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Visual Soliloquy #1280 It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure…

It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure. –Joseph Campbell

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Visual Soliloquy #1279 If you propose to speak, always ask yourself, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind ?”

If you propose to speak, always ask yourself, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind?” –Mary Ann Pietzker

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Visual Soliloquy #1278 Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us…

Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us. ― David Richo photo Credit: Megan Frost

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Visual Soliloquy #1277 “It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always . All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story…

It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story. ― Patrick Rothfuss

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Visual Soliloquy #1276 I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity…

I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #1275 The only real battle in life is between hanging on and letting go…

The only real battle in life is between hanging on and letting go. ― Shannon L. Alder

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Visual Soliloquy # 1274 I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow…

I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow. — David … Continue reading

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Fire and Ice 2107: More Ice than Fire

It was another full day exploring the sights between Vagnsstaðir and Vik. We spent much of the day marvelling at the ice in all of it’s forms. Glacier tongues, lagoons, and crevasses drew our attention over and over again. I … Continue reading

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Fire & Ice 2017 Day 9: Kiruna to Stockholm

Today after our overnight train ride, we will explore Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. Did You Know? Volvo, a Swedish company invented the 3-point seat belt system, and instead of patenting it to make their own company a lot more … Continue reading

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Fire & Ice 2017 Day 8: Kebnekaise to Nikkolauda to Kiruna

Today we will head out from Kebnekaise Mountain Station to Nikkolauda. There, we will catch a bus that will take us to Kiruna. There, we will catch a train to Stockholm. Did You Know?

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Fire & Ice 2017 Day 7: Kebnekaise Climb

. Today is the big day. We will try to make our way to the highest point in Sweden, the summit of Kebnekaise (2099 m.). Did You Know? Haparanda in Sweden, and Tornio in Finland, are so close in proximity … Continue reading

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Fire & Ice 2017 Day 6: Kebnekaise Mountain Station

Today we say good-bye to our ski teammates and meet our climbing ones. We’ll do some preparation for our climb of Kebnekaise (2099 m.) as well as rest and make everything ready for the climb. Did You Know? Something that … Continue reading

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Fire & Ice 2017 Day 5: Salka-Kebnekaise

This will be an exciting day as we will see Kebnekaise (2099 m.), Sweden’s highest peak, for the first time. We will be trying to spot the route up that we will use when climbing the peak. Today we ski … Continue reading

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Fire & Ice 2017 Day 4: Tjakta-Salka

Today the rhythms of our ski days should be set as we make way from Tjakta mountain hut to Salka mountain hut. Did You Know? In Sweden, the traditional Christmas visitor is the “nisse” or “gnome”, a short, good-humoured sprite … Continue reading

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Fire & Ice 2017 Day 3: Alesjaure-Tjakta

Today we ski from Alesjaure mountain hut to Tjakta mountain hut. The huts were are using are maintained by the Swedish Tourism Association and help make the Swedish outdoors more accessible to everyone. Did You Know? “Lagom” is an important … Continue reading

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Fire & Ice 2017 Day 2: Abiskojaure-Alesjaure

Today’s plan is to ski from Abisko.jaure-Alesjaure. We are learning all about the Letter “A” Did You Know? Between 300,000 and 400,000 moose (“Alces alces”) roam the Swedish woods. The moose is also considered the most dangerous animal in Sweden. … Continue reading

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Fire & Ice 2017 Day 1: Abisko Mountain Station-Abiskojaure

Today’s plan is to ski from Abisko Mountain Station to Abiskojaure mountain hut. It will be our first day out so we must take very good care of our feet since they will be adapting to the large volume of … Continue reading

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Fire and Ice 2017: Our Ski Route…

This map shows our entire ski route from Abisko to Kebnekaise and then finishing in Nikkaluokta.  We will be carrying some of our food supplies in our backpacks and acquiring some items along the way.  Out backpacks will weight between … Continue reading

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A Invitation to Fire & Ice 2017

Marian and I are off on another adventure and we’d like to invite you to come along. We are calling the expedition, “Fire and ice 2017” and we’re off to points north of here in Sweden and Iceland. The name … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy # 1273 The river has taught me to listen; you will learn from it, too. The river knows everything; one can learn everything from it. You have already learned from the river that it is good to strive downwards…

The river has taught me to listen; you will learn from it, too. The river knows everything; one can learn everything from it. You have already learned from the river that it is good to strive downwards, to sink, to … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #1272 They who marvel at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter…

They who marvel at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter. –John Burroughs He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #1271 Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal…

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. –Henry Ford Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. Henry Ford Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/obstacles.html

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Visual Soliloquy #1270 Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light…

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.–Helen Keller Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light. Helen Keller Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/search_results.html?q=light

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Visual Soliloquy #1269 Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye…

Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye. –Helen Keller

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Visual Soliloquy #1268 The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you can alter, even by a millimetre, the way people look at reality, then you can change the world…

The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you can alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change the world. -James Baldwin

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Visual Soliloquy #1267 Life is a tapestry woven by the decisions we make…

Life is a tapestry woven by the decisions we make. ― Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Visual Soliloquy #1266 I will be the gladdest thing under the sun! I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one…

I will be the gladdest thing under the sun! I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one. –Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Visual Soliloquy #1265 Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything…

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. –George Bernard Shaw Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/g/george_bernard_shaw.html

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Visual Soliloquy #1264 They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for…

They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for. ― Tom Bodett

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Visual Soliloquy #1663 It’s okay to spin around and around in the same place. Just so long as you’re singing your heart out…

It’s okay to spin around and around in the same place. Just so long as you’re singing your heart out. ― Chica Umino

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Visual Soliloquy #1262 Did you ever wonder if the person in the puddle is real, and you’re just a reflection of them?

Did you ever wonder if the person in the puddle is real, and you’re just a reflection of them? ― Bill Watterson

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Visual Soliloquy #1261: We always see the point of an iceberg. So I’ve always accepted the idea that people – they don’t necessarily know everything I am…

We always see the point of an iceberg. So I’ve always accepted the idea that people – they don’t necessarily know everything I am… –Olivier Theyskens

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Visual Soliloquy #1260: Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley…

Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley. –Theodore Roethke Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley. Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/t/theodorero120661.html?src=t_mountain

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Visual Soliloquy #1259: If flowers want to grow right out of concrete sidewalk cracks I’m going to bend down and smell them…

If flowers want to grow right out of concrete sidewalk cracks I’m going to bend down and smell them. –David Ignitor

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Visual Soliloquy #1258: The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting…

The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting. ― Andy Warhol

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Visual Soliloquy #1257 Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness…

Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness. ― R.J. Palacio

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Visual Soliloquy #1256 The best way out is always through…

The best way out is always through. –Robert Frost

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Visual Soliloquy #1255 I learned the value of hard work by working hard…

I learned the value of hard work by working hard. –Margaret Mead I learned the value of hard work by working hard. Margaret Mead Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/hard_work.html

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Visual Soliloquy #1254 You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down…

You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down. –Stanislaw Lem

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Visual Soliloquy #1253 It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe…

It’s not the mountains ahead that will wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe. –Muhammed Ali It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe. Muhammad Ali Read more at: … Continue reading

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