Not a bad way to reflect, isn't it? In a subconscious way, ice and snow have always been magical to us. Here, in the Arctic, they are your main company for thousands of miles around you (except for the few people who travel there at any given time.) Recognizing it has allowed me to better understand my feelings towards my loved ones back home; and the pristine views, quietness, and remoteness have always mellowed down the negative feelings I would carry about work, politics, and other people. There is something almost spiritual about a view like this:
Not to mention that you know you'll soon be kayaking these waters!
is now devoid of ice for hundreds of miles further north (preventing us from kayaking this incredible maze!).
This is the story of global warming in a very specific way...
To read more about the Arctic, see the list of other posts on the left hand side.