I Freakin' Made It
December 10, 2003 - Ushuaia, Argentina
This first section was transcribed loosely from my pocket digital audio recorder: (Some repetition and a few expletives were deleted.)

Hello. Ushuaia! The freakin' end of the world! Whooo! Feeling incredible. Incredibly alive! I had written recently about perhaps feeling a bit anti-climactic or it even being depressing. And in fact I feel more alive than I remember feeling in a long time. I don't think it's just reaching the goal. I think it might be some personal growth and the energy of all the light, maybe I'm just sleep deprived. It's freakin' gorgeous.

It's incredible. It's 9 PM and almost broad daylight. I'm standing next to the Argentine Naval Base surveying the waterfront area. Snowcapped peaks! Almost surrounded by snowcapped peaks. In fact I am surrounded. There's water, there's a channel, I think I'm looking across the Beagle Channel at some islands. I'll have to look at a map. I'm standing on the edge! Wow! I'm standing on the edge overlooking the water. The whole of both of the Americas are behind me. Endings and new beginnings.

Then I shut off my recorder and continued walking along the waterfront. Almost immediately I came to this giant slogan emblazoned on the cement, the words nearly echoing my last recorded words. Pretty cool.
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In my mind I was flopping back and forth between my accomplishment and what is next for me. I was thinking about what I've done and what I will do when it hits me. This moment! The one in between 'have done' and 'will do'! That's what I am feeling. Being alive right now. A metaphor for every moment of my life. Celebrating life for it's own sake.
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I feel somehow I have come full circle since I departed over four years ago... not much has changed. The Kate Bush quote that inspired me back then still seems to apply. "Feels like something good is gonna happen." That's the feeling, but the words are not exactly accurate. More like "Something good IS happening. RIGHT NOW." (Sounds crazy but...) This moment is being born!

I have been reading a book entitled "The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle. It certainly seems to have rubbed off on me.

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Buenos Aires:
Where I must go to catch a plane back for Christmas.
La Quiaca:
The border town through which I entered the country.

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Back to earth and the town of Ushuaia, the southernmost city on this earth. Tourism is pretty darn well developed around its 'southernmost' claim to fame.
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It is like a little mini-San-Francisco-Fisherman's-Wharf. There are loads of national parks and abundant marine wildlife to see but I wasn't into it. I mostly hung out in the tourist traps with friends and relaxed.
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The light, the mountains, the water, the boats. It is indeed gorgeous.

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