Tag Archive: Travel

Every trip, every journey has its own experiences, memories, and scars, the good along with the bad.
I have scars on my left arm and face from accidentally burning myself while in the kitchen as a camp counselor. I have scars on both feet from my sandles last summer working as a life guard. I have a tattoo on my left ankle from while I was in Macedonia traveling with my little sister. And now I have a scar just above my tattoo from where I had a break out of poison ivy.
Many people are ashamed of scars, try to hide them, but they are what makes us, us. Each scar has a story, whether you remember them or not. Each scar came from a certain experience and with its own memories. Scars should be embraced, they shouldn’t be repressed.
Regret and guilt are useful emotions, when used correctly. But regret keeps us from moving forward, and guilt clouds our vision. In my past I used to regret a lot, but it wasn’t till recently I came to understand, life is short. Cliche, I know, but so true. Life is dammed short, and we get but one chance at it. No one is perfect, no one makes all the right choices. Why kill yourself over something that you realize now, in hind sight, was wrong. That regret won’t change anything, just remember the experience, and change things next time.

Working as a raft guide this summer has really broadened my view of life. Everyone is from a different place, we all have different up-bringings, and differnet outlooks on the world. But we all connect, we all know we are different, but we accept and even expect that.
This summer will be a summer that will forever be remembered. In a coming post I will be writing about “A Raft Guides Philosophy on Life,” and will try to sum up all the awesome qualities that make this community not only work, but last.

I’ll leave you with my favorite quote, “A mistake is only a mistake if you don’t learn from it.” Moral of the story? Let go of regret and guilt, and learn, after all, that is what life is about.


Bound For Tennessee

This past week I have been preparing for leaving this coming Saturday, and as usual I have been busy with last minute inevitable errands.  No matter how far ahead you plan and get ready, no matter what, towards the end, things will be busy; complete packing, saying farewell to friends, and finishing books.  I love to read, but traveling with books is heavy and takes up a lot of space, and I refuse to leave with stories unfinished.

Per usual I know very little about my coming summer plans.  I found my white water river rafting guide by searching “cool summer jobs,” applied, and within the month secured the job.   I will be in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee guiding rafts down the river.  The first week I will be training, and the first couple weeks I will be learning the ropes.  From Memorial Day to Labor Day the river is open four days a week, offering me plenty of time to explore and travel around to the local area, and hopefully as far as Nashville.

I spend many months out of the year away from my home in Maine, and because of such, I end up leaving, a lot.  One would think that it would make it easier the next time it came to saying good-bye, but I have found that it has the opposite effect.  Saying good-bye only gets harder and harder each time.

However, I am a committed explorer, and I take the good with the bad.  And traveling offers too many pro’s to really concern yourself with the con’s.  I live for the thrill of trying something new for the first time.  I enjoy exploring new places and different territories.   And I love tasting new food.  Variety is the spice of life, and I embrace this view of life to the fullest!

Rafting on the Arkansas River, Colorado, USA

Rafting on the Arkansas River, Colorado, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)