“a great deal of scientific literature states that ‘stress’, specifically heat stress, can increase bdnf (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) and norephinephrine. both of these chemicals in your brain are responsible for promoting growth of new brain cells and improving our ability to focus. to promote the growth and increase of both these proteins and neurotransmitters could be through the use of a sauna (165+ degrees twice a week for at least 20-25 minutes), cardiovascular exercise, high intensity interval training, and vitamin d intake/exposure! another benefit of doing all these activities is that you build a tolerance to stress. essentially what i’m trying to get at is... get out more and do stuff... your brain and body needs it lol.”
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Photography is more than beautiful images. it’s about the emotion that's evoked in you when you look at your photo's. two of those being joy and gratitude ✨what kind of emotions do you feel when you look at photos of your little ones? comment below.
But today there was no way i was trying anything nuts and based on the time of day and what the water was doing i cautiously came to the conclusion things were unlikely to kick up at this point in the day. clouds had planted themselves firmly in the sky and didn't seem to moving. even if it did start to b**w it likely wouldn't last long enough to actually get dangerous. hopefully anyway.
i have to admit the decision to going on did have a bit of bias to it. there was a handsome reward at the other end. if i could just make it the 20k tonight, i would get to stay in a cabin! i hadn't been indoors in nearly two weeks at that point and after what i'd been through. it would a great place to dry out and compose myself before paddling the last 18k back to bella coola. it would have me back a day later than i was expected but we did give a days variance for bad weather. after all, it was bella coola.
i had been fantasizing about the cabin since i fell a few kilometers short of it the first night out. i had to wait until late for the wind to stop that day so only got going around 8pm. instead of doing the crossing to it in the dark and go the bit off course it would take me i decided it was a better idea to sleep in little beach i remembered seeing on a previous trip to the area. i wanted to start early the next morning anyway and figured i'd sleep in if i was in the cabin. instead i figured i'd have a s****y cold sleep so i would want to get moving right away first thing in the morning. so i just got out of my boat and wearing shorts and a dry top, wrapped myself in my hammock and slept on top of my boat. the goal was to have a 4am start to avoid any chance of the junction of the channels being messy. but when my alarm went off at 4am i was so cold i got out my sleeping bag and "warmed up" for another hour and a half.
since then i had thought about staying there if i could on the way back. i hadn't been there in a few years and had even promised a friend who appreciated the cabin like i did that i would take pictures of it for him. but over the last day and a half i had started to obsess over it and it was literally what had been keeping me going to this point.