Finding Our Groove with Our New Mission
Ola Friends & Family -
I am so happy to be writing you this Saturday morning. Tyler and I are in Futaleufu, Chile having spent the last two weeks hiking and rafting across the Argentinian border and back.
In the weeks since our trip has changed we've had an entirely different, and extremely positive experience following our new route south. The trails have been difficult, and the packrafting, um, extreme at times but we continue to learn something new every day - like yesterday, when we rafted out of Argentina and into Chile without realizing it, learning the value of checking our GPS device regularly, and that it's impossible to paddle upstream through rapids, fully loaded, in an inflatable playboat. The two hours of us attempting to sneak back into Argentina to stamp out our passports was comical, if you choose to think about such things that way.
Tyler and I are going to hunker down and let a couple days of bad weather pass over us before attempting to paddle 150 km to the Pacific Ocean, and continue working to hone in on our creative content, which continues to motivate us every day. This past week I've drawn a really good bead on the formatting for the book of short stories I hope to write at trip's end, and get more and more excited to build the Patagonia Soul website into an interactive site that inspires people to plan a Patagonia adventure of their own. The documentary, so far, features a lot of sloppy camerawork and exhausted interviews, but if I can figure out a way to license some James Brown tunes then it'll come together. Really banking on that right now.
The filming, if anything, has made me appreciate what Brady accomplished on Keys to Freeze that much more.
So that's where we are. Life is much better. Our trip is going through mid-February, the plan remains to get outside every day, meet people every day, continue experiencing and learning something new every day. I hope to send out an update every week or two weeks, when internet allows, to keep everyone posted on our trip and how things are going.
Thank you again for the all of the responses from the last email. Everyone's continued support of our adventure has been incredible - we feel so lucky and grateful to be here, with a whole community of love behind us.
Reese & Tyler
Nacho y Tigre