Inspiration & Penguin Heritage
From Great Outdoor Store
One of the benefits of working in the outdoor industry is that inspiration is easy to find. We get to meet people who have done or who are planning on doing amazing things. We get to help them select the proper gear for their adventures, lending our knowledge when possible to help ensure they have the best experience they can.
Over the past few months we helped our friend Tim get ready for a race in Antarctica. We saw him almost daily as he trained to be out in the elements, which he assured us would not be as bad as the weather we have endured. He stopped by, always with a smile on his face and a story to be told, both of which we were delighted to experience.
So, we sent him off to his race, and he sent us a coffee cake from South America. Well, the coffee cake wasn't from South America. But he scheduled it to be sent while he was in South America. That's the kind of guy Tim is--literally about to hop on a boat and jet off to Antarctica and he's made certain that we know he's thinking of us! We kept track of Tim's race status via the internet while he was gone, so we knew that he had finished triumphantly. The last to cross the finish line in the allotted time, leaving other competitors in his dust.
A few nights back we got a visit from Tim's friendly face again. He popped through our shop door like he hadn't just been gallivanting around Antarctica a week or so before. Tim announced immediately that he'd realized during his time in the Southern Hemisphere that penguins were almost certainly his ancestors. He rifled through his bag, unhurried, to produce two medals. One announced his completion of the Antarctic race and the other declared that he has finished a race on all seven continents. He couldn't find them at first and suggested he may have lost them through the course of the day. He was unbothered by this notion as he had the satisfaction of actually doing the thing. Who needs a medal?
Tim is our idol!!! He looks for adventure near and far, delights in the small things, and doesn't worry so much about the glitz or the glory. Let's all be like Tim when we grow up, and let's all commit to finding our penguin predecessors.