If you have ever planned a trip or a vacation, whether it be for the weekend or for a month, you have began to expect the expected. Expect the expected: sounds like a child-rearing self help book that does not provide you with any new information but is instead the state of mind that is forced upon you because you have planned, packed, booked, purchased, and itinerated the upcoming days. You know what to expect but the fact that you are waiting and expecting for the events to happen is almost painfully tantalizing.
Mollie and I have been planning, saving, selling, buying, itinerating and looking forward to what we are (over) simply calling "our winter trip". We leave in 5 days; to move into the car; to not set foot back into a rented house for 7 or 8 months. We will travel from Canada to the edge of Mexico and cover more than 5,000 miles. As you can imagine, this type of trip takes a lot of planning, saving and organizing. We have sold many of our possessions; given away the rest; and fit the leftovers into our Honda Element.
The past 3 and a half months of guiding have gone by incredibly fast. We have saved enough, planned enough, and organized well and now its soon time to depart. It is painful. We just want to leave now. How could we not want this trip to begin sooner?
So where are we going? Well, we do not exactly know. Well...we do...but we don't. We will leave Colorado and head straight to the Banff, Canada region. Here, we will climb our faces off for 4-6 weeks (really as long as the weather allows us) then we will climb our way West and Southwest to my parent's house just south of Seattle. That's all we know - and that is the way we want it. The more we expect, the harder it is to expect what you're expecting. So, we are keeping it simple: focus on the here and now (and a little bit of tomorrow) so we do not worry ourselves on expecting the expected but get to immerse ourselves in the enjoyments of living today.
Keep an eye on the Adventure Thru Lens Facebook page and the blog for updates. We plan on living the next 8 months to their fullest and they will surely be packed full of stories, photos and happenings.
And remember, when you worry about expecting the expected you miss out on Today.