Ryan's Journal

"My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?" — David Mitchell

30,000 feet over Central America

Posted at 5:45 pm, September 30th, 2004

The obligatory introspective start-of-travels entry follows. I’ll try and stick to interesting stories after this, although it may be a while before I can post anything since there will be no internet access until the end of October. I may not be able to immediately check or respond to emails, but please send them, and I promise I’ll write when I can.

Travels always start off differently, and this one seems to be starting off with a sense of who and what has been left behind — probably moreso than any other trip I’ve ever done, there were reasons to stay before leaving this time. Even so, South Georgia island is as close to a perfect place in nature as exists anymore in the world, and it affords the rare guarantee of simplifying life in a way that reveals what’s important. November 15 seems like a long way off, but hopefully when that date rolls around it will be possible to return to a life that is unchanged, but to do so as a somewhat different person.

Here’s the itinerary in full:

  • 30 Sep to 02 Oct – Travel from OAK to the Falklands (via LAX, Santiago & Puerto Montt)
  • 02 Oct to 06 Oct – Crossing from the Falklands to South Georgia aboard the Golden Fleece
  • 07 Oct to 25 Oct – Explore South Georgia Island
  • 26 Oct to 30 Oct – Crossing from South Georgia to the Falklands aboard the Golden Fleece
  • 30 Oct to 13 Nov – In the Falklands
  • 13 Nov to 15 Nov – Travel from the Falklands to OAK (via Santiago & LAX)

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