“The picture of a road leading to a distant cottage seems easy to interpret; yet the road makes full sense only to someone who has walked on it.”(26)
I’m digesting Space and Place, The Perspective of Experience by Yi-Fu Tuan chapter by chapter. This conversation about space and place, two inextricably connected concepts and locales, is extremely intriguing for me in relation to my guiding and back country lifestyle.
The main reason I guide others is to provide a safe platform for individuals to establish a personal connection to nature (if in the mountains or woods) or culture (if in a foreign or unfamiliar city); encouraging and allowing the opportunity for discovery in unexplored or unfamiliar territory.
I spent the majority of 2011 and 2012 and the first half of 2013 living out of a backpack and sleeping in my sleeping bag. Examining the back and forth of comfort, known, defined, understood, familiar PLACE with that of undefined, unknown, unfamiliar, open, liberating SPACE has my mind jumping to and fro between emotional and tangible reality.
“Human lives are a dialectical movement between shelter and venture, attachment and freedom.”(54)