I love going hiking with my daughter. She will be 2 in a week from now and ever since she was 5 months we have taken her hiking in a Deuter kid carrier I bought at REI.
With this bag she’s been all over Virginia and North Carolina.
She’s been carried up mountains, around lakes, through swamplands, over hills, and so on. She’s hiked when it was hot out and hiked in the cold. We’ve experienced highs and lows. There have been (many) moments of laughter and (fewer…thank God) moments of ‘get me the hell out of here’ screaming agony.
We’ve shared snacks, sang songs, learning much about each other during these hikes. Our time with the backpack has been some of our best father-daughter bonding moments or “Daddy daughter trip” as she likes to call it.
I am now 29. Yesterday was my first birthday where I thought “29 does sound sorta…grown up.” That thought worried me for about 2 seconds, but then out of the corner of my eye I saw a shiny object and thus went about living my childish existence.
After consuming half a cake, my wife asked me a simple question “what are your goals for year 29?”
I paused, thought about it for a second, and maybe it was the massive amount of sugar from the cake, but I honestly had no answer. Is this where I’m at now? Am I a dude with no goals???? That can’t be true!
So I spent the morning writing an answer to this question:
Everyone should climb a mountain at some point in their life. Something amazing happens as you are huffing and puffing your way up over boulders. Through your oxygen deprived brain a realization dawns upon you”Holy crap I’m climbing a mountain…I CAN CLIMB A FREAKING MOUNTAIN!!” All of a sudden a brand new world of possibilities opens before you. You have achieved something out of the ordinary, something you may have believed to be impossible. You have accomplished something EXTRAORDINARY.
“Ordinary people do extraordinary things.”- Jim Valvano (Coach of the NC State Wolfpack)Continue reading
Exercising at High Altitude, A.K.A. the bane of a Flatlander’s existence.
There’s something about being in the Rocky Mountains that I am utterly in love with. I love the beautiful scenery, I love the fresh air, I love being able to see for miles and miles and, of course, I love all of the outdoor activities.
Over the last few years I have been on a journey to find the perfect balance between getting outdoors and staying healthy. I am sick of treadmills, fluorescent lights, and the smell of gym mats. I want a genuine real experience, something that will force me out of my comfort zone.
My wife and I moved to Virginia during the summer of 2013. This move coincided with my falling in love with trail running. Eventually I stopped calling it “trail running” and began telling my wife I was “leaving to run through the woods…like a bigfoot!”
After awhile I adapted “Like a Bigfoot” as my mantra. I realized that to fully enjoy life I would need to go back to my caveman roots.
Therefore the purpose of this website is to promote chasing deer through the woods, throwing giant logs over your back, climbing big ass mountains and eating delicious healthy food! It is for people who are tired of being comfortable and want to push themselves beyond their perceived boundaries