We plan our day, our weekends, and we plan for the future. We even try to plan for the what if’s.
One of the more exciting things to plan for….adventure.
#LHX2017 is not until April 2017, but yet planning has already begun. Logistically I have to start now. Thinking through possible team members, communicating travel, plotting out the trip, reserving campsites, organizing volunteers and communicating with partners like Gear Forward, Teton Sports and Epic Social Adventures takes time. Not to mention all the little details that can easily be overlooked without proper planning.
When it comes to planning I’m meticulous and picky about all the details, even the little ones. But sometimes I tend to over think. Oh come on now, you know you do as well.
Putting together a thru-hike on the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail for a team of eight people from various parts of the country including one from Canada for the last week of April 2017 tends to have me also thinking about the “what if’s.”
Yesterday I sat in our HBF office and watched as the rain fell. The sky got darker as thunder cracked overhead. As the rain fell hard my mind went to the LHHT and our trip. What if it rains most of the week? That would suck. What if we don’t reach our goal for gear donations to equip the next generation for adventure? What if a team member’s plane is delayed?
I can sit and ponder through a list of what if’s or I can simply plan the adventure and go on.
I think for some they miss out on adventure because they’re too worried about the “what if’s.” But here’s the thing, the definition of adventure is “the encountering of risk.” Without it it wouldn’t be an adventure. It’s why we seek it. We know there’s a chance to encounter risk, and yes, even weather is part of the adventure.
Dreaming of an adventure? So plan it! Get out there and go after it, and don’t worry about the “what if’s.”
Come April 2017, the #LHX2017 team will be on an adventure thru-hiking seventy miles along the ridge of the Laurel Highlands regardless of the “what if’s.” It’s what we live for…adventure. Because what if we never do this trip? Well, I know for me I’d end up in my later years with regrets and thinking…why didn’t I.