The heroes of the past haunt us with their defiant perseverance. Here us, oh mortal man, we are your blood, your kin, your heart, your soul, your mind. We are your yesterdays, your todays and your tomorrows. We are the spirits of the conscience that will not die. We live forever, oh mortal human. Live forever and you will never die.
We are the example of your spirit. The uncontested might, the strength, the courage, the path less followed, but always sought after. We are the yearnings of your soul. The leaders of the pack, the fortitude of the confident, skilled, accomplished human from anywhere. We choose ourselves, to be the champions, we choose our lives to be the heartbreak. Follow our footsteps, everyday heroes, test your strength against ours and feel the worthy soul of a brilliant life, cast in clay, dust and joy. All that we live for is joy.
Joy! Feel your heart sing! Your call to order. Claim your place. Choose your prize. The hero is you.
To follow in the path of a brilliant ancestor is a call to challenge your own space and time. Limitless resources, limitless time, limitless company. The path is the same, the company different, the skills unknown. Would you dare to pursue the same adventure? Would you dare to be a voyageur?
The rivers are still tumultuous. As long as they ever were. The North Saskatchewan River passes through three provinces. The Columbia River’s headwaters are in Canada and it ends at the Pacific Ocean in the United States. Hundreds of kilometers of travel in voyageur canoes. Would you be the awesome voyageur. The weeks of travel in open canoes, paddling hundreds of kilometers of rivers, battling currants, weather and fatigue. Epic voyages of grand adventure. To retrace the paths of centuries old man. To relive the challenge of that call to adventure, that companionship, endurance, nature and freedom. The love of the open water, the risk and the self worth. To be the champion! To rise to the call of your heart and your mind. To cast aside the daily toil. What is a human? What is it that is humanly possible? The unreachable star.
The test of strength is good for the body and the test of will is good for the mind.
Play! The joy of being, the fun of it all. Play! For sport, for relaxation, for companionship, for fun and for your body. Come you awesome human. Follow your ancestors on a path to glory. Come and join the grand adventure of your life.
written by Dr. Louise Hayes
June 23, 2013