In another post I asked that we take a minute this Memorial Day to remember all of the astronauts that have given their lives to help us understand outer space. Well I was remiss in not asking us to honor all explorers and their great courage.
Put yourself in the place of a crew member on Columbus's expedition. You still believe earth is flat and that you just might sail right off the edge. Regardless, you signed on and went anyway. In my mind no less commited or courageous than modern day explorers on Earth or in space.
When the British journalist, Stanley went looking for Dr. Livingston in darkest Africa, he had no idea if he would wind up in somebody's soup. Regardless he went, and as a result not only found Livingston, but launched the first serious exploration of the African continent.
When the polynesians set sail for what was to become Hawaii, using only a coconaut shell and reflections of the Polaris as their navigation aid, went paddling across the Pacific they had no idea what might confront them along the way. They went anyway.
Oh, and ladies take a moment to remember and honor Amelia Earhardt who in my mind is still out there in spirit and courage.
If you like, add your memories of heroic explorations here.