Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Your tax $$$
You can rest easy knowing that your tax dollars have been well spent on my 8-day paid vacation! I just got back from an amazing trip to a place called Tebenkof Bay. My partner, Karisa, and I spent 8 days exploring various islands, inlets and bays around the area in order to monitor solitude. That's right, solitude. We work within wilderness areas which have very specific guidelines for human activity. So I paddle along and count boats and planes, record the various wildlife, check out known campsites and recon archaeological sites in the area. I saw a ton of humpback whales, sea otters and pups, seals, black bears... The only downside was perhaps digging your own 'ladies room' every time you gotta... you know. Also, body odors seem to exponentially rise each shower-less day. But, overall it was an unreal experience! The beauty of the outdoors and the solitude of the wilderness invite some real soul-searching opportunities.