Icelandic for “YES” the YOW film crew including Shane Stalling and RC Cone hit the northern island country with surf board and fly rod with the idea that whatever presented itself in the way of water would be met with curious enthusiasm for what it might bring. Here Shane Stalling is hooked up on the Hofsa River, beat 1, a dream come true for nearly any fly angler. Big waterfalls, riverside cliffs and views of snowcapped mountains make this water one of the most incredible pieces of water Shane has ever fished. To catch a salmon here was a nice bonus.
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The Spey Dog.
I firmly believe in small gestures: pay for their coffee, hold the door for strangers, over tip, smile or try to be kind even when you don’t feel like it, pay compliments, chase the kid’s runaway ball down the sidewalk and throw it back to him,
try to be larger than you are- particularly when it’s difficult.
People do notice, people appreciate. I appreciate it when it’s done to (for) me. Small gestures can be an effort, or actually go against our grain (“I’m not a big one for paying compliments…”), but the irony is that almost every time you make them, you feel better about yourself. For a moment life suddenly feels lighter, a bit more Gene Kelly dancing in the rain.
Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.
Back in the United States. It’s wonderful here.
Have mostly slept for a day and now am faced with a lot of administrative things that have built up in the weeks I’ve been gone.
The Camino de Santiago was better than imagined, many stories and images to follow. Many people I’m blessed to have met. Southeast Asia and Scandinavia had their own magic. I have a remarkable life.
More to come. Just wanted to say ‘hi’.
”How could one ever be bored with so many good things to see and feel! This unity with our joyous surroundings, this ultra-penetrating perception gave us a feeling of contentment that we had not had for years.” - Yvon Chouinard recounts his first ascent of the Muir wall in 1965.
Today we celebrate President Lincoln’s signing of the Yosemite Grant 150 years ago which laid the groundwork for national parks as we know them today.
Photo: Glen Denny
Best possible way to finish the Camino de Santiago.