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Much to do about Nothing

More in the Philosophy

Today marks the day I turn back and head east. As I write this, I’m traveling through the heart of Death Valley while on route to Las Vegas. Death Valley, California is one of the more interesting places I’ve visited on my trip.

Last night I slept in a tent alongside a mountain range full of cacti and dry brush. As I lay there, I was enamored by the sheer lack of sound. In the past when I’ve gone camping, sounds of leaves rustling, birds chirping, or wind blowing can become deafening at times. In contrast, last night in Death Valley I felt like I was truly hearing “nothing” for the first time. The reason being is due to the fact that literally nothing exists for hundreds of miles around Death Valley. It’s a strangely eerie yet peaceful feeling. I recommend everyone sleep in the middle of “nothing” at least once in their lives.

With all the episodes I’ve posted about individuals pursuing faith and religious truth, I must say that the tranquility of nonexistence is something quite spiritual in and of itself.

Have a spooky and a happy Halloween weekend!

- Matt

5 Responses

  1. Hi Matt - Sorry but it looks like I missed you, if you are on your way back again. I’m in Santa Barbara CA. Would have been happy to have put you up, but not sure if I could have driven you to LA - I hate that drive and avoid it whenevere possible. I went to school (in Scotland) with Caroline of Frisco CO, with whom you stayed, I guess?
    So contact us if you do it again for your big breakout TV show, or whenever. Good luck and Have Fun.

    Posted by Elspeth on 28 October 2007 at 2:49 pm
  2. great to hear your are making a turn towards the east. good luck getting across the desert and we’ll “leave a light on for you” on october 30 in el paso. ;)

    Posted by carolyn rhea drapes on 28 October 2007 at 3:36 pm
  3. do you know anything about the Death Valley Ultra Marathon?

    AdventureCORPS, Inc., an event production firm specializing in ultra-endurance and extreme sports events, will host the 31st Kiehl’s Badwater Ultramarathon in July, 2008. A true “challenge of the champions,” this legendary foot race pits approximately up to 90 of the world’s toughest athletes–runners, triathletes, adventure racers, and mountaineers–against one another and the elements. Covering 135 miles (217km) non-stop from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA in temperatures up to 130F (55C), it is the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet. Watch the webcast here.

    The start line is at Badwater, Death Valley, which marks the lowest elevation in the Western Hemisphere at 280’ (85m) below sea level. The race finishes at the Mt. Whitney Portals at 8360′ (2533m). The Badwater course covers three mountain ranges for a total of 13,000’ (3962m) of cumulative vertical ascent and 4,700’ (1433m) of cumulative descent. The Portals are the trailhead to the Mt. Whitney summit, the highest point in the contiguous United States.

    Held as a race since 1987, this great tradition began with Al Arnold’s solo trek from Badwater to Mt. Whitney in 1977, Jay Birmingham’s record-breaking run in 1981, followed by scores of solo efforts, and then the Badwater 135 races from 1987 through 1999. AdventureCORPS has continued that tradition by producing the Badwater Ultramarathon since 1999.

    Posted by alex on 29 October 2007 at 10:57 am
  4. Sounds really interesting Alex. Thanks for the info.

    Elispeth - Maybe next time!

    Posted by Matt Danzico on 31 October 2007 at 2:41 pm
  5. She says Hi, and incredible trip. Horray!

    Posted by the guy on 15 November 2007 at 6:12 pm

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