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Running a company and a family is hard work. Double the work if your spouse is doing the same. After three years of putting health, safety, and the children first, my dear spouse and I decided enough was enough. Time to pack up and hit the road and find a spot where we could be totally alone and surrounded by nature since we are both avid hikers, campers, and world-wide adventurers.
Where to? Greenland. Yep, Greenland! Greenland is one of the last bastions of unspoiled wilderness, where boats outnumber cars, and if you time it right, you can bask in 30-degree Farenheit temperatures under the midnight sun during the summer months.
You can imagine the reaction of our friends and family. Responses ranged from, “You’re going where? Why?” to “Did you mean Iceland?” (Nope, I meant Greenland!) The responses got even more incredulous when we told them we planned to spend the time camping and hiking in a fjord about 90-minutes north of Nuuk, accessible only via boat or seaplane. (We opted for the boat.)
Let the Mementos and Memories Roll In
The trip itself was magical and defied any and all expectations.
We spent four incredible (albeit sometimes rainy) days hiking, exploring, and just being. We discovered wildflowers that we never expected to see, and explored Viking ruins that were steps from our camp. I have yet to find the words to fully describe it all.
And although we were technically on a digital detox (no wi-fi, no internet, just us and our camp hosts), I couldn’t help but create in my head all the Artifcts I planned to make as soon as I returned to the US. The majestic hunks of glacial ice floating in the fjord, the freshly caught Arctic char, and the rocks. Yes, rocks. All the things that astounded me and left me speechless for the most part, yet none of them were things I could easily take home as mementos. Artifcts would have to become my souvenirs.
Artifcting My Summer Holiday
Jetlag aside, one of the first things I did stateside was create Artifcts. (Technically, I started one while waiting in line for the people mover at Dulles International Airport, but that’s a separate story.) I didn’t want to forget a thing, and, as you might imagine, one photo of an iceberg looks a lot like the next unless or until you know the story. And if you don’t know the story, it’s just digital photo clutter!
I initially created a private Circle of four (us and our hosts) to group and share the Artifcts with a single click and allow the others to contribute their own trip Artifcts and memories. But the Circle quickly ballooned into a private Circle of 20+ as family, friends, and business acquaintances asked for photos and details. I realized my Circle was helping me to share a more meaningful version of my holiday with others than would otherwise be possible!
Circles: My Travel Memory “Ah Ha!”
It’s only been three weeks since I’ve been back, but I have already heard from a half dozen people that they’re interested in planning a similar trip after seeing our Greenlandic Adventures Circle.
I’ve also probably saved myself countless hours sending the same photos and telling the same stories to family who are not always in the same place at the same time.
My Circle has become my answer to, “How was your vacation?” With a click of a button, I’m able to share the highlights, photos, videos, and details. What is more, I know my memory is fickle, and years from now, I’ll have my Circle to remember all the amazing hikes, sights, and souvenirs from our four fabulous days in the Greenlandic wilderness.
Intrigued? Feel free to email me at Heather@Artifcts.com if you want to be added to my Circle.
Want to make a Circle of your own? Check out our video tutorial.
And finally, special thanks to Anika and Jon Krogh, our fabulous hosts at Camp Kiattua. We’re already dreaming of when we’ll be back.
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