Wednesday, July 15, 2009

How I Spent My Summer Vacation - Part III

Case Study: Love on the Rocks

I was somewhere on the Caribou Ridge trail, I had been hiking for hours, mostly up and down, or side to side, seldom from point A to point B. Point B was the fabled Rose Lake staircase portage and falls, which looked to be about 2 miles on the map but after two hours of strenuous effort was still over three hours away. I was resting on a boulder along side yet another portage when I heard voices coming from further on down the trail:

" I got sick of being the only one trying to make the relationship work- I mean she could have at least made an effort! I wanted it to succeed, really!"


Nothing like the great Northern wilderness as a backdrop for rehashing a divorce.
His hiking partner, a woman evidently not his ex, seemed a little fatigued by his monolog- or was it just the hike? I gave them a nod as they walked by, he was still talking. A few minutes later another couple came down the trail, evidently they thought it prudent to keep their distance.

Dr. Batty, wilderness therapist

By Professor Batty


Blogger Rose said...

Were you canoing on your own? Can you portage your canoe by yourself or does it take two?

Blogger Professor Batty said...

I was only hiking this day. My solo canoe is only 35 pounds, so it is easy to portage. My son's full-size kevlar canoe is about 50 pounds, still doable, but about at the upper limit of what I can handle. There is a pretty well established set of gear for canoe voyaging- dry bags, Duluth packs, etc., a person who's in shape can make extended portages in one trip with all their supplies and gear.

I am not that person.

Anonymous Jim G; said...

More from Olafur Eliasson: MOSS WALL a northern wilderness phenomenon relocated into an urban art museum

This MOMA site has a much better presentation of his installations than his own site!

You may also have heard of his WATERFALLS in NYC, creating monumental falls of water under the Brooklyn Bridge, from a hi-rise building, etc.

Also performs many experiments with color perception, mirrors, fog, ice, light...

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