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ButterflyEffect  ·  227 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 8, 2017

I want to explore. Next year I think I'm going to go to Machu Picchu. This year, I plan on two half-marathons, multiple 10K trail runs, and I want to spend as much time this Spring through Fall outdoors hiking and camping as possible. The world is beautiful, and I want to be taken in by it's beauty. The next REI garage sale is going to take a lot of my money...

The aspect of fitness, of hiking, of camping, is the solitude and meditation that comes with it. There is nothing else that gives me such a feeling of confidence, but more importantly, of working within and against the limits of my own body and mental capacity.

    Everything is flowing -- going somewhere, animals and so-called lifeless rocks as well as water. Thus the snow flows fast or slow in grand beauty-making glaciers and avalanches; the air in majestic floods carrying minerals, plant leaves, seeds, spores, with streams of music and fragrance; water streams carrying rocks... While the stars go streaming through space pulsed on and on forever like blood...in Nature's warm heart.
- John Muir

I'm kind of perpetually a malcontent with my relationships with others, and am still not as satisfied as I would like with my connections with others in my age range and it's funny - this past week I've heard similar complaints from multiple people. Maybe this is all just a form of escapism.




user-inactivated  ·  227 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    and am still not as satisfied as I would like with my connections with others in my age range and it's funny - this past week I've heard similar complaints from multiple people. Maybe this is all just a form of escapism.

If you've been following my recent Pubski posts, you know I'm in the same boat. How old are you? Maybe it isn't just the youngsters thing.

    I want to explore. Next year I think I'm going to go to Machu Picchu.

Come to Russia. Hike the Kamchatkan mountains; visit me smack dab in the middle of Siberia along the way. Hell, I'll show you some decent Russian forests right here in Tomsk!

ButterflyEffect  ·  227 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm 25! Yourself? The other folks who have been lodging their complaints have been anywhere from my age to ~32, which is interesting. They're also all from somewhere other than where we currently live.

I would love to visit Russia at some point, maybe we could bring steve along, too!

user-inactivated  ·  227 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The Russian Hubski Meetup is becoming more real every day! :)

I'm 22. My guess - this is how I support my vision of things - is that you're more mature than your peers, and you're looking for someone similar, and you can't find them, which leads to frustration. Am I anywhere on the spot here?

steve  ·  227 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm down.

user-inactivated  ·  227 days ago  ·  link  ·  

And you're very welcome here. :) I will finally show you those overground water pipes. You could touch them, lick them, photograph them, whatever you desire.

steve  ·  226 days ago  ·  link  ·  

licking an above-ground secret soviet water transport system...

it's why I wake up in the morning.

oyster  ·  227 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm doing the Galapagos and Peru next year, good shit. Come to Lake Louise, I can get you discounts on places to stay. There's camping too but that might be full with the whole free park pass thing.

ButterflyEffect  ·  227 days ago  ·  link  ·  

You're not doing Machu Picchu are you? Also, yes please to all of the above on Lake Louise. Let's work this out!

oyster  ·  227 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Pretty sure I've settled on this one, I might stay longer but that all depends on money and my ability to learn Spanish since I would be on my own after that. I would offer you a place to stay but as I mentioned in my comment on the minamilism article my space is rather small.

ButterflyEffect  ·  227 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Wow, that would be amazing. If your Spanish comes along might as well stay as long as you can and really immerse yourself.

Anything works, really, would likely just have myself, my car and camping/hiking gear.

thenewgreen  ·  227 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Machu Picchu is amazing. Prior to going, PM me and I'll put you in touch with the most amazing guide. Definitely do the 3 day hike. Don't just take the train.

It's a great bucket list event.

AnSionnachRua  ·  226 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Every time I listen to this lovely old tune I remember your post about it playing while you were on Machu Picchu.

thenewgreen  ·  226 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It was an awesome moment! Thanks for remembering!

OftenBen  ·  227 days ago  ·  link  ·  

What do you feel like after you run 10k? Is there any 'runners high' associated with that, or is it just 'Fuck I'm tired.'

ButterflyEffect  ·  227 days ago  ·  link  ·  

After a 10k? It's hard to explain. It feels...refreshing? I think that's a good way to put it. Especially after a run by yourself, there's something about being a small handful of people outside and running at any point in time, just you, and the road or trail in front of you. There's a goal, right? And you're going to meet that goal because otherwise you're walking. At the end you're tired, no doubt, but you feel strong, you feel ready for the next run. I'm not sure if that's a runners high, I do get that during some longer runs, but that's more a feeling of having no thoughts, not even really feeling the motions, but you're going, and going, and going.

thenewgreen  ·  227 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I ran 5 miles today. It's the furthest I've run in a couple years. I felt amazing after. I still do. It's an amazing high.

user-inactivated  ·  227 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Good job, man! I'm slowly moving towards that myself. Running feels great.

thenewgreen  ·  220 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It sure does! I only had 20 minutes yesterday, but still managed 2 miles. Just made myself run as fast as I could. Wanted to be in the 7 minute mile range but ended up at 8:04. Ah well. Still felt alive!

user-inactivated  ·  220 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Wanted to be in the 7 minute mile range but ended up at 8:04.

Still, great work!

flagamuffin  ·  227 days ago  ·  link  ·  

  With this plant the whole world would seem rich though none other existed.

Muir