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In the hills of Eastern Afghanastan 10 miles in 3.5 hours at altitude.  Was it easy? Nope. Was it worth it? Yep.

Air quality in Kabul in the winter months can cause more casualties than the war itself. Here is the start of a temperature inversion (Greenhouse gasses) in the distance 

These Hikes have been the IN to my sane
Different shirt different day

Dog day afternoon- a RUFF day with the pack

I'm not letting this hike go to waist

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People say that what we are all seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think this is what we're really seeking. I think what we're seeking is an experience of being alive.~ The Power of Myth - Joseph Campbell

This recent deployment to Afghanistan has been one of the most rewarding forms of introspection. 

Surely it is the right wish that draws us to the right places. Nothing of importance happens accidentally in our life. 

If I do nothing unexpected, nothing unexpected happens. Yet I’m not  simply seeking  interesting surroundings, but I am  continually interested in whatever surrounds me. This is no miraculous exception.

The opening track on Into The Great Wide Open, the eighth studio album by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, 'Learning To Fly'  goes like this...
Well, I started out down a dirty road / Started out all alone / And the sun went down as I crossed the hill / And the town lit up, the world got still / I'm learning to fly, but I ain't got wings / Coming down is the hardest thing.

This song is about achieving a huge goal. The learning to fly without wings means learning to do something you\'ve never done before and you\'re not sure if you\'re even prepared to do.

Well some say life will beat you down
Break your heart, steal your crown
 So I've started out for God knows where
I guess I'll know when I get there
I'm learning to fly, around the clouds But what goes up must come down

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White Cliffs, The  Channel- yep we are in England!

Another amazing day-this time overlooking the white-chalky-cliffs of Beachy Head, From the top of the hills, you could easily loose your footing, and the talc erodes constantly with rainfall.

8 years ago, May  2011..".after 109 days at sea, we sailed through the English Channel to see the magnificent white chalk cliffs of England..." roll video...

Remembrance of cliffs past...the talc- hills have receded a bit...

November 2014

110 Days ago (May, 5 , 2011), lots and lots of sea days, and all these memories...

London's Calling-The View from the Crystal Serenity after 110 Days at Sea 2011 World Cruise

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Victor Hugo was exiled here for 15 years and I had the good fortune of taking a tour today of the writer's home. It's as if each room was a chapter and the home was actually another book. I'll let a few of the pictures speak for themselves.

He is certainly quotable but thus one resonates-
"Nothing makes a man so adventurous as an empty pocket.'
It is here where the writer completed his masterpiece,  Les Miserables, using a stand up desk..Sitting was the new smoking back then too.

Hugo wrote Latin phrases into his furniture, honoring God and also his beloved writers Moliere and  in his kitchen, the "H" in the wall tiles, we'll that stands for his family's name obviously.

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Mont St Michael

Sailing past Britannia on The Solent in SOTON 

Fear is for folks who don’t get out much

“I know men who are healthier at fifty than they've ever been before, because a lot of their fear is gone.” 
― Robert Bly

Travel, at its best is creative destruction. In the wisdom of the moment,the power of a new language, food and culture and people are not problems to be solved but mysteries to be lived.

The whole exercise has to be one of reconciliation.Lowering, removing or shattering the walls of misunderstanding which unduly separate we human beings, one from another. It's not so much about being understood as understanding. A lot of times, it's not you it's U.S. winning  the geographic lottery being horn in the USA. Why go anywhere else, eh?

The Hunt For Happy- is the longing for repetition.

The difference between hope and despair is a different way of telling our stories from the same facts. Pleasure is not happiness but the joy I have extracted from trips depends more on the mindset I travel with than on the destination I travel to. I don 't want to tell anyone where they ought to travel, but only how and why.

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