Friday, August 28, 2009

Dreaming and Healing

Okay, I have been totally dreaming about skiing, hiking, trekking, and mountain biking again. A friend from the store took this pic awhile ago, yes, there have been times where I have actually had fun there although this friend just moved to New York, so the nice people there are fewer and fewer and it is getting to be just the entrenched mean people. SO this is me playing make-believe I am in the Wakkhan which looks like a totally cool place, my friend Ades took all these great pics!!!!! So Wakkhan is I think on the top of my list now for if I ever have money again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And the slide show from Mongolia with my summiting Mt. Huiten still exists, yes that is me with the White Helmet on, and I am at the front of the table with a Jackson Hole headband on and on the rocks with blue pants on and my Pakistan movie is still on YouTube, but will I ever be able to go to the Wakkhan or Uganda and climb the Mountains of the Moon and see the gorillas....there is so much to see in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And I am still healing from my hamstring tendon injury. I am used to sore, but(no pun intended if u get what I mean..) this was REALLY sore, so I am going out for a 45 minute easy jog but I have stayed away from ashtanga which completely affects how I feel and think. But there is not much to do sometimes but let your body heal and I have to just respect that no matter how hard it is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And I am beginning to wonder if we have ever had a summer here in Chicago although what I suspect is that we are going to have some beautiful days in September and October. Remember the Chicago marathon of a few years ago and people dying of heat exhaustion??

And I went to a great event this week that Slow Food sponsored at the Daley Plaza, an Eat-In to support the Child Nutrition Act, then coincidentally they were running an interview on TV by Charlie Rose of Ferran Adria and Joses Andres and Adria was talking about the importance of the quality of food children eat. But I am always in awe of a lot of the people who were there because they are dedicated to the cause not to the money that they made or the publicity. And I am in awe of them because I love money, not 100%, but I do like some of the creature comforts, and the money to go skiing, and traveling and eating at great restaurants!!!!!!

And I just always am so appreciative of blue skies in Chicago, this is another grey, yucky day.....I am dreaming of blue skies as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Aspiring and Doing

After having watched this video, and having watched this video, and read Olga's recap of her finish, . I aspire and would love to finish the Hardrock 100. It is a 100 mile race through the San Juan mountains. I love Telluride, one of my favorite hikes in the universe so far is the Sneffels Highline trail at the height of wild flower season, which is usually late July and early August where the flowers grow taller than me, (5ft.2"). I have climbed Wilson Peak and Mount Sneffels and mountain biked from Telluride to Moab. I just love the mountains out there and for some reason I just really aspire to finishing this race but I am SO FAR from even attempting it. I am signed up to run a 50 mile race in mid-Octber and right now I have a sore upper hamstring tendon in my left leg which is driving me buggy and even if I was perfectly healthy I have not been putting much mileage in. I find it hard to get out and even get an hour run done because I have gotten really bored running on the Lakefront, I would love to figure out somehow how to move myself and my life to Aspen or Telluride but I just cannot figure out how.

I aspire to finishing my story on the Jagged Edge which I have about 20 pages written right now of an essay rather than a story, I have the story mapped out somewhat but no ending.

I aspire to making it to Mysore at 7 in the morning 2 days a week but right now my hamstring makes forward bends a bit painful which stinks!!!!

But aspiring and doing are 2 completely different things. I so admire the farmers I come into contact with, the chefs, the activists who are so focused and completely immersed in their passion for a specific thing!!! I came across this great video on Carrie from Naha and Sarah from Prairie Grass, on their trip to Alaska. They are totally focused on their businesses, the authenticity of what they do and making a difference and inspiring change. Here is one on activist Debbie Hillman of Evanston.

I just dream of running through the mountains and traveling more to hike over remote mountain passes in other parts of the world, ike the Pamirs, like the Tien Shan, like the remote valleys in Nepal. I once did actually climb, although hard for me to believe at the moment, click here, to see a slide show of my trip to Mongolia and I am the one in blue with the white helmet on who is summiting and then sitting at the summit. I actually once did do things!!!!

I have been trying to ice my hamstring, layoff running and yoga for a few days but it stinks, because no yoga and no running puts me in a very bad mood, I think I was some kind of goat in a previous life and I am so much happier outside all the time and I am happier doing cartwheels and backbends and backward rolls....WIth the airshow this weekend the lake water is not great for swimming because there are a lot of boats in the water which means more gasoline, trash, etc and so far the noise has not been too bad but the air show only reminds me of war, destruction and death.

Thank goodness for the webs and blogs, they are comforting to me because when I feel I am a fish out of water living in the city rather than the mountains and feeling so unconventional when I live in a rather conventional, conservative city, I can read about people that are DOING the things that I want to do and I can get inspired by the people around me like the chefs and farmers and activists who are doing what THEY want to do.

I used to finish my poetry with a line, "I wish someone had the answer" and I guess I still kind of wish that......