January 2010 Snoqualmie Ridge Article
New Year and New Resolutions
The New Year has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, looking forward to the coming year. It's a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes. Given our hectic lifestyles it’s no wonder that "enjoying life more" has become a popular resolution in recent years. It's an important step to a happier and healthier you!
No More “Someday”
We start the year with the best of intentions, “We’re going hiking a lot this year” we say. Unfortunately, more often than not, it seems that the stresses of everyday life relegate these best laid plans to the back burner because we haven’t prioritized and scheduled our activities. With the hundreds of trails within an hour’s drive the options can be overwhelming. Get started by finding places you want to explore at www.TrailMeister.com and then put them on the calendar. By moving from a passive “we are going to hike a lot” to an active “we’re hiking at Taylor Mountain on the 6th of February” your chances for actually getting out and about are markedly improved. Get a new calendar for the year and flip through it to plan for weekend getaways or day hikes. Avoid double-booking hike distractions by reserving the whole day.
Think about fun or challenging goals for the New Year. Is there a particular trail or a place where you have always wanted to visit? Some other goal-setting ideas include:
· Logging a certain number of trail miles throughout the year.
· Spending a certain number of nights camping out.
· Completing a trail over several weekends or months, such as a segment of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Writing down the list will help you break your goals into manageable chunks. Sometimes we hold ourselves back from doing something because it seems too large, but that is alleviated by breaking it down into smaller parts.
Go With the Kids
What better motivation for getting outside than spending time with the kids? Share experiences and create memories during your outdoor adventures. Children force you to alter your sense of accomplishment and to be flexible. For many children, it's the journey that's important, not how long the journey is. By traveling at a child’s slower pace, and by taking the time to look at the world from their perspective, we learn lessons for ourselves and build the foundations of a love for the outdoors with our children.
Get Involved With an Outdoor Group
Friends make the outdoors better. Even die hard soloists occasionally enjoy a group outing. If your immediate circle of family and friends can’t be convinced of the enjoyment of hitting the trails. There are many clubs dedicated to the outdoors that are always looking for new members. There are also many groups that have a constant need for volunteers in the outdoors. An added benefit to volunteering is that it not only feels good, it can be an additional motivator to sticking to a hiking commitment.
Here’s to many wonderful adventures in 2010, I look forward to sharing my adventures, hints, tips, and much more outdoor information with you. As always you can find your next outing at www.trailmeister.com.
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