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…..