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Tuning in Nature

I was reading an article in the paper the other day and it really struck home with me. The author was relating how, being tired of the noise and high energy of city living, he decided to move to a place that was in nature, quiet and peaceful.

However it wasn’t long before that peace was being interrupted with noise from hikers, bikers and others with their talking, singing and portable music makers. And guess what……….these folks are also getting away from the noise and high energy of the urban setting…or so they think.

It seems that we have become so accustomed to noise, visual stimulation and the chaos created by being constantly in touch with the world thru cell phone, computers and huge entertainment centers that we are not comfortable in their absence.

I was at my health club last year and after a workout decided to use the steam bath and relax. If you’re familiar with these you know they employ hot moist air to make you work up a sweat to loosen the muscles in a relaxing, quiet atmosphere. I was in there and relaxing for about two minutes when in came a man in his late twenties with nothing but a towel wrapped around him and anMP3 player plugged into his head with the sound way up! REALLY???

I spend a lot of my time hiking and biking the many trails in the Fox Valley area. It is rare to pass another biker or hiker who does not have a headset plugged into their ears. They are totally unaware of any activity or sound going on around them. They are oblivious to any warning that you are approaching and going to pass them which can get a little dicey when you surprise them or they suddenly decide to move into you’re path.

But the thing I find saddest is the adventure they are missing by shutting out the sounds and sights of the nature they are visiting. I say sights as well as sound because it’s difficult to focus on visual when you listening intently to something else. And many times it’s the sound of nature, a bird’s call or a rustling in the leaves that is needed to draw our attention to the miracles around us.

Alaska...Where I began to learn to be still

Alaska…Where I began to learn to be still

Sometimes I feel that many of us just can’t seem to be alone in our own company and with our own thoughts and feelings. It’s seems to make many of us uncomfortable…I know because there was a time when that’s exactly how I felt.

I had to begin to make some changes and one of the biggest changes was learning to go still inside…to shut out the chatter and static that surrounded me. A large part of this was going outdoors, looking, listening and feeling the energy and the miracle of nature.

One of the most amazing discoveries is that when you go into nature to be alone you come to realize that it is so alive in a totally different way that you are not alone at all.

We’re surrounded by living creatures, plants, water, color and smells that are so captivating that it’s difficult to head back to the what we’ve been taught is reality ……our day to day life.

If you see yourself anywhere in this writing then maybe it’s time to plan more nature into your schedule. It doesn’t happen, you have to make it happen. And when you head outdoors leave all the noisy stuff at home. Allow your self to feel, think and be…it’s an amazing journey.


Jim Robertson
More To Your Life
Alaska Adventures

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HI Folks,

I’ve been very busy in the past few weeks working with new and existing outfitters to provide different, exciting activities for upcoming trips that I hope you’ll join us for next year.
One of the adventures we’ve added is the opportunity to actually hike on a glacier. There are literally tens of thousand of glaciers explored and unexplored in Alaska and we’re fortunate to have several here in the Valdez areas that are accessible by land or water.

One of these is the beautiful Worthington Glacier located 30 miles from Valdez in the Thompson Pass area. A relatively young glacier, Worthington is like most other glaciers currently in retreat, moving steadily back more than a mile from it’s maximum distance while continuing to build up depth as huge snowfalls come to the Chugach Mountains each year

The glacier is situated so that a moderate hike will get you to the face, where you can observe beautiful blue ice, numerous water falls that come from mountain snow melt as well as the streams that surge thru and under the glacier.
With a little more effort we take a steeper rock trail up the east side until we are in position to put on our helmets and crampons and step on to the ice.

We slowly begin our hike up as we get used to the crampons and begin noticing the beautiful formations and crevasse’s that make up the glaciers surface. Ever careful of where we’re stepping we ascend to where the people below on the observation platform or hiking to the face look like ants

On the Glacier

We enjoy stunning views as guides explain how glaciers are formed, the complex nature of a glacier and the ebbs and flows that occur over the millennium with sun, rain, wind and snow. They are truly amazing, living entities that can tell a story even to the untrained eye.

As my clients and I were making our way back down the glacier one of them spotted something is a small stream of water. It turned out to be a Go Pro camera the type that’s worn on the body to record all the action.

That night we took out the card and put it in the computer to see what it contained. It showed folks whitewater rafting and then shots of the glacier. They were apparently putting the camera under water into a crevasse to see what was there when it came loose and sunk to the bottom. The camera records they’re efforts to retrieve it but they fail as, finally, does the battery.

The really interesting thing is that the date shows that all this took place four years ago in 2009. The glacier activity was such that over that period of time the ice around the crevasse was changed in such a way that the camera was brought to the surface, and washed down to where my client picked it up.

This was a totally unexpected event and we were really excited about the find. It also gave us a deeper insight as to the behavior of the glacier over even a short time frame. I’m looking forward to hiking there again in the next few days to see what has changed since just week ago.

Hope all of you are well and enjoying your summer. I look forward to the opportunity to have you join us in the future.



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Hi Folks,

I arrived in Valdez on Saturday the 8th after an 8-day trip thru Canada and the Yukon Territories, as usual a long trip with great scenery and wildlife.I really begin to reconnect with spirit as soon as I’m out of the large cities, it doesn’t matter what country I’m in they all have lots of busy, fractured energy.

Since I’ve been back I’ve been reconnecting with friends and my outfitters getting ready to host our clients on their fabulous Alaska adventure.

As you know from my last blog regarding nature and wildlife survival, I was looking forward to seeing how the mama grizzly with the four cubs that we saw last year survived the winter’s cold and deep snows. As I mentioned it’s pretty rare to see four cubs and one was very small compared with the other three. It was however the most active of the group but that doesn’t always mean survival.


My friend and I were heading up the road to the WorthingtonGlaciertoday and our route follows the Lowe River. We were about two miles from my cabin when we spotted them: Mama Grizzly and yes all FOUR cubs. What a sight they were as she led them down the fast flowing river stopping at small islands to let them catch up with her. Always aware of where they were and what was around them.

And, as he was last year, the little runt was way behind the others. His curiosity for every little thing kept him very busy. He would stop and all at once look up to see mom and siblings way ahead and then scamper to catch up. Kinda reminded me of me in grammar school, check marks on my report card for “doesn’t pay attention in class, doesn’t do his homework on time” etc. Guess we’re both a little ADD.

In any event it added much joy to another picture perfect day in this great place. We’re enjoying exceptional sunshine and warm temps for the area and looking forward to lots more activities and seeing mama and cubs feeding here in town when the Pink Salmon start to return.

Wish you could all be here to see these wonderful sights. Until next time, be well!



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