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Jake and Ben, both seriously ill, occupied hospital room.Jake, whose bed was next to the room's only window, was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help dra... 阅读全文

Jake and Ben, both seriously ill, occupied hospital room.Jake, whose bed was next to the room's only window, was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. But Ben had to spend all day and night lying flat on his bed. To kill time the two men began to talk. They talked for hours about their wives, families, their homes, their jobs, their involvenment in the military service, and where they had been on vacation. As days went by, a deep friendship began to develop between them.

Every afternoon when Jake could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to Benall the things he could see outside the window. And Ben began live for those one-hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside.

The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailedtheir modle boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amid flower of every color of the rainbow. Grand old trees beautified the land scape, and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.

As Jake described all this in exquisite detail, Ben would close his eyes and imagine the picturesques.

One warm afternoon Jake described a parade passing by. Although Ben couldn't hear the band-he couldsee it in his mind's eye as Jake portrayed it with descriptive words.

Days and weeks passed. One morning the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of Jake, whohad died peacefully in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.

Ben was heartborken. Life without Jake was eveb more unbearable. How he longed to hear Jake's voice and his melodious descripitions of the outside world!As he looked at the window, and idea suddenly occurred to him.Perhaps he could see for himself what it was like outside. As soon as it seemed approprite, Ben asked if he could be moved next to the window.The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.

Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the world outside. Finally, he would have the joy of seeing it for himself! He strained to slowly turn to lookout the window beside the bed. It faced a blank wall!

"What could have compelled my roommate to describe such wonderful things outside this windows?"Ben asked the nurse when she returned.

"Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you to live on,"she said."You know, he was blind and could not even see the wall."

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漠河,中国最北,对一个爱旅行的人来说,儿时的烙印变成了一个不去便不解的情节,于是,在这个最寒冷的时节,我们收拾好行装,笑谈找北,其实就为了那个心结。 漠河的寒冷,期望中一样,扑面而来,做了太多的准备,此时反而是一种释放,彷佛越冷越真实,越冷越踏实。抵达漠河当晚,第一站先去漠河博物馆转了转,那里复现了上世纪震惊中外的大兴安岭大火,地图上标注,火势蔓延黑龙江、大... 阅读全文

漠河,中国最北,对一个爱旅行人来说,儿时的烙印变成了一个不去便不解的情节,于,在这个最寒冷的时节,我们收拾好行装,笑谈找北,其实就了那个心结。
   漠河的寒冷,期望中一样,扑面而来,做了太的准备,此时反而是一种释放,彷佛越冷越真实,越冷越踏实。抵达漠河当晚,第一站先去漠河博物馆转了转,那里复现了上世纪震惊中外的大兴安岭大火,地图上标注,火势蔓延黑龙江、大兴安岭,中俄两国深受其害。火势从漠河一直延伸到塔河,森林、房屋烧毁殆尽。博物馆图片、泥塑毫不保留的记录当时的场景,火中的人们面目狰狞、火后的残垣里尸体、断肢横布、触目惊心。一个不经意的烟头引起的绵延数千里的森林大火,而对大自然的不尊重带来了疯狂的报复。离开博物馆,每每念及此,是叹息,是警醒。
   漠河县城以北的九曲十八弯,破晓时分,薄暮霭霭,登高望远,山岭绵绵,林木苍郁,冰冻的河流蜿蜒其间,云蒸雾罩,好一个九曲十八弯,好一个北国胜景,拿起相机一顿狂拍,回头看看照片,如此气势磅礴,是我期冀之外的,这是第一个惊喜。
   沿着林间小路一路向北,车窗外一样的林海雪原、一样的银装素裹,偶尔遇到极致的雪景,我们就跳下车得瑟一番,唯一的遗憾是雪仗打的不过瘾,因为由于温度极低,雪呈颗粒状,根本制作不了颇具杀伤力的雪球,只能拿雪粉往彼此身上狂撒,这个时候装备不严实的同学往往成为众人攻击的对象,比如免费同学就被揍的眼泪鼻涕横流。361同学跟师傅经典的对答让车上欢笑不断,经过乌苏里浅滩、黑龙江大回旋,落日时分,车队在黑龙江冰面上行驶,斜阳夕照,山、河、雪覆上了一层暖色调,很是梦幻。师傅讲以前交通不便,但是一到寒季结冰的大河便成为了天然的坦途,四通八达,这也是当地的色。
   第一天的留宿点——北红村,坐落在江边,对岸就是俄罗斯。这个偏僻宁静的小村尚未商业开发,相比较雪乡,之后的北极村,保留了原有的朴实宁静,我很喜欢。
   第二天一路奔向北极村、途径最北哨所、最北邮局、界碑、最北民房、最北商店、最北厕所。。。。。。对于所谓找北的人来说,也算是功德圆满了吧。
   如此,心结打开。站在最北点,我们讨论下一站去哪,有人指着地上的曾母暗沙,应该是这里。呵呵,6000多公里的距离,身未动而心已远,其实,只要行动,再夸张的数字,也不过是一个符号,心中的目的地并不遥远。

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