I am a planner. A researcher. An organizer. I love the process of developing a plan. I research all options to exhaustion before coming up with a great idea for a TRIP. I can’t be the only one!
I spy on campgrounds and individual campsites from Google Earth to see which might be the best spot. I obsess over hiking trails and topo maps looking for rewarding daytime treks.
I read reviews for local restaurants to find a yummy post-hike meal. After months of planning and obsessing over all points of the trip, I can hardly contain myself when it arrives!
When it does finally come, I am like a kid on Christmas. I am so excited to be there that I let all the planning go and just enjoy myself. Don’t get me wrong, it IS helpful to know where a trailhead is located or if the dive on the corner has the best pizza, but the plan does not dictate my trip.
I have learned that the fastest way to have a bad trip is to have a rigid plan. While I enjoy the planning process (okay, I love it!), I know the plan is there to give me options, not to dictate my every move. So I encourage all of you planners to embrace your plan, but also to let it go and enjoy the moment.
Time to start making plans for 2016!