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And So We Begin

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Melva & Johnny at the crater/boiling lake at Poas Volcano Costa Rica – March 2014

For us travel can be as simple as a Sunday drive or as complicated as an attempt to climb Mt Fuji in Japan (which by the way Johnny achieved and Melva didn’t).

One of my favourite dialogues is from “Star Trek: Voyager: The Disease (#5.17)” (1999):

Ensign Harry Kim: I think it’s safe to say that… no one on this crew has been more… obsessed with getting home than I have. But… when I think about… everything we’ve been through together – maybe it’s not the destination that matters. Maybe it’s the journey. If that journey takes a little longer, so we can do something we all believe in, I can’t think of any place I’d rather be, or any people I’d rather be with.
Tom Paris: To the journey.
Chakotay: Hear, hear.
All: To the journey.

Of course, it was some while later I realized that Ralph Waldo Emmerson may have coined a similar quote “Life is a journey, not a destination.” 🙂

And so we begin……..Earth: the only frontier. These are the travels of the Melva and the Johnny. Their multi-year mission: to explore strange new lands, to seek out new lifestyles and new civilizations, to boldly go where many a man (and woman) has gone before…..Earthdate February 27, 2015

Johnny took these photos from atop Mt Fuji in Japan as I languished in a hut at 7th Station.

Japan 450    Japan 461

Japan 459

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