|Posted on September 12, 2014 at 9:10 AM|
My Disappointing Cancellation of Hell Hike And Raft 2014
If you didn’t know by now and you weren’t (like me) following the Hell Hike And Raft crew as a mentally tormented stalker then let me be the very first to tell you I never made my flight and had to make the final decision to break my plans and cancel my entire trip. (I will allow you a moment to pick your jaw up off the floor and regain focus)
I refrained from making any public announcement until the crew returned for two simple reasons:
#1. I felt the entire crew who made their flights, trained their hearts out and showed up in Idaho deserved full stage with complete and direct attention. The fact that one person had to cancel their trip doesn’t compare to the efforts of 13 others that made the trek.
#2. I really wasn’t sure I could put into words my personal choices without breaking my rules of family privacy. That being said, I am still unsure that I can explain anything you could earnestly relate to but I felt that you all deserved at the very least, a decent attempt. So, here it goes…
I don’t have to tell you that the life of an adult is completely overrated and overwhelmingly complicated at times and that many of us have daily expectations, requirements and responsibilities that are difficult to meet along with challenging demands that can compromise our general ability to have a completely stress-free day. Well for me I had unexpectedly received and entire dumpster load of those precise and direct life demands that in turn ultimately forced me to make the decision to alternate my attention to those life complexities.
As a self-titled new comer to the world of backpacking I understood this trip was going to command my complete discipline and self-motivation paired along with the self-expectations of considerable amounts of proper training and preparation, so, when I accepted my invite and announced my induction I was fully aware of and utterly devoted to those demands.
~ Then life decided to rain on my unprotected and non-waterproof map ~
After a few months of tough training, calculated planning, excited preparations, several sponsors and team members later I had an evolutionary production of problematic situations overwhelm my personal life and with my obvious and well understood commitment to my home and family I couldn’t allow myself to divert my attention away from the acquired needs at home (especially for an entire week!). Our family is healthy and we are happily charging at these current challenges in life knowing that we aren’t alone and many of you battle the same issues every single day without blinking an eye.
Another trip will arise and another event will come up but I will never ever allow my enjoyment of adventure to compete against, divert my expected attention or trump the inevitable needs of my family. I know this community can respect and relate to these words and I thank you all very much for your continued admiration, inspiration and support. I truly appreciate those of you who have already reached out and offered your words of kindness for my obvious disappointment in the need to cancel. Ya’ll rock my socks!
Check out this latest video of my 15 favorite photos of 2013. It’s my nostalgic view of a non-stop year creating new and unforgettable memories, triumphs and adventures. I didn’t make one for 2014 because I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to give it up just yet.
If you can recognize where I have been or can’t wait to get where I have gone leave me a comment and let me know. There’s nothing better than sharing the joy of dreaming up the adventures of your life. I want to hear yours!
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