Every year around this time it begins to happen. The days get warmer. The snow begins to melt. The birds begin to return and mud is everywhere.
Spring is in the air and that fills me with the itch to be outside and on the trails.
I’ve been wearing my hiking boots almost every day to break them in more. They haven’t been dirtied nearly enough, so every time there is caked mud on them I can’t help but smile.
This year, the goal is to get out more than usual. There are always time conflicts and other priorities, but I know that if I’m outside it means that I’m more active. It means that the computer is off and the desk chair empty. My life needs more of that.
Plus, the crisp air and smell of balsam recharges my batteries unlike anything else. It is good for the soul and the body.
One difference is I find myself thinking about more gear when I’m out. I’ve rarely brought cameras and other things in the past beyond a simple point and shoot, but I think that is about to change.
Recently, I discovered the gear from f-stop and my browser has spent many hours looking through their packs. Their marketing videos are dangerously fun and certainly have fueled my desire to get out and get shooting (and possibly using their gear).
With the amount of snow we got this year, it’ll still be a few more weeks before I can really get out there. Sure, I recently went snowshoeing and that was awesome, but I want to put some miles under my boots and right now it would do more damage to the trail than it is worth so I’ll wait.
Anyone else I know eager to get out there? I’d love to connect for adventures with more people and my pack or kayak is always ready to go!