Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Off to the CDT!


As we travel down life's path we come to choices that shape our destiny.

Here I am at another fork in the trail of life. Ahead of me to the right lies a well maintained path. It is orderly and predictable with maturity and structure. Well signed and well know; it is safe with little risk of getting lost. The probability of successfully navigating this path is most assured.

BUT, to the left lies a different path. It is wild, unkept, and mysterious. It is almost childlike and reckless in it's sense of adventure. Overgrown, with rocks, roots, mud, and unknown obstacles it's final destination is unclear. There is a good chance of getting lost, backtracking, and wandering aimlessly.

Do you take the safe, mature, and sensible route or the reckless route of unknown adventure despite the possible consequences?

On one path you know where you will be in the future. To the other.... it is unknown and there may be very difficult hurtles that will affect where you end up in the end of your days.

Today I stand at such a cross-roads and contemplate which path to take. Should I take the mature safe choice and march forward on a well defined successful path - as in GET A JOB and save for retirement stupid!

Or the impulsive childish adventure path with an uncertain future to retirement. As in...... following the dream and head out on the Continental Divide Trail to complete the triple-crown.

Which path do I choice?
The month of April will surely tell.
Here's hoping I don't take the wrong fork and end up in the toilet. :)

PapaSmurf is heading for the CDT!


  1. Papa,
    I saw today that you have enrolled in the CDT Class of 2013. WooHoo!
    I am 'thinking' about it, and will make a decision soon. If i go... i will need a 2-3 week head start like last year in order to finish at the same time. You bring the Canadian Whiskey and i will bring the Crowns.

  2. Dazzle, It would be great to meet up again on the CDT! Better get started, I was thinking mid-April, but I want to leave lots of time for side hikes this trip. Let's see how the snow falls in February and March for a mid-April start. It looks like this one needs a little more planning then just grabbing some online notes and hiking. I'm actually bringing a map this time. lol I'll be sure to bring the Canadian Whiskey!