And I thought over and over again, my small adventures,

As with a shore-wind I drifted out

In my kayak

And thought I was in danger,

My fears, Those small ones, That I thought so big

For all the vital things I had to get and to reach.

And yet there is only One great thing, the only thing:

To live to see in huts and on journeys

The great day that dawns,

And the light that fills the world.    (Inuit Song)

Yes, that’s me in the kayak on Tustemena Lake in Alaska.  I was there.  So were the bears. Well maybe not RIGHT there… but close…