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Adventures for the Adventurer

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With the Rim to Rim to Rim trip still on my mind, I'm reprocessing and parsing the conversations we had along our journey.  I'm not sure if this was said during our trip or if it was said in the wake of our trip but John had made a comment about "Adventures for the Adventurer".  That line has been stuck in my head ever since he said it because it feels like my mantra.



It seems like my athletic goals have been reduced to:

1.  Climbing every mountain I can find within a driving distance of my home.
2.  Conquering National Parks whose topographical maps can be purchased from National Geographic.
3.  Sharing either or both with my friends and family.

That's an oversimplification, of course.  But when I consider the destination adventures and the actual events on my schedule.  It seems like my priority is to the former instead of the latter.  And when I was faced with an niggle which turned into an injury, one that seemed like it might take me out, my only concern was not being able to run the Grand Canyon with my friends.

Looking in my rear view mirror, so to speak, not only do I feel the same as I did prior, I can matter-of-factly declare -- the Grand Canyon trip is one of the coolest things I've ever done.  And it's not like I've been sitting around -- you know what I mean??

I can't speak for everyone but I think we were all moved by the trip and we walked away thinking -- "What's next?"

To quote the artist formerly known as Prince who is once again known as Prince, I think:

Dearly Beloved
We are gathered here today to get through this thing called life
Electric word life, it means forever and that's a mighty long time but I'm here to tell you
There's something else
Running big ditches with your friends

Or at least that's how I think it goes...

We're all searching for something to scratch that itch and for me, it seems to be the combination of a significant physical challenge coupled with a destination that will leave me feeling awestruck.  Rim to rim to rim did that and as far as what's next -- put a TDB in that column but I'm actively searching for the answer.  :)