And I’m ready to be a little scared – in a good way. I’m excited about my empty calendar just waiting to be filled with new adventures. And it seems there are endless possibilities.
And there is my problem – there are too many options! I spent my downtime reading every “adventure” book and blog I could get my hands (and eyes) on and I’m completely overwhelmed with all the wonderful, thrilling options! So……what to do? What to do?
Run the Appalachian Trail like Jenn Phar Davis? Cool! Her book, Becoming Odyssa, made it sound like a fantastic idea! And then when I read she was named a National Geographic Explorer of the year for 2012, well, that just made the whole thing sound even more enticing. Who cares if I don’t live anywhere near the AT, or that I know nothing about multi-day (month) trail running? Or camping. Or fending off bears, and such. I want to go! I want to go! I want to go!
And what about kayaking around a country? How awesome would that be? After reading “Fearless: One Woman, One Kayak, One Continent”, Joe Glickman’s account of Freya Hoffmeister’s successful solo circumnavigation of Australia in a kayak (who, by the by is currently spending 2 years(!) circumnavigating South America – Freya, not Joe), I’ve been toying with the idea of kayaking up the California coast. No, I’ve never kayaked for more than a few hours at a time. But, who cares?! I’ve read about Freya doing it and now I’m inspired!
Or maybe I should take up snow biking? Yes, that would mean having to move out of Southern California and relocating to someplace like Alaska, but hey, it might just be worth it! After reading, Arctic Glass, by Jill Homer, I temporarily forgot that: 1) I hate, hate, hate being cold; and 2) I cannot ride a bike on dry flat asphalt, much less on mountainous icy trails. Am I going to let that stop me? No! (Okay, probably yes, but I don’t want y’all to think I’m a pansy.)
Sadly, while in my “adventure planning frenzy,” I made the mistake of reading “Into Thin Air,” by John Krakauer. Eek! That book just gave me nightmares and forced me to block all mountain climbing sites on my computer. (Well, okay, only after I obsessively googlestalked every person on the ill-fated expedition and then spent 3 days reading all the articles on the climb.) No, I will never climb Everest. No! No! No! (But please e-mail me if you know of any other good climbing books. Except for the one where the guy cuts off his own arm with a pocket knife. I’m SO not doing that.)
Anyway, I’m planning out my year, excited about all the possibilities, and loving reading what all of you are doing (Go SuperKate, Pensive Pumpkin and Olga - you gals rock!). Here’s to an Adventurous 2013!