The great outdoors – a renewed enthusiasm

You may have noticed a few things (maybe not 🙂 )….

  • I did a pretty good amount of walking and camping last year (approx 20 nights out and 60 days walking – my best year for a long time)
  • I have started 2012 with a bit of a plan and some goals (last post)
  • A more regularly updated blog (I am the world’s worst normally for keeping at something)
  • A renewed enthusiasm for the outdoors (ok its always been there but it just seems to be more to the fore recently)

Ok, its only January but I do have a good feeling about this year both in the context of my personal situation (job change) and getting out and about. I also have a yearning for places further afield and definitely want to do that socialising thing. I love solowalking and camping but do also like meeting up with friends new and old. Probably more so these days. Maybe age is changing me slowly. Either that or I just dont like my own company as much anymore!

Its a funny thing. My enhanced (rather than renewed…better word) passion for the outdoors has definitely been built on the bedrock of last years excursions and experiences. On top of that I have connected with more and more people in the outdoors arena, some through blogging, some through social networking sites like Twitter. Actually I have to confess that I joined Twitter ages ago but “didnt get it” at first. Then I went back into it when the outdoor forums on the internet started to get stale and staid. I have to admit I love Twitter now and although it is still very much a “virtual pub” at times (good and bad), its a great medium for connecting with people, talking and sharing knowledge and experience.

As per my last post I am simply brimming with ideas for walks and trips limited only by time, money and family. Yes thats a pretty big collective limitation but what it means is that outside of those limitations I really want to spend as much time walking, camping, taking photographs, meeting up and just enjoying life in the outdoors. Sounds a bit noncy and OTT but that is genuinely how I feel. It will be interesting to see how the year pans out but I am optimistic and that cant be a bad thing…

I even went last minute tarping in December without very much planning at all. Actually that was quite a departure as normally I am quite anal about planning to the ‘nth degree. 😀 I really hope my enthusiasm carries on. I know there will still be set-backs and disappointments but overall I do have a real positive feeling about the year.  

Look out for me this year. I’ll be the middle aged man with a stupid grin and a bottle ready to share with those that tarry to talk and share a moment of companionship. See you all soon…..

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About Saddlebags and Backpacks - a brewer's outdoor adventures

I am a keen hiker, camper, cyclist and general all round gear addict..... I also manage to be a professional brewer in my non-spare time :->
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6 Responses to The great outdoors – a renewed enthusiasm

  1. Sean says:

    Glad to hear you’ve found your mojo again, Dave.

    >>>Either that or I just dont like my own company as much anymore!>>>
    Interesting observation, that. I don’t like your company either 🙂

  2. backpackbrewer says:

    thanks Sean. You see, I have resisted the temptation to adulterate your comments. I am above such things! 😀

  3. Your enthusiasm is infectious – just reading that makes me feel all inspired!

  4. backpackbrewer says:

    well, if it has then its worth it just for that. To inspire others is a lofty ambition so thank you for the comment. I am off to the Brecon Beacons tomorrow for a walk and a scout for a new camping spot. I feel all energetic and will will wear my cap at a jaunty angle when I am out and about 🙂

  5. Sean says:

    You need one of Jo’s hand knitted ‘acorn’ hats, Dave. It would suit you 🙂

  6. backpackbrewer says:

    that photo’s a fake! You’d never get Jo to wear one of those…….. 😀

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