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As summer approaches, I'm beginning to pull out maps, gather information on the Internet, and turn my attention to where I'll go this year. By now, many of my friends know me as the "Alaska guy." (I've been there more than a half-dozen times thus far.) I'm almost afraid I'll disappoint them if I don't return there.
I've been easier on myself the last couple of years, just driving through the Yukon Territory one summer and staying in a wilderness cabin in Alaska's Tongass Rainforest, but this year, I'm ready to get back into my canoe. Sitting in a cabin isn't for me—I need to keep moving. And as I see 70 on the near horizon, I feel it's time for a change of venue. Maybe Hudson's Bay. Maybe Patagonia! A friend suggested New Zealand—but Janet would kill me if I went there alone.
Somehow, farther and more remote doesn't interest me so much anymore. I know what I can do (and it's more than I ever dreamed when I started these trips), and I know what's beyond my capacity, and I've learned to respect both. But wherever I decide to go, near or far, one thing is sure: it'll be wild, it'll be remote, and it won't be at all like the city.
Dick Anderson, M.A., president of AdVentures and StockPhotoVentures.com, is a wilderness photographer who's canoed and trekked extensively in the wilds of northern Canada and Alaska. He's the creative consultant for the Psychotherapy Networker. Tell us what you think about this article by e-mail at email@example.com, or log in and comment below.