It’s difficult to fully express who I am in a short essay, so instead her are assorted memories from my life. In no particular order:
Encountering a pair of grizzly bears while wading through an Alaskan river, and getting scared to within an inch of my life!
Spending a week at a swing-dance event in Iceland. It was a traveling event that started in Rejkjavik and ended up in Ólafsfjörður, a gorgeous village on a fjord (Google it!).
At 15, spending half a year in a small mountaintop crusader city in northern Israel. Aside from beautiful views and hikes, this city was also one of the country’s centers for art and for klezmer music.
My first time falling while lead climbing. The fall happened so fast that I don’t remember falling - I was suddenly ten feet lower and swinging from my rope. Seriously scary, and the worst was having to get back on the rock and try climbing it again!
Participating in a second-line funeral parade through Central Park.
Hiking in Tierre del Fuego, the southernmost tip of South America. Tierre del Fuego is only 600 miles north of Antartica, and contains some of the most amazing wild beauty I’ve seen outside of Alaska.
This is just a sampling of my memories, but I’d love to hear some of yours! What are the strongest memories from your life?