Wednesday, March 4, 2009

My "Hudson Bay" Start

I've completed the first leg of my trip to Las Vegas. After a two-and-a-half hour car trip, I'm currently staying with my parents about an hour away from the airport. It certainly would have been easier to fly out from an airport closer to my home, however, a trip like this truly needs to have a "Hudson Bay" start.

Beginning in the late 17th Century, the Hudson Bay Company outfitted fur traders for expeditions out of the Hudson Bay in Canada. An expedition team would take out the necessary provisions and then make camp a short distance from their headquarters. This first night, commonly referred to as a "Hudson Bay Start" was merely a test run. It was a very necessary procedure so that before finally launching into the unknown, one could see that nothing has been forgotten, or that if one had taken too much, being so near to the base, the mistake could be easily corrected. This minimized the likelihood of an expedition turning into a party of the Donner variety.

So, here I am in the middle of my own "Hudson Bay Start". So far, nothing seems to be missing. The computer is working, the cell phone is charging and the iPod is connecting. I can only hope that, after taking out my components to make sure they were there, that I also remember to put everything back before heading out to the airport tomorrow.

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