Fitz Roy, Argentina, Patagonia, 2014

Fitz Roy, Argentina, Patagonia, 2014

Origin of Bean of Cone

Our travel nicknames came about during a cold and windy camping and hiking trip to Patagonia in 2014 (it was 22 degrees fahrenheit during one of the nights we spent at a campsite!). We ended up wearing almost much everything we packed, including Deb's fleece, which made her look like a little bean head, and Carol's windproof jacket, which gave her a bit of a cone head. 

Carol aka Cone

Carol, the yogic and meditative retoucher in her NYC life, enjoys snacks, funny dance moves, and exploring the beautiful parts of the world. 

Deb aka Bean

Deb, a medical education/communication specialist in her NYC life, enjoys getting away from the hectic life of client calls, teleconferences, deadlines, and working every day for months on end. 

Together, we plan on leaving behind the NYC rat race to travel the world for a year. You only have so much time in this life and you never know when you'll exit it. And at the rate that we're losing forests and species, by the time we hit retirement age, there probably won't be anything left to see other than cities, people, and garbage. 

Because mankind can circumvent evolutionary law, it is incumbent upon him, say evolutionary biologists to develop another law to abide by if he wishes to survive, to not outstrip his food base. He must learn restraint. He must derive some other, wiser way of behaving toward the land. He must be more attentive to the biological imperatives of the system of sun-driven protoplasm upon which he, too, is still dependent. Not because he must, because he lacks inventiveness, but because herein is the accomplishment of the wisdom that for centuries he has aspired to. Having taken on his own destiny, he must now think with critical intelligence about where to defer.
— Barry Lopez, Arctic Dreams
Gaunacos in Torres del Paine, Patagonia, 2014. 

Gaunacos in Torres del Paine, Patagonia, 2014. 

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