Thursday, February 9, 2012

The start of my summit list

I took some time in Ghana to reflect on my life thus far as I began to chart next steps. One night I was thinking about all the beautiful moments I've had around the world, and how thankful I am for a collection of memories that surpass any photograph I could have taken. I started to write them down and I look forward to adding to this list as memories resurface and new experiences are had. I am calling this my "summit" list in tribute to the beautiful vista each of these moments offered.
  • Cuban cigars on the coast of the Mediterranean with my brothers.
  • Watching the 2010 world cup in Kenya.
  • Starting alone, ending amongst friends hiking through Cappadocia.
  • Singing in the Sistine Chapel (I have never been so certain of God’s presence).
  • Watching my mom talk to sheep in the Scottish highlands with my Dad and nephew.
  • Walking through a soft layer of snow in Red Square late at night after the ballet.
  • Fireflies on the evacuation path during a tsunami warning in Vladivastok.
  • Bioluminescence that looked like diamonds on a nighttime dhow ride in Lamu.
  • Trekking the Routeburn with my siblings.
  • Arriving at my destination after my first solo roadtrip in South Africa just as the sunset behind the mountains.
  • My first salsa lesson in Costa Rica.
  • Hiking in to my family cabin with my best friends in the middle of the night.
  • Getting stuck behind an elephant in Amboseli.
  • Arriving at sunset in Ithala.
  • That first cold coke in Tanzania.
  • Squid hunting in Corona del Mar.
  • Pear icecream on a solo walk in Paris.
  • Singing with my cousins in a Gondola at Christmas.
  • My first leisurely walk through an African city at night in Accra.
  • Laguna de Apoyo.
  • Dancing at Mar y Sombre.
  • Carmel beach at sunset with family.
  • Running in Rongai.
  • Bela's birth.
  • Cracked crab at my grandparents table.
  • Trying to leap over a rafter in Zurich.
  • That moment when I held a baby, sat next to a teenager and comforted a dying child.
  • Root beer floats in a half-built house in the Oakland hills.
  • Stargazing in the middle of a high school football field.
  • Yoga on the beach on Christmas day.
  • Dancing with wild abandon in Accra.
  • Watching the sun set from my surf board at Old Man’s.
  • Napping with my nephew in Moscow.
  • Walks with my nephew in Berkeley.
  • A surprise birthday party in the middle of a ski hill.
  • New years, champagne, a hot tub and friends.
  • Ice skating through Gorky Park.
  • Singing the national anthem as we landed after every choir tour.
  • My dad's solo singing tribute to the MacDonalds at Glencoe.
  • Snowball fights in Nkandla on the morning I left Sizanani center.
  • Camping in a field of geodes in Namibia.
  • Laughing until we cried with mom and dad in the back row at church on Christmas eve.
  • The feeling of driving a pickup outside of Nairobi.
  • Skinny dipping for the first time by moonlight in Namibia.


Allan Wills said...

Hi Megan, amazing post, so inspiring! Big fan. Please don't stop writing, and photographing, and dreaming.


Megan said...

Thanks Allan - always appreciate your support (and example!). Cheers my friend - hoping for a UK visit sometime soon.

Phillip Homer said...

Hey! Honoured to have been present for (I think) two of these memories!! :-) Hoping to add some in the future!


Megan said...

You were indeed - and definitely!