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This journal will contain some great photographs of a winter paradise.


On December, a friend of mine, musher known as a legend, the great mentor to me has passed away, I traveled up to the mountains and went on mushing alone (skijoring: cross-country skiing + sled dog, it looks like that: i.pinger.pl/pgr221/0fa2234e000… but with a dog pulling you) with my leader Arnaq. Instead spending Christmas at cozy places, I've been very hardly training cross-country skiing (skate style) alone and with my dog as well. On that month I've been doing negatively physically as well mentally, especially that feeling of emptiness after losing someone where you will never see this person again- sport was absolutely to best thing to help myself to overthink many things and make me to stand on feet properly. 

But other than sport by itself I did but that trip was kind of my personal memorial for that musher who passed away. In his name I went on mushing. For him. As a proof of how he inspired me in many ways. 

Being exhausted (I happen to over-exhaust myself during physical activity, I'm insane with it) I've made to the most beautiful place which was on the edge of peaks. The road was fully surrounded with heavens.


I was in heaven.

I found a peace in my heart. I was happy. I feel a powerful drive of inspiration and his presence in my soul, where I am not anymore sad and desperated. 

Just I know that we don't have to follow what people do (i.e. pray to churches for his pathway in afterlives, funerals which are depressing) but what your heart tells you to do. My heart has told me presence of him surrounded in vast landscapes of mountains, surrounded with heavens and.. that's technically what he loved during his lifetime- snow, nature, mushing and dogs. That's sort of a memorial we can do to someone who passed away.

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That's how my long road to the heavens to meet with my mentor spiritually. When I stared on the sky filled with clouds below me, now I am very sure he has met up with G'Kilaq who was his most beloved leader of the team and along with six greenland dogs he is on the very long road amongst stars..... 

Then by returning to home, nature has granted some wonders...

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StarlightAngel-Wolf Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
cleaning out old saved journals, I never commented on this one. I apologize for only just now commenting, how could I not?
What an experience that must have been.
Then to be surrounded by the majesty of nature as a rememberance. That is so. much. snow. never seen so much before!
Those photos are breathtakingly beautiful. I especially love the ones of your dog pulling in front, the one she's shaking off the snow, and that final picture :heart:
Thank you for sharing part of your experience and feelings with us.
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starling16 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know what to say exactly firstly because I'm too busy smiling and secondly because everyone here has said everything I could've anyway. Smiling because of what you've done and your relationship etc that is not because of the passing away. Argh this is going wrong already! Anyway, I just wanted to comment, to let you know, um, how cool you are. I don't know how else to put it :')
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CommanderWolf1 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry about the link! I hit the wrong key!
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CommanderWolf1 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful pictures! I sorry to hear about him[link] but I'm sure he is happy you honored him.
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ArtLover25 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
I'm so sorry to hear about your friend/mentor, but that was a lovely thing to do in his memory. Those photos are also gorgeous, and now we all can see part of what made his (and your) life such an adventure! :)
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GrimmPrime Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
May the best come to you and I wish you well, you're completely worth it and I'm glad you two held such close bonds.
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Erzdaemon Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Somehow I envy your life. You're a really great person and I wish the best for you in the future.
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Teavian Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student General Artist
I think that's the best tribute you could ever have for him. Doing what he loved in his honor, and getting to see such a beautiful landscape at the same time.
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veinne Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a really inspiring journal. :hug:
A beautiful way to honor your mentor. :)

..and on a less serious note, your dog is so fluffy and cute! :la:
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CanisLupusDingo Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013   General Artist
This is so beautiful; I'm speechless.
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