We arrived at the hut – after about a 5.8 mile ski – on this gorgeous big blue afternoon. There were ten of us in this group, and I was honored to be part of it. This crew – who call themselves “Hicks on Sticks” have been hut tripping together for years, and it was Tim & my first adventure with them.
I’m in my element when I get to play outside in the wilderness – especially when mother nature bestows beautiful weather (new powder is also included in the beautiful weather category for winter hut trips, but the sunshine works, too)
I like knowing my body enjoys taking me to these remote places (even if she does whine sometimes).
I love being in community with friends – new and old.
When I head into the back country there is little space for creative play tools in my backpack, but I always try to bring something to write with and on. At the huts there will generally be a big sketchbook that is the log book/guest book.
At Polar Star I found a brand new sketchbook that no one had yet written in. There were several others – and in the most recent I found entries from the end of December 2015 at the very back of the book.
Wow – no one had made an entry in the new book or in the new year.
I was glad I came prepared with a handful of colored pencils and markers – and got to christen the new log book.
Since we spent the better part of the middle day of our visit skiing, I didn’t have a lot of time or energy to create anything too elaborate.
I loved the wooden hut sign that is above the entrance of the hut, so I decided to create that star in the log book.
After I was done I asked my friends if they’d be willing to sign the page. (I had done this with friends at a hut another time.) This is when I learned that they called themselves Hicks on Sticks – and that they each have nick names for themselves, which is how they signed. I became Lisa Marie.
Creating & playing allows me to thrive.
and about a bizillion stars join the crescent moon in the sky
and laughing – A LOT!
And for me this was a perfect convergence of create, play & thrive.
How about you? What is your perfect convergence?
P.S. If you have not yet seen Jamie Ridler Studio’s Give a Girl a Journal project, please check it out!
I’ve already sponsored a girl to receive a journal, and plan to share some of my thoughts on how journaling has affected me in an upcoming post.