I’m sitting here in my office and in about 5 hours my friend Brian Higgins is going to pick me up to take me to the Utah border. He’s going to hike the first three days with me; from the Utah border to Jacob Lake. I can’t help but reflect on my impending journey. It feels like I’m going to bootcamp again.
In 1986, after I graduated from high school, I went into the US Marine Corps. I think it was something like 17 days in between graduation and bootcamp. I had these days to think about what was coming. I knew that the next 13 weeks was going to be hell, but trans-formative. I wondered if I had what it took to be a Marine. One of the last things my dad said to me before I shipped out was that when things got tough, too tough, tell myself that I can quit tomorrow; that I’ll finish this day but tomorrow I could quit. If I told myself that every time I felt like quitting, I’d at least finish the day.
This hike is a lot like bootcamp to me. I wonder about the physical and mental challenge and how I’m going to respond. I know that there will be moments when I’ll want to quit. But on the other hand I also feel that a person can’t do something like this without it having some impact on your soul. In truth, I can’t think of a better way to go about a reset.
See you out there.