to overcome her fears she had to experience this, that day, for she may never have this experience again.

I slowly climbed the ladder, looking upward for fear if I looked down I would freeze. While in BASIC training with the Army I froze when climbing the various obstacles along the obstacle course but pushed forward because I wanted to lead the young girls who were in my company. I was 32 at the time serving with girls as young as 17 year olds old. So, climbing this tree with this young girl’s future in mind put enough pressure on me to climb to the top but this time I was in my late 40s. Once at the top, I sat and slid over to the guide. He locked me in to the harness and I scooted to the edge – feet dangling as I continued to look out and up at the trees. I leaned back and whispered for him to shove me off because I would never willingly jump off. He said lean forward. I asked for him to repeat. He did and added that I should look at the trees and lean forward. The girls were shouting encouragement from below and then I leaned over to look down at them and, I was flying in the air down through the trees so quick that it was all a blur. At the end the rope snapped tight and my feet continued onward out in front of me, then back behind me a few times until the weight of my body and gravity brought my body to a slow swing. The guide met my feet with a ladder and once my feet were secure I released the lock of the harness from the rope. The girls were cheering and I was still in disbelief. It was a wonderful feeling but my body continue to shake in response to the experience.  I wasn’t ready to try again.

A decade later, my sister and I were checking out the excursions on the cruise ship and I decided zip lining in Alaska would add to my experience and fulfilled a few dreams – Alaska, temperate rain forest and zip lining. My sister declined the invitation so I went off on my own.

We road a boat across the bay to the island. Having an island of trees was pretty amazing to begin with. There were several zip lines throughout the adventure. The first wasn’t too long or too high – higher than the Adirondack Experience but compared to what was to come in hindsight it wasn’t. The trees were further apart as well. When I climbed the platform tears of joy filled my eyes – I was in Alaska, in a temperate rain forest zip lining. It was overwhelming. My knees were not quite as excited as they wobbled under me and my heart joined in with a little extra thump now and then. I was not going to let this stop me.

They buckle you up and off you go into the trees, sometimes not even knowing where you will land but I continued onward with others in my group.

Getting ready for my turn

Getting ready for my turn

I received my certificate and medal to show that I was victorious. Might have even stood a little taller and straighter that day. What better way to experience Alaska!!

Love and Light!


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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Symmetry.” Having a difficult time choosing just one photo for the Symmetry Challenge so I decided to include several different representations.

Cross-Country Ski trail

Cross-Country Ski trail

Snow - cross-country trail

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Adirondack Lake

Adirondack Lake

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