Hike, Camp, Bike, Kayak. These Make Me Happy

A few years ago, shortly after my third divorce, I have to admit I was a lost soul. I had no idea what I wanted for my life or how to even begin to live it anymore. It was really a sad time for me, not because of the loss one feels after feeling like a failure at love for a third time, but also because I invested so much of my time, energy, money, and emotions into another human being to give me a sense of self.

Fast forward five years, and the person that I have become today as a means of trial and error is just so vastly different than who I was it is astounding. One of the things that helped me cure myself of doubt, and a directionless life was taking up an outdoor focused lifestyle.

Originally, I began hiking as a means of getting away from everything and everybody to reconnect with myself. I also needed to find something I could do physically that would help me get back into shape and feel better about my body.


So I began slowly and have built up my mileage to the point where I am now more confident in my ability to not die on the trail. In 2014, I logged in about 30 hikes which is still small in number in comparison to some folks but then again I did not start it seriously until probably March of 2014. Now, I have added Kayaking to the equation and yesterday I bought a mountain bike as well.

I say all of this to show the progression of a depressed couch potato to someone who has a new outlook on life. I hope to inspire others to see that they can do the same and that this plugged in society we now live in does not have to dictate our self worth (he says as he types a blog on a computer lol)

Physically I am not where I want to be yet, but I have laid a good foundation in the changing of my mindset to a more active one. The next part of my journey will involve some hard work to lose weight and get into shape but in my mind, I now will enjoy the hard work versus dreading it.

I made this blog to share my journey with you the reader and sincerely hope to inspire you to get out and explore. Life is too short and time is too precious not to. Thanks for reading.


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