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Since announcing our project and boarding a plane bound for the northern most inhabited place on the planet, people ask us, how, why, and who are you two that you guys can do this? Sometimes I manage to answer these questions with an elegant interpretation, other times, I ask myself the same thing. Like many great things in life, sometimes they seem too far off in an unrealistic place that dreaming is the closest you get to them. For us, it came down to taking a leap of faith for something we believed in, embracing the risks, a bit of manifested luck, cultivating our talents and honing our passions into an idea described in a single sentence.

Our project started much like anything else, one seemingly unachievable dream that hatched nine months ago. Over two pints of stout beer, we initially sketched out the idea on a bar napkin after a camping trip on Mt. Tamalpais, California. Surprisingly, our initial ideas ended up being the very foundation from which our project was built. I remember those first months of secret planning, the naive excitement and sheer force of adrenaline that kept pushing us to overcome the numerous obstacles that continued to present themselves. Only with a tremendous amount of planning, rearranging, risk, sacrifice and disappointment did we realize that we, two inspired young adults, could pack up our possessions into a storage unit and set out to simply create something tangible to show the world. On April 4th, 2012, Photographer Justin Lewis and I began a two year expedition to share how environments and traditional ways of life are at risk as human demands on the natural world increase.

Weaving our paired art mediums with the world’s current realities, we aim to contribute to the rise in global consciousness. With recent decades of rapid exponential change, the question remains, how is the human spirit adapting?

We want to deeply thank our followers, fans, fantastic friends and amazing family whose support lifts our spirits when the going gets tough. A huge hug of gratitude for your kind, inspirational comments and continued encouragement.

Below is some of the press we have received since our return from Greenland. July marks the beginning of Phase II, Maine’s freshwater environments.

Huffington Post Green
Patagonia Blog
Outside Online Magazine

From Greenland to Antarctica, in places where life is about basic survival, there are stories that the greater world needs to hear. We will continue to capture these accounts to further preserve the habitats, cultures, diversity and richness of life on Earth.

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” – Thoreau

16 Comments Post a comment
  1. You are so talent! Great adventures!

    September 20, 2012
  2. I’m so enjoying following your journey.

    July 13, 2012
  3. Keep on Livin the DREAM!

    July 13, 2012
  4. beautiful pictures, great blog

    July 12, 2012
  5. Your combined clarity and skill is powerful, beautiful and speaks to the heart. I, for one, am glad of the opportunity to experience your experiences. -Nikki

    July 12, 2012
  6. Reblogged this on hannaswalk – ok mostly others at the moment.

    July 12, 2012
  7. Absolutely love reading about Greenland, and look forward to Maine. The work you two are doing IS indeed vital work that must be shared with the world. You do it with eloquence and grace, and communicate the keen sense of urgency that all of us face as inhabitants of the planet we share.

    July 12, 2012
  8. butterflymaiden #

    … it seems you do a wonderful team! happy week!!

    July 11, 2012
  9. I love what you are doing! I love the goal, the clear, concise writing and the stunning photography. Wishing you great success and great adventures!

    July 11, 2012
  10. The mom #

    To follow your dreams, your passion is exciting, but to share it with the world is noble.

    July 11, 2012
  11. Great Post – loving your photos – thanks for sharing!

    July 11, 2012
  12. Having never met you, I happened upon your blog when WordPress sent an email about it on Earth Day. I have looked forward to your new posts ever since. Now that you will be dipping into the Americas, the posts will likely hit closer to home, but you have already reinforced how small our true home is and how much it changes daily. Thank you for inviting us to be a part of your adventures and to learn from them.

    July 11, 2012
  13. Wonderful work. The two of you should be commended for this. I look forward to seeing more.

    Bruce

    July 11, 2012
  14. Congrats, and kudos! Such a wonderful goal to help our lovely home. ♥ THANK YOU! (And on a side note, LOVE Mt. Tam!)

    July 11, 2012
  15. Great work from you two.Truly inspirational.

    July 11, 2012
  16. Very interesting prosject, and good luck with the rest. I like your goal, it is an important one: “to share how environments and traditional ways of life are at risk as human demands on the natural world increase.”

    July 11, 2012

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