April 03, 2003

Good to Be Home

image copyright Fred First

Yes, I'm very glad I went. Yes, I'm glad to be home. I'm glad I gambled that my body would not let me down half-way through the challenge, and that in the end, I did not have to be evacuated by helicopter in wimpering defeat from (perhaps) my last great adventure. Not to say that there were not a few moments of doubt and some hours of discomfort. But too, moments of validation that I can still do what I set my mind to, by adding enough ibuprofen and holding at bay the demons of self-doubt.

I'll have sporadic entries about the trip over the next week or so, and some images. (I'm supposed to be bearing down on my school project, so blogging is forbidden fruit. But hey, I'm weak. I don't deny it). Here is where we spent the first night... on a windy platform in the middle of a three hundred acre 'prairie' filled with lily pads and alligators. More pix to come.

Happy to know you're still around out there. Thanks for the 'welcome homes'. I gotta go finish unpacking. AAfter a 21-hour day yesterday, I think I'll be going to bed early tonight, in my own clean mosquito-less sand-free bed. There's no place like home, y'all.

Posted by fred1st at April 3, 2003 06:27 PM | TrackBack

It's very good to have you back. We tried to muddle through without you and hold down the fort, but alas, we're just no replacement for such a class act.

Posted by: Anne at April 3, 2003 07:39 PM

You say "there is no place like home"...yes there is and it is called Fragments from Floyds...welcome home wanderer of the earth.

Posted by: steve at April 4, 2003 03:28 AM

That looks like a neat trip! So is that platform in the middle of nowhere then? Where you have to canoe up to it only? Sounds like fun. Are you able to have a fire though? Looks like something is there but I am suspiscious that won't let you have an actual fire. That would be too bad, that's one of the best parts of camping! I feel a bit cheated without it! (for example, colorado last summer where there were NO fires allowed anywhere, that was a dissappointing restriction just in time for my trip out that way)

Posted by: Josh at April 4, 2003 10:36 AM

Welcome back.. Wasn't sure when to expect you home, so just popped over to check. Looking forward to pictures too.

Posted by: Jan at April 4, 2003 07:57 PM

Heard your story on "Asparagas" on WPVR this morning and would love to have a copy to e-mail to my grandson.

Posted by: Bill at April 4, 2003 11:19 PM

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