Thoreau—George Raveling—Tiger—NPS

By Jarrett Retz -August 25th, 2018

1. Quote

I started reading Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn. This quote appears early in the book and is so poetically enjoyable.

"Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink, I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. It's thin current slides away, but eternity remains. I would drink deeper; fish in the sky, whose bottom is pebbly with stars.

Thoreau, Walden

2. The Tim Ferriss Show w/George Raveling

Like many of his guests, I had not heard of him before he came on the show. However, the stories, and advice have been very enjoyable. Raveling's opening story about how he obtained the "I Have a Dream" speech is fantastic.

3. Tiger's fist pump on Sunday at the PGA Championship

This happened a little while ago now but it was hard to notice that someone else won the tournament during Tiger's 64 in the final round. There's a spell that persists and overshadows everything else that happens. He didn't win.. but wow, it almost felt like he did when he rolled in his birdie on 18. The fist pump, in full black and red, gave me chills.

4. National Park Service

The National Park Service, and other state organizations like it, are awesome. They charge low fees for campsites (I can't remember paying more than $15-$22) and that was the case all over the country when I went on my road trip.

Although many campgrounds are full, and very busy, the price is still so cheap.

  • My sister and I went on a two-night backpacking trip around Mt. Rainier and the cost was $20.
  • I camped underneath red rock cliffs in Moab for something like $17.
  • I have camped in the desert a few miles from Joshua Tree for free (thanks to the BLM) and in the mountains with similar 'freeness'.

I just want to shed some light of appreciation on some of these organizations that try to keep these awesome places clean and accessible.

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