Long before I ever imagined I'd be swimming swiftly through the cobalt blue of the Pacific I was addicted to the burn of cold air in my lungs, the shape of every snowflake and the solace that a right turn away from the crowds into the trees could bring.
So that is what I did. I quit my fancy job out of college to sling Bloody Mary's all in the name of a free lift pass. I had attended church my whole life but never felt closer to God as I did tucked away under a massive pine with as much weight on it's shoulder as I felt at times.
Day in and day out, down the face and then into the trees I'd enter my video game. It lead me under branches, over logs, through chutes, down ravines until I was tucked deep and far away. I'd lie back and rest, sink in, my feet up on a log while mindlessly picking bear hair out of bark, eating snow and soaking in the embrace of pure silence and perfection. The sunlight would bend around trees and include me in it's embrace because I had become part of the landscape.
I'm heading to Utah soon and I can already feel the energy and the pull in my soul toward the majestic pines, the endless drifts and the swing of my legs on the chair lift high above the earth.
Snowboarding / Kite Snowboarding Trip 2013, here we come!! Aloha!