Escaping the slump, a return to the trails
I’d like to make excuses for all of these things, but life is full of changes, and sometimes they can knock you on your butt. I didn’t plan on my Jeep needing an engine replacement, Niecie’s car getting totaled or moving. Yes, this year has been fraught with challenges.
Work has been one of my biggest yet. As the only full-time staff reporter for a weekly paper, I write a lot. Unfortunately, means by the end of the day I’m not always eager to sit back down at my keyboard to write a blog post. Or… get… or stay active.
This spring I started hiking again. I racked up a few dozen miles by mid-May, but not long after that, things got complicated. As the summer temperatures rose, I took a break from one of my favorite hobbies. That break, intended to last just a few weeks at most, has become more of a hiatus.
Now, I’m left this burning desire to hit the trails once again. I miss the feeling of the soft yet firm ground under my feet and the warm glow of the mid-day sun on my back.
I’ve committed to making the most of these short days and fitting a hike in at least once a week. As always I’ll bring my camera along and do my best to share with you the small discoveries I make on these walks in the woods.
I’ll also share details from my hikes including the location, weather, altitude, the distance traveled along with a detailed GPS map of my route. I’ll have a post on how to share your GPS tracking data online too.
After a year of getting knocked on my butt, I’m not done getting back up. This year may not have turned out the way I’d hoped, but it’s far from over and time to make the most of it. And, if I’m going to reach my goal by the end of the year, I’d better get started.
Enjoy this post? We think you’ll enjoy these too.
- 10 amazing pics from our Audubon experience
- The shakedown approach to camping prep
- Stalking serpents in Perot State Park
- Why I hike — sometimes it’s for tacos
- Building stamina for the long walk
Please comment and share
So tell us in the comments section:
- How do you escape a slump? Any advice?
- What do you do to stay motivated
- How has your year been?
- Are you chasing a goal? What is it?
- Tell us about your challenges and your accomplishments too
If you liked this story, please consider sharing this post with your friends on Facebook Twitter or the adventurer in your life. It really helps us make posts like this possible.