Moving out and moving on!

Days have slipped, slipped past. So much happens so quickly it can be hard to even locate oneself in the flow of time.

Time for a major update. Let’s summarize. I graduated from college, spent a beautiful few days in Maine before leaving the East Coast for good. I went to Alaska and learned to shoot a rifle and catch salmon in a dipnet and watched one of my best friends marry the love of her life in the backyard where we used to hang out when we were kids. I slept on the ground by the side of a glacial river and flew in airplanes and climbed mountains and learned the names of Arctic plants and packed all my belongings for a year. Then I left the country on a direct flight from Alaska over the North Pole. Less than 24 hours later I was in northern Norway, land of my dreams. And here, I’ve been striking a balance between working on independent projects from my home base in Narvik, and full-blown enjoyment of total summer bliss. Living out of a suitcase and drifting around a bit. Here are some cell phone pictures.

Untitled

Untitled

Grandpa with some of my photos at the Woods Gerry Gallery in Providence. 

Untitled

A last glimpse of our class’s sophomore year polaroids before I left the Design Center forever. 

Untitled

Beautiful Charlotte at a fancy party the night before graduation. 

Untitled

Ben, as usual, dressed to match his prints. 

Untitled

So excited. 

Untitled

And yes, I actually graduated. 

Untitled

The moment I finished art school, I resumed studying other things. 

Untitled

Decompression time in Maine. 

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Denali came out on our flight into Anchorage. 

Untitled

Alaska wildflowers. 

Untitled

Hiking with the family!

Untitled

 

Untitled

Beautiful Reid and I at her wedding. 

Untitled

Adventure planning with Nic. 

Untitled

Staking out Nic’s land in ferocious mosquito territory. 

Untitled

Land claimed, flag planted. Success. 

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Lakeside running. 

Untitled

My brother arriving early from his job in the wilderness. 

Untitled

Family rifle lessons. 

Untitled

Going, going, gone!

Untitled

Approaching northern Norway in the late-night sun. 

Even freed from the burdens of school or employment, I find myself with an extraordinary amount of things to do, balanced with a thirst for life and determination to make the most out of each day. I suppose it will always be that way. Before I left home my mother reminded me that one can slow down time if one lives more in the moment. And so it is that each day has some element of miracle within it that takes my breath away, from an extraordinary hike up a jagged peak overlooking a world of fjords and ocean, to a late-night walk with the dog through a blooming infinity of wildflowers by the stormy sea where iron barges loom through the mist of sea-spray. It’s so beautiful it hurts, Tor Edvin says, pushing the boat off the coral beach through turquoise waters in 90-degree heat. Sometimes it’s hard to believe we’re above the Arctic Circle. It is hard to believe that so many parts of this life are actually real.

Untitled

Grilling in the frigid rain. 

Untitled

Breakfast. 

Untitled

Home or something like it. 

Untitled

Tor Edvin and I crashed our high school teachers’ ridiculous and insanely fun end-of-year party. 

Untitled

And then danced all night in this lavvo (tent) to celebrate solstice. 

Untitled

Untitled

Norway, cake, and my favorite ‘Bergen Is For Lovers’ coffee cup.

Untitled

Skarstad

Untitled

Some roses I was stoked to have found, in reasonably good condition, in a dumpster. 

Untitled

Narvik looking pretty decent!

Untitled

Goofing off in an elevator on the way to the (gasp) 16th floor! Narvik morphs into a booming metropolis! 

Untitled

Untitled

Hah

Untitled

Efjord breaking my heart with its beauty. 

Untitled

“Studio” these days. 

Untitled

Night hikes. 

Untitled

Summer. 

Untitled

Night running. 

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

For the past few weeks I’ve been back and forth between Skarstad and Narvik – I’ve got a few more weeks here to spend in Lofoten, Vesterålen, and the Narvik area before I fly to Copenhagen to start work. I may have forgotten to mention I landed my dream job as an expedition guide in Greenland and the Canadian Arctic for the summer… so that’s next on the list before I move to Canada in the fall! But first, more real summer in the sweltering heat that has just descended upon northern Norway.

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Moving out and moving on!

  1. It’s really interesting reading this as you are just graduating college and I am only beginning. (A lowly freshman…) I really hope my experience in school can be half as exciting as yours! Good luck in Norway!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s