|Brian Pisani doing his "other" sport|
The fact of the matter is that you only get so much time on this earth. You can wax philosophical on that idea, but the reality is that there is an end date.
So the time you spend is valuable. Its finite and its precious. There is a fine balance between time for yourself and time for others. Both are important.
For a time, 10 years or so ago that I used to think hard about why I lived in this town. I looked at other things going on in other communities and I thought maybe I was missing out. However instead of jumping ship I decided to dig down and contribute. So did many others, not just in Outdoor Rec but also in food, in beer, arts and culture.
It has been a long time coming but it was a weekend like this past one that shows what happens when you have a community of contributors. Of people who take their time and give it back.
This weekend there were so many damn good choices of what to do with "your"time that it was staggering.
Here is a partial list as I am sure I missed something.
1.) Free Range Film Festival
2.) All Pints North
3.) Paddle Mania
4.) Duluth Climbers Coalition kick off climb and Party
5.) Voyageur 50
6.) Ben Weaver and Charlie Parr
Of course all the standing fun as well. Spirit Mountain Gravity riding, all the trails in general. Swimming, fishing..... you name it.
I finally had to make some choices. I needed to get some family time as I had been on the road most of the week working. I hit the always killer Free Range Fest on Friday night with Margaret and Tae. Then on Saturday we painted the sauna and then hit the Duluth Climbers Coalition climb on Ely's Peak.
I was super proud of Tae and he went for it on his first outdoor climb. Always the camera kid he was there when WDIO was on the scene and they captured the whole gig.
The weekend was extremely hot and we also did a lot of swimming and some fishing.
On Sunday we finished the Sauna and then went for a fun paddle on the Louis and then swam in our favorite swimming hole and had dinner. While it was 90 degrees I was so cooled off I almost had to put on a sweatshirt.
Life lived and all out my door and with family time intermixed. Thanks Duluth you are helping me spend my days wisely.
|The best film festival you can spend a summer night at|
|A younger thinner me as a film maker! FRF is 12 years old.|
|DCC throwing down|
|Tae sending it|
|Tae and Marg tell it like it is|
|Lots of space on the West side!|
|Hot and sweaty belay|
|Tae doing some rock art|
|Learning a Bow Rudder|