Doug may not be in a galaxy far, far away, but his description of Antarctica sure makes it sound like the ice-planet Hoth! It’s difficult to wrap my head around the simultaneous vastness, whiteness, cold-ness, windiness, round-the-clock brightness, peacefulness of the southernmost continent… And it’s absolutely mind-boggling that he can communicate with us from such an untouched and distant place!
Although I have “frequent-ish” contact with Doug, I anxiously await hearing from him–to make sure he’s safe, to see if he needs anything, and to let him know that he’s being held close in many, many thoughts and prayers; thanks so much to all of you for coming alongside him on this journey–friends, family, coworkers, and even strangers who have taken an interest in a guy from Colorado and his audacious goal!
I don’t know about you, but watching Doug embrace each day of this expedition with such courage and tenacity inspires me to ponder what my own “South Pole Solo” might be…
When he pointed his skis South this morning, I’m sure Doug didn’t give a thought to galactic warfare. But I’d like to think that as he set out to conquer the polar expanse, somewhere in the back of his mind echoed the wise words of an ancient Jedi master: “Do or do not. There is no try.”
Whatever you face today, may the Force be with you!