6 comments on “Living Vicariously, Living Large

  1. Nose to the grindstone, buddy. Heading out for 4 nights on the Moose River up in Jackman. Will post on the blog daily. Should be cold, but good ice for walking. Taking two sleeping bags ( one inside the other, as it is rumored to be down around 20 below at night up there Sat night.

    • Nose to the grindstone, indeed. I can’t tell you how much I want to join you for a trip up to the Moose one of these days. Seriously, the time I spent up there last summer– one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. And I really, really want to see it all in winter! Have fun, and take lots of pictures!

  2. Hi Ryan,

    Thx a lot for the mention. You have a fantastic blog and pics. Love it.
    Same as you, we are working on quite a big thru-hiking and packrafting project starting in July 2012 and ending in August 2013, swallowing all my free time. That’s why my posts on my blog are quite low, altough I have tons of input to release somewhere in time. The big plan will be released somewhere end of March. Stay tuned, as I will on yours!

    Cheers,
    Steve

    • Thanks Steve! My pics can’t really compare to yours, but I’ll take the compliment for sure 🙂

      My project isn’t actually a long hike, but it’s related (as is everything I do). I will certainly look forward to hearing (and seeing pictures) about your upcoming trip!

  3. Thanks for the shout-out, Ryan! Hard to believe that we had that conversation seven years ago. Thinking about what you said: “why would you need to watch my adventures when you have so many of your own?” It’s something I’ve thought about as well (usually after I’ve said “oh man, I haven’t done ANYTHING” in response to someone’s story and promptly get hit by whatever friend is nearest). But you know, when you lay it out like that, it’s so apparent how it’s not a choice two things, it’s just an addition. There are so many adventures to be had, it’s only natural to want to live vicariously through as many of them as possible, in addition to your own.

    • Yeah. I think I do that a lot, too– say that I haven’t done much and then realize, “oh yeah, I guess I have.” I especially like to watch other people’s stories when they’re not much like mine. I doubt I’ll ever be a medical professional and almost certainly won’t go to Abu Dhabi. Or, like Steve at Patagonian Dreams, I doubt I’ll ever do a major backpacking/packrafting trip in Patagonia (or wherever he’s going). Or like Ellen at Spicebush Log, I’m no good at identifying trees and animals, or knowing much about the nature around my own back yard. I guess that’s why I enjoy reading these things the most– I don’t care much for other people’s through-hiking journals most of the time because I prefer to do that myself 🙂

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