The spirit of adventure

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Some pictures tell extraordinary stories. Stories that can be hard to believe.

The spirit of adventure

Stuart Profile Small The spirit of adventureThere’s an inscription on a rock on the southern part of the Carreterra Austral in Southern Chile.

It’s dedicated to the pioneers who built that extraordinary road. It reads:

“No importa la lluvia ni el frio

Porque esto es un trabajo espirituale
Y por eso siento orgulloso”

Or in English:

“It doesn´t matter about the rain, nor the cold
Because this is a work of spirit
And for that I feel proud”

In the week in which Kirstie and I have been reflecting on 10 years of adventures with our children, this photo looks back to a formative time, before children, when the spirit of adventure first truly gripped us, deep in Southern Patagonia.

It’s a time while on our extended cycling honeymoon, we made a conscious decision together to follow an uncertain route, one that some counselled us against while others beguiled us with stories of its’ unique beauty. We literally decided to follow a gravel road less travelled and had to face the consequences together, ending up with our bikes on horseback on the way.

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Together we learnt powerful lessons cycling through South America

The experience taught us some simple but powerful lessons, ones that to this day we strive to remember and act upon. Life is uncertain. Anything really can happen. Together you can achieve far more than you’ll ever know.   We also discovered we weren’t cut out to ride horses.

It’s a long story, but if you want to know more, grab a coffee, and enjoy The Long and Incredible Story of the Boy from Cochrane, a true but unbelievable tale of The Boy from Cochrane, and his bicycling adventures by horseback. Believe it or not, it really did happen like this. As the photo testifies.

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Together we faced many strange things, but none so strange as the Boy from Cochrane

 

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Stuart's the adventure addict half of the team, always trying to persuade the family to get out, do more, go further. As co-founder and co-director he handles the business, creative, design, technical and publishing aspects of the project and is our chief photographer. With training as a professional learning and development consultant. an engineer and musician, his contribution is eclectic and unpredictable!

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  1. Preparing for Takeoff October 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    That definitely does represent the spirit of adventure!Great photo!

  2. Stuart (Family Adventure Project) October 28, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

    Thanks Preparing for Takeoff. Your comment gets me wondering how others define or create a spirit of adventure for themselves, in their lives or in their family life?

  3. Sonja October 28, 2011 at 8:48 pm #

    That’s a hard-working mule! Looks like an incredible adventure.

  4. Stuart (Family Adventure Project) October 28, 2011 at 11:16 pm #

    @Sonja When I posted that photo I did wonder about that. Not sure in retrospect how comfortable I feel with the load that poor mule carried. But then another had to suffer me. It was quite an extraordinary ride.

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