Ticked the box on my first post-pandemic adventure this past weekend, a little earlier than expected (my second shot is mid-April).
Why snow camping?
The #1 forward-looking reason is regret minimization.
There’s been a lot of accidental death around me.
The best way to deal with my son’s love of adventure is to teach him everything I know about the outdoors. It’s a fun project and fits my view that “skilled is better than safe.”
What do you remember about your life before COVID?
My main memory is spending a lot of money, time and effort for a life that felt pretty similar to the last 12 months.
The feel, inside me, is very consistent.
My baseline satisfaction is resilient to setbacks, and doesn’t move much with luxury.
Time in nature (with family), writing and teaching are three things that move the needle for me.
So the question I asked myself is “how best to allocate my time and effort going forward?”
Bring back the experiences, and people, that I missed.
Adventure, novelty & exploring => the best experiences of the last 12 months had this in common => so I’ll be aiming for a quick fix every six weeks.
Quick trips, back to my normal life quickly… because I’ve learned that more isn’t better.
I bought myself a monster pack (105L), which lets me carry everything for my partners and removes any temptation for me to pick-up-the-pace on my team.
With people – same game plan.
Who did I miss?
Write a list of the people I didn’t see during the pandemic then do whatever-it-takes to have a quick visit with them.
Spend time, and effort, on connection.
I’ll end with a fun story from the overnight trip.
We started at 6am on Easter Sunday.
By noon, we had skied, skinned and set up camp. Both our feet were shot but there was eight hours until darkness!
What to do?
Hey buddy, let’s go on a water hunt.
My son got a huge kick out of using a shovel “for something real.”
Staring at a screen during homeschool… not real.
Nature, water, snow, cold, wind, mountain lion tracks… real.
Let’s bring back the real.