Dinosaurs and Adventures

The adventures of a curious human being.

2013, a review.

Another years done, another one about to begin and what have you done?

This year was a roller coaster, it started in the South of England and is ending in Toronto. In between, I was on 9 airplanes, I went up and down, and side to side across Canada. 

In 2012, I realized a number of my career goals, I graduated from University, moved to Alberta and began to work at a palaeontology museum. 2013 on the other hand, I began to realize many personal goals. I continued to work at the museum, but while doing so I travelled, I explored, I pushed myself to new extreme.s

Travel. Like I said, the year started in England, on the very first day of the year I walked around a ruined castle in England. Corfe Castle. 

Upon returning to Canada I began to set my sights on the rest of Alberta, I went up to Edmonton, down to Lethbridge, and even visited the Star Ship Enterprise in Vulcan (Live Long and Prosper my friends). I made friends from across the planet at a short conference in April, these friendships hopefully will be a part of a later story of travel (we shall see won’t we). 

Explore. I spent a lot of time hiking this year, I spent more time in the badlands, running up and down those endless hills with their painted lines. One can get lost without even trying. I climbed two mountains. The first, Mount Yamnuska in the Rockies. The second, a nameless peak in the Yukon’s Tombstone Territorial Park. This pushed me to an extreme which I had thought I could not do, it was amazing to see my mind, my body, and my heart come together. These were wonderful challenges, and wonderful days. 

Pushed to the extreme. I’ve never been an athlete, but this past year I played on a volley ball team, and a softball team. All the while training for my first triathlon. The pain of swimming, biking, and running a sprint distance tri was like a drug and now I think I will have to do one again. I went on to complete a Spartan obstacle race, it’s a member of that strange phenomenon race series where one runs a course designed to hurt you. Again, mind and body. It hurt, but it felt like a grand accomplishment.

Finally, 2013, has been a year of friendship for me. I’ve met a great many people, from a great many places. All of whom have been welcoming, open, and just good human beings. 

2013 has given me a hopeful and good outlook for the future.

Heres to you 2013, Happy New Year all!

Sunrise. The Best Thing In the World.

This morning while driving in Toronto I realized that the Sunrise I was witnessing was  one the greatest ones I had ever seen in my entire life. 

I have seen the sunrise in the following places (in no particular order).

- On the Pacific Coast of Canada

- Across the Rocky Mountains

- In a Canyon in Death Valley

- Overlooking a the Red Rocks of the Mesozoic in The Valley of Fire 

- In the badlands across Alberta

- On the Indian Ocean Coast of Sri Lanka

- On the Coast of the English Channel in Dorset, England.

Each of those moments were perfect in their own way, when the sun comes up over the horizon and brings the world to life … it is breath taking. 

Go outside, in the morning, stop and look at the sunrise. Just appreciate that this is the result of the planet that you are living on, hurdling through space around what is essentially a gigantic energy factor in the sky, while spinning on an axis! The sunrise. It is Science, and it is amazing. Don’t take it for granted. 

This morning, the sun rose perfectly As I drove south on a nameless road between Toronto and Pickering Ontario the Sun just slowly peaked over the thick clouds. There was a massive system of clouds moving over Lake Ontario, they were fluffily looking, with circular tops, they stretched down and touched the horizon. But slowly, the sun came up, as it i did rays of Orange, Red, and Yellow began to bounce along the clouds. It was stunning. 

This was a single moment, in a long day, part of a single year, in one long life. 

Take a moment, appreciate even that which has become seemingly mundane in your life. You might just be blown away. 

Ramon.

Failure. Sounds like a great idea.

Failure. 

I feel like failure is important, one needs to fail as much as possible, just go out and fail. 

There is nothing wrong with that, I believe one needs to fail a lot of things to find out what things they’re good at, and what their own personal limits are. 

So what the hell, go, try something new. And fail, fail really hard. But try, it’s better to try than to sit and watch the world go by. Right? 

Go on an adventure. 

Go dig up a dinosaur. 

Go climbing a mountain. 

Go. Try. Fail. Try again (this step may need to be repeated a few times).

Succeed. 

Winter is Here!

There is something becoming of a city encased in snow. 

I like it. 

Enjoy the little things. Even if you don’t like winter. 

The Yukon.

*** I’m working on a new dinosaurs and adventure website with a friend. 

This is something I will be posting on there in the coming weeks. Anywho, this is a bit of what I experience in the Yukon. Check it out, tell me what you think. ***

The Yukon.

Waking up in my tent in the Tombstone Mountain Range on August 31st 2013, I came to a realization; I was further away from anywhere than I had ever been.  I’ve taken many adventures, slept in Death Valley, explored the Valley of Fire, found dinosaur bones at the bottom of canyons across Alberta, amongst many other things. But, for one single moment I knew that this adventure was my best yet. The Yukon.

Our camp in the Tombstones.

 How did I find myself there? A friend of mine, Clare Brown, suggested in June 2013 that we take the opportunity and use her flight passes to go to Whitehorse, YT. From there we would try and drive up as far north as possible. At one point during the planning phase we thought we could make it up to Tuktoyaktuk on the Arctic Coast.  After some discussion we chose where we would go, the Tombstone Territorial Park, close to a seven-hour drive north of Whitehorse, and up the famous Dempster Highway.  People have called it the “Patagonia of Canada”, it turned out to be a great learning experience.

 

Whitehorse from the Air.

On August 28th we set out from Whitehorse around 4pm and began the drive to the Park,. Our group consisted of six people: Jesse Winters, Ainslie Cruickshank, Luke DeCoste, Stephanie Webb, Clare Brown, and myself.  Having a radio between the vehicles let us tell jokes, sing songs, and generally keep entertained, though, I was starring out the window for most of the trip. Mountains dot the side of the road, the further north you venture, the shorter and less consistent the tree cover becomes.

As the light disappeared we finally turned on the Dempster highway and headed north. After 360 km of paved highways we found ourselves on the gravel, and constant rocking of an inconsistent road. Some of the others in the car had been up this way before and assured me that mountains and trees surrounded us. None of which I could see. We made a speedy camp that night in a parking lot near what we hoped would be the interpretation centre of the Territorial Park.

The view from the Interpretive Centre in Tombstone Territorial Park 

Check back for more later! 

This is my first post in months, please bear with me as I shake off the cob webs! 

Ramon

**All Rights of the Photos are Reserved to Ramon Nagesan