appreciate the effort these voyagers set for themselves because accomplishing something so intense is truly rewarding. I’ll stick with hiking for now and possibly white water rafting someday. Chapters 3-4: Challenge, Risk, and Adversity Dave Olesen, has a life that most people probably wouldn’t imagine on having. In Moving Beyond Treeline, the voyagers were set to paddle long distances and deliver three handcrafted, cedar-strip canoes to Olesen for his new summer business. Dave Olesen lives a unique life of constant challenge, risk and adversity because of this, he must have all his supplies flown in to avoid enduring long months without being restocked. He doesn’t have the luxury of running down to the corner market, when he needs something. Along with this, he has many dogs to tend and feed, with about thirty to forty dogs, there is quite a bit of care and money that goes into each dog. Olesen deals with danger each day and risks on having something happen, where he will have little to no resources to help him out. However, although there are many challenges and obstacles Dave Olesen must endure, there are more rewarding benefits he acquires.
9 I believe that Dave gets to live what many adventurous people aspire to live. For all the effort to live in such a remote, unforgiving place, Dave Olsen’s priorities are himself, his wife and his dogs. He lives off the land as well as being part of the land, and that is something that most of us can only dream about. As far as the expedition, I believe that the difficulties of the expedition were an enormous part of this adventure. There was an array of obstacles the voyagers overcame such as the constant paddling, the exhaustion after each day, mosquitoes, harsh weather, getting lost, Dan’s near death experience, numerous blisters and the concept of the unknown in such a harsh environment, all portray events that can happen yet, its events that none of us want to experience. Like in any adventure such as this, there are unforeseen challenges that present themselves at inopportune times. At times like these portrayed in the book, teamwork plays a very important role. We can easily say that adversity was a big part of this adventure, an adventure that will be continued. Chapters 5-7: Life and Death (And What It Means to Live) What attracted Aki to the wilderness was his urge for freedom. In chapter 5 he expresses “No people, no hurry”, meaning that he wanted to escape from the busy life he is used to back in Tokyo. Throughout history people have migrated away from the hustle and bustle or people who have lived in solitude, escape towards the hustle and bustle. Aki in this case is like any other person who dreams of visiting remarkable places full of nature and away from people. Because being surrounded by hundreds of people at a day, breathing polluted air and having no downtime, can be quite tiring.
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