Today is the official holiday in the US recognizing Cristoforo Colombo’s arrival to the Americas. I prefer to think of it as a day to celebrate the discovery of things
Under sail aboard the Victory Chimes off the coast of Maine.
that are new to us. Discovery requires courage to embark on a journey to something unknown.
Certainly Christopher Columbus and his crew had courage. They had the courage to face whatever disease, disaster or even whatever manner of death might strike. They expected to suffer hardship, yet they were game for a good adventure, and willing to roll the dice for the promise of discovering something bigger than they already knew or could imagine.
A week ago Sunday I took my first ever hot air balloon flight. It’s been on my ‘bucket list’ as part of my quest to put a little more adventure into my life.
One of many balloons we saw while floating over New Jersey on a gorgeous September afternoon.
The late afternoon weather was perfect, the sky beautiful, the wind steady and light. I helped hold open the envelope, that’s the pretty part that inflates, as the crew used a fan to blow air into it as it lay on the ground, and then as our pilot, Tom Robins, turned on the twin burners to heat the air.
You can watch the video of D’Anne’s Hot Air Balloon Adventure here.
Filed under Courage, Honesty
Today is Yom Kippur. The Day of Atonement is the holiest day of the year for Jews. I am not of the Jewish faith, and I do not pretend to fully comprehend all that this day means for people of the faith. But I do understand what it means to repent and atone for my sins.
My Driftwood Lion I found on Hell’s Half Acre Island, Maine. Photo by Brad W. Smith