September Update – Backyard Distractions
I wish I had some impressive tales to share this month, but our only adventures have been backyard ones (and I mean literally, the patch of grass out back).We’re working fervently to prepare for our upcoming show and to complete the documentary; most of our days and much of the night is spent in our offices, faces glued to the monitor, fingers doing the ten-digit tango.
Unlike the task of rowing across an ocean, office labour is much more prone to distraction, and often I find my attention gently diverted elsewhere. A quick peek at a newly arrived e-mail turns into perusal of news headlines touting the inane, such as newly discovered health benefits of beets. Next I’m Googling recipes for borsht and so on. Then I step outside, into the backyard, to clear my head and watch deer munching supposedly deer-proof plants. Colin who is also drawn to distractions joins me and suddenly we’re taking pictures of our cat – as you can see from the photo she’s rather fond of deer.
But the good news is the documentary is almost finished and in less than a month we’ll begin showing it on our tour. We’re looking forward to our cross-Canada trip, meeting up with distant friends and hopefully seeing many of you. Since our last newsletter we’ve added Toronto to the tour (Nov. 17) and you can now buy tickets not only online but at various shops. Also if you’d like to get a sneak peak at our book (not in bookstores until Sept 29th) check out this month’s issue of explore magazine, which contains an excerpt from it.
Although we haven’t had any recent adventures, there are many who have and our featured expedition this month tops the list. Ed Stafford is attempting to be the first person to hike the length of the Amazon River, which is either extremely difficult or suicidal, depending on who you talk to. Read more about his expedition in our earlier post and for anyone interested in historical expeditions to that part of the world, I would recommend the book The Lost City of Z by David Grann – a fascinating read about Percy Fawcett’s deadly search for a city built of gold in the Amazon jungle.
We hope that you’re having a good September.