I’m thinking more about hiking these days. The Hawai’i Volcano National Park close to my house that I’ve been hiking in for many years has been closed since May 5. This loss makes me pine for the trails there.
I’m thinking more about the Appalachian Trail too. I hiked about 200 miles in 2000 and a smaller section in the 1990’s. Now I realize how long ago those hikes were. I want to get in backpacking shape and do a weeklong section in the summer of 2019.
Especially since I’m not a spring chicken any longer, I need to plan and prepare. Equipment will need to be added to the budgeting, children need to be invited, prepped or otherwise engaged during the hike, the husband needs to be shaped up or otherwise engaged, and I need to be ready. People will need to be assured that I will be safe or accompanied by a safe partner. Expectations need to be mentally prepared.
Compared to all of that, writing is easy. I already have the equipment, my family is used to my monthly retreats, I’ve been getting in shape for years and my writing partner is the perfect blend of a mentor, no-nonsense boss, and best friend.
Even though I don’t really do bucket lists, this year I have two things I really want to do.
#1 Backpack a section of the Appalachian trail
#2 Publish a novel with a nationally known publisher