Lately, I've been in a funk. Maybe it's the stress of life, maybe it's the realization that I'm living the last year of my 30's and heading straight for 40, either way, I haven't been able to shake it. It occurred to me that perhaps I needed a goal. Perhaps I needed something to work towards- something that would be a pretty significant accomplishment.
Years ago, I had it in my head that I wanted to hike a section of the Appalachian Trail. Really, I'd love to do a thru hike (hiking the entire AT from Georgia to Maine) but that's a 6 month trip and not realistic for a working married mom. But a section hike- that's possible.
But the years came and went, and I got busy with other things. I never forgot about that idea, but it just seemed like something that wasn't going to become reality. There's always an excuse not to do something- the gear is expensive, I'm not in shape and getting in shape is hard.... but then, after turning 39 and feeling like I hadn't really accomplished anything (and coming across a list I had jotted down of things I wanted to do before I was 40- none of which I've done) the thought of a hike became something I thought about regularly.
I decided it seemed fitting to hike 40 miles for my 40th birthday.
Still, I hadn't really actually planned anything. I just decided in my head that I should do it. So this weekend during a trip to Bass Pro Shop, the plan was hatched. While looking at camping stuff with Big E, I mentioned how I'd really like to actually go on the backpacking trip I had been talking about (since before I met him) instead of talking about it. He agreed.
So, we have a little less than a year to get into shape and get our gear ready for the 40 for our 40th.