“Stubborn people get themselves in a lot of trouble, but they also get things done.” – Anna Paquin
“Wait a minute,” you’re probably thinking, “why is this post starting out with a quote completely unrelated to travel, and from a movie star, no less?”
That’s because travel isn’t an isolated subject; for those of us who travel on a regular basis, it touches on just about every aspect of our lives. It touches on who we are. That includes–in this case–one of my best/ worst personality traits and something I’ve seen the world over: stubbornness.
But first, lets talk about borax. In 1874, large deposits of the mineral were found in the inhospitable wastelands of Death Valley. Over the next few decades, borax miners braved the scorching heat to harvest the deposits found throughout the area. For a span of years, the soon-to-be iconic 20-mule teams hauled the stuff out of the desert to railroads connecting the area to the outside world. It was brutal work, but they did it. Why?