What creates a gap between saying I want to do something, and actually doing it?
I’ve been pondering that since our first trip to the Adirondack Mountains last month. We both love mountain hiking and had talked about getting there for several years. Why on earth had it taken us so long to make this trip happen?
Looking back, I realize we were daunted by what I call the “newness factor.” While we’ve each done quite a bit of hiking over the years, we haven’t done much snow shoeing, and we were completely unfamiliar with the Adirondacks. Every time we sat down to plan a trip, a long list of questions popped up: “What part of the park should we focus on? what trails are suitable for our level? where should we stay? what additional gear might we need for the conditions? What are the safety considerations?” We’d get overwhelmed and put it off. [Read more…]