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  •  This is an important diary, so my story (2+ / 0-)
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    marsanges, jim in IA

    is just tacked onto the end.  Your title reminded me of one of my "adventures".

    My (now ex-) husband and I were forced to land where we could when our boat motor failed on a remote Alaskan river in bad weather with very high winds.

    There was really only one place to set up a tent, somewhat away from the boat.  The river's edge was braided with bear trails, so we didn't feel all that great about what was our only option.  But we set up, made a meal and settled in to ride out the storm.

    The day had been exhausting and I was almost asleep when I felt the ground moving upward, settling back, moving upward, settling back.

    "OMG!" I said.  "I can feel the earth breathing!"

    It didn't take us long to figure out that we had landed ourselves over a shallow-rooted (permafrost, remember?) white spruce tree that was wavering around in the winds.

    But I'll never forget that initial feeling:  I can feel the earth breathing!

    We reversed the direction of our sleeping bags, just in case.  The next day we were able to continue our journey.

    The incident of losing power on the river in bad weather is central to why we ended up divorcing, but that is another story entirely.  But I did save both our lives - something he doesn't and never will understand.

    Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth - Abraham Lincoln

    by Gustogirl on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 08:23:04 PM PST

    •  That was an interesting story. I imagined a bear.. (1+ / 0-)
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      was trying to get at you at first.

      Thank you for stopping by to tell it. You meet interesting people and stories on kos.

      Predicting is hard...especially the future. ~ Y. Berra

      by jim in IA on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 10:02:52 AM PST

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