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Into Thin Air

Written by Payton Lee in The Backpack

“Again I redlined my cardiovascular output rushing to ascend from its threatening shadow, and again dropped to my knees when I arrived on the serac’s summit, gasping for air and trembling from the excess of adrenaline fizzing through my veins” -Jon Krakauer

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Redemption, Pilgrimage, and Understanding

Written by Hank Martin in W. Europe

Movie Title: “The Way” (2010) Fun Fact: This film is a collaboration between father Martin Sheen (one of the main characters) and son Emilio Estevez (Director), and one of the most prevalent themes throughout is the relationship between a father and son. Synopsis: When his son abruptly dies Tom (Martin Sheen) must travel to Europe to recover his body.  He learns that his son died at the beginning of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage.  In honor of his son, Tom undergoes the journey using his son’s documents, and gets a stamp from each of the locations along the way. Summary: (Contains spoilers) Tom is a well-educated, hard-nosed doctor who has spent his whole life working at a …

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Freya Stark: A Woman Pioneer

Written by Hank Martin in The Backpack

Freya is know for her insightful and honest travel writings from around the world. Before she died at the age of 100 she had written over 15 books and left behind 8 volumes of travel letters.

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Fall is Here

Written by Payton Lee in The Backpack

This is a new user submitted photo from Baden-Baden, Germany on a beautiful fall day. Fall is one of our favorite seasons here at Breaking Trail. The vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges from the changing leaves make for beautiful pictures. It is also at this season which we harvest apples and pumpkins and the intoxicating smells of baking begins to encompass our homes. We count our blessings for the harvest God has given us and prepare for colder weather and winter’s wrath. Happy Fall!

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A full teacup

Written by Hank Martin in The Backpack

“Let go of who you think you are, of what you’ve always thought you’ve known, and simply allow the information to arise and depart in the courage to face reality.” – Edward Readicker-Henderson – This quote sums up the gift travel gives us; the opportunity to experience the world.  There is an old story about a professor that comes to a zenmaster’s house for a cup of tea.  This professor thinks a lot of himself; he is filled with knowledge and information, and the zenmaster sees this.  So, the zenmaster filled up the professor’s cup with tea and keeps filling, letting the tea flow over the lip of the cup and all over the floor.  “Stop, it’s …