“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving” – Lao Tzu
The quote at the top couldn’t be more true.
On this 2-week canoe-trip down the wild shores of the big one I had no plan, stayed wherever I liked it and sometimes, after leaving at 6 am, putting up camp again at 9 am – only to stay for several days. As a matter of fact, I got up every morning at 4 am to catch the first daylight. This time of the year the lake is mostly calm, the water is 3° C, no bugs and I’m the only one in the 100 km stretch. Leaves of trees are just emerging, geese are migrating north, flying low with wing-tips touching the water. The occasional chunk of ice the size of a VW is hanging from a cliff.
And there are several days of fog. It provides endless opportunities to make dramatic and moody images – being embedded in it or viewing it in the distance, hovering far out on the lake with twisters thrown up by the wind.
Well – eventually, after 2 weeks of solitude, I had to arrive and end the journey- meaning, return to the van and get back home. But with 1200 images and a head full of ideas and experiences.
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