Are you that special person who - weary from trudging the endless superhighways - just longs to camp next to a glorious oasis of the mind? Do you desire to explore new frontiers, splash in shared ideas, fill your belly with the refreshing fruits of inspiration, and bask in the gentle rays of fond reflection?
Well, you can fuck right off. This, my friends, is not that place. This place is... The ShadowLands.
Predictably, three boats travelling the North West passage to raise awareness about global warming are currently hemmed in by ice.
On this rare occasion, our heroes are not quite so naive as some that have preceded them. These guys have a fighting chance of making the journey for the simple reason that it has been done before, many times.
That online journal of record, wikipedia records that the journey has been completed successfully in 1906, 1940, 1944, 1957, 1969, 1977, 1984, 1986 (twice). There have been a plethora of journeys in recent years, largely thanks to the marvels of satellite navigation aids.
It has been navigated by cruisers, ice-breakers, catamarans, sailing ships and lifeboats. However, like those that came before them, our current heroes are discovering that while you can navigate the North West Passage, it is just not very practical - even with the advantages of satellite imagery.
There are twoblogs on the subject, and The ShadowLands will keep tabs on them in our sidebar.