August 31, 2010 10 Comments Under Life Lessons
Hubby and I recently had the privilege of spending 10 glorious days at Baranof Lodge in Southeast Alaska, a once-in-a-lifetime adventure highly recommended if you’re interested in a sensory experience that will exceed your expectations, if you need a reality check that not all is wrong with the world, if you want the kind of sleep that’s barely one level above comatose, and if you embrace nature, new things and fine cuisine.
Neither of us had ever been to the 49th state, only one of us had previously fished, and both of us regarded whales as overrated subjects for children’s movies. Boy were we surprised to the point of near nirvana. Following are high points of our trip, which can best be described as a series of life lessons about priorities, challenges, rewards and relationships.
* A group – from about 10 different states – that eats, hikes, fishes, relaxes, laughs, relaxes and celebrates together gets to know each other. The camaraderie was amazing.
* Catching your first fish - or by the end of the week, your first fish of the day - and still feeling your heart skip a beat.
* Eating homemade pie made with wild blueberries picked just hours before.
* Watching young bears clumsily catch salmon in streams was like watching puppies who haven’t yet grown into their paws.
* Feeling your eyeballs get wider and wider as you observe sleek humpback whales glistening, spouting, breaching and gliding through the ocean.
* Beach combing on a deserted island picking over everything from microphones and mushrooms to barnacles and bones.
* Hearing towering waterfalls, cooing ravens, growling sea lions and whispering white caps.
* Sitting in 102-degree hot springs as geothermally heated by volcanoes while being mesmerized by bald eagles flying overhead.
* Feeling the professional touch of a massage therapist to smooth out any muscle stress and tension – not that you would have any after spending time here.
* Eating perfectly prepared, freshly caught dungeness crab from a dock you can see from the table.
* Hiking in the most luscious moss-covered floors of a forest soaking in the thousand different shades of green while snacking on wild raspberries
* Realizing that, in nature, every creature seems to get along sharing the same space and resources. Not every creature survives, but it’s not because of anything negative or self-induced from their heart or mind. We can all learn from that.
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