Friday, December 13, 2013

Walking With the Wounded - South Pole Expedition

Do you ever take time to ponder on all the people you've met during your lifetime?   Of course the major players are our families and close friends.  But, how about the friends and acquaintances who play a smaller role?  Workmates, other RVers, shop keepers, waitstaff.  The list goes on and on.  A phenomenal pool of folks.

For the past few weeks, and especially today, I've been thinking a lot about a woman we met last year at Seminole Canyon State Park.  Therese Frentz.

I've been thinking about her because she was selected to be on the American team for the Walking With the Wounded South Pole Expedition.

What an amazing woman.  She was severely wounded in Iraq a number of years ago.  Since then she has battled to live as normal a life as she can.  She married a great guy, David, who is a Ranger for the Texas Parks and Wildlife.  Hence, they live at Seminole Canyon State Park where we spent last winter and to where we are headed again for this winter.

The expedition was originally slated to be, and started out as, a race between four teams representing three countries - USA, Canada, the UK and Australia.   Each team was comprised of wounded war veterans and seasoned expedition veterans.

Not long after the race began it was decided to forgo the race concept and combine the teams into one cohesive group.  After ditching the race scenario it became a cooperative expedition.  That did not eliminate the competition between man and nature, tho.  Abnormal polar ice conditions, temps of -30F and lower.

Today, Friday, December 13, 2013, at 12:48 GMT (7:48 AM Central) they reached the South Pole!

Wow!  That's all I can say.

Take a look at this:   Walking With the Wounded

Also, take some time to watch the YouTube videos of the veterans describing their injuries and how those injuries have affected their lives.

I repeat myself - Truly Amazing People.

Talk about "Chasin' Their Dreams..."   Wow...

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