Last Friday, Patagonia guide Dani Catania spoke at both JDK Design and Maglianero Café. He’s been guiding in Patagonia since he was 18, as well as owning and operating his own company, South People Patagonia. Believe me. His CV is impressive.
He lead us through slide after slide of epic landscapes, dramatic cloudscapes, wicked iceberg-filled waterways, up-close-and-personal wildlife encounters, and the faces of the people he met along the way. By the end, he had at least half the studio pledging to quit their New England lives to embark on a Patagonia adventure.
(It helps that Dani himself exudes a king of confident, earnest, joie de vivre that makes him immediately likeable and trustable.)
Fantastic images aside, (for they did conjure the magical) something Dani said was especially poignant. It had little to do with the inspiring landscape.
To woefully and roughly paraphrase (I take notes quickly, but not that quickly):
“The key – the important thing is the people who we go with. You go on these adventures because they make you feel good. But you meet people along the way. They are good influences, and you try to be a good influence on them.”
It’s the same in Patagonia as in anywhere else. The people you meet along the way have the greatest impact. Maybe the scarcity of other voices in Patagonia simply makes the experience more crisp…
I’m sending some mental love along to the people I’ve met so far on my crazy adventure, and some pre-emptive good vibrations to those I haven’t yet encountered. We’re all stories. I look forward to being a part of yours.
(Photo my own - do not use without my permission.)