Adventure, Imagination and Keeping the Juices Flowing

My old friend Keith stopped into the blog  a few days ago and commented on one of the posts.  By doing so he reminded me I haven’t said much about a subject dear to my heart:  Outrageous adventure.

Crazy Lost Gold Mine-ism

Wilderness Threats

Fiddle-Footed Naggings and Songs of the Highway

When Keith and I were searching together we were both in our early 50s, both involved in careers, both plenty old enough to know we weren’t going to find that lost gold mine, though I, particularly figured we would.  [I still held by the statement from my neophyte search early in the 1980s, “If I can’t find that mine I’m not half the man I think I am.”]

Keith and I plotted, planned and trekked into more canyons than either of us can remember and, while we didn’t find that lost gold mine we saw places not many human beings have ever seen, certainly not many in a longish time.  We systematically explored promising locations from the Zuni Mountains, to Santa Rita Mesa, to Pelona on the south side of the Plains of San Augustin, to the Gallinas.

I don’t know how Keith thinks about all this these days, but I know how I think about it.  I wouldn’t subtract one mile, one minute, one canyon of it from my life, though we never found what we were looking for.

Not from that, not from Y2K, not from flying a Cessna 140 all over the sky for a number of years, and not from this current adventure of survival that’s my life today, for that matter.

It seems to me people have become too ‘smart’ and ‘wise’ with the debunking culture to allow themselves a piece of outrageous risk with minimal prospects for any returns.   It’s been that way for a considerable while.  I believe it’s robbed a lot of people of experiencing a side of life that once a particular sort of individual demanded of himself.

An old man who wasn't afraid of adventure

When I say it’s been going on a long while I mean it.  During the early 1950s my granddad and step-dad became the laughingstocks of Portales, Dora, Garrison and Causey, New Mexico, by injecting a piece of it into their lives.  They bought a WWII jeep, equipment, and joined thousands of other similar men searching for uranium.  Probably the last ‘rush’ in US history.

They were gone several months, didn’t find a thing, and when they returned they endured the jeers and snide laughs of everyone around them.  But both men cherished the memories of that time as long as they lived.  They had something the stay-at-home sneerers would never have because they were too smart, too dedicated to the other side of human existence to allow it into their lives.

And the venom they expressed for anyone else doing it provides a hint they probably wished they had.

Old Jules

14 responses to “Adventure, Imagination and Keeping the Juices Flowing

  1. I call those sorts of journeys ‘touching down’ a real dose of Earth energy, the only place from where the real information about living can be got.

  2. Very insightful and timely post, Jules.
    I love that area of New Mexico. Exploring it as you did would be a wonderful experience.
    –Jool

  3. Such an entertaining site you write. Thanx to you, Old Jules…

  4. I never searched for anything of any particular value in that sense, only tried to sate my own wanderlust when I went on all those volksmarches in Europe. I saw stuff some of the locals didn’t know was there.

  5. I can’t tell you how much i long for those adventurous jaunts. when you left santa fe life actually did become a lot more boring. You obviously understand that some “quest” is necessary to maintain the “zest” for life. I look forward to further blogs. kk

  6. Adventure makes life thrilling. It was hard to get a great deal of adventure at Portales, Dora and Causey because it was mostly private land. I ended up in the 4 corners. Lots of places to make those adventurous jaunts into the desert and mountains. Lots of great memories, lots of springs found and places with unusual names like “Devils Dishpan”… Thanks for the reminder of my own adventures.

  7. I sense memories of a two-pronged nature here…the joy of adventure…and the joy of true and enduring friendship. How fortunate that you are to be able to cherish both, Old Jules…good for you. 🙂

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