There’s something to be said about changing plans at the last minute. I planned to hike Grays and Torreys this morning. I went to bed at 11pm and even woke up and got out of bed at 4am. But then I heard the rain on the skylight in my bathroom. Back to bed. Woke up at 5:30, same thing.
Finally woke up at 8am and needed a quick change of plans. No time for a 14er, clouds were not looking so nice. What happened to 0% chance of rain? Matt and I packed up the Subaru anyways, threw Shea in and took off for Leadville and hiked an easy trail with a great view of Mt. Massive. If we couldn’t hike a 14er, at least we could look at one. We had an easy climb up to the top of the ridge before the rain started but we did get a great view of Massive before coming down to a beer at the car when the sun came back out.
Sometimes life (and the weather?) doesn’t happen the way you plan it. Being an outdoor enthusiast, you have to be ready to just accept it and either stick to the plan anyway, or change the plan on a moments notice. We did the latter today. With an impending possible thunderstorm coming our way, a 14er was out. But that didn’t mean we couldn’t hike somewhere else.
I am a firm believer in adventures. Especially the type where nothing is planned and you just go by the seat of your pants. Those are always the most fun. That is when the adventure actually begins. Then it becomes more then just a hike. It’s somewhere new you get to explore, a new perspective on the mountains, your life, the rain etc. Everything is always fun when you’re on an adventure.
The last paragraph of this article on semi-rad.com is what this is all about, I always think back to this whenever an adventure like today arises:
“People who have The Stoke do not hit the snooze button on their alarm clock and fail to get out of bed to go climbing/biking/hiking/skiing on their days off. They do not complain about food. They do not bail on a day in the outdoors when there’s only a 30 to 70 percent chance of rain. In the face of immediate danger, peril, or running out of chocolate, they crack jokes. Statistically, your chances of summiting any climb are increased by 50 percent if you are climbing with someone who has The Stoke. As are your chances of receiving high fives and exploding fist bumps, and in general having an awesome life.”