When I was younger as a small town kid in Wisconsin, I spent most of my time outside. I was a Boy Scout. After high school, I recognized that I wasn’t quite ready to go to college, so I joined the Navy and was a sonar operator on the P-3 Orion. As part of my aircrew training, I went to survival school. I was in 20 countries before I was 21.
After all that adventure, I settled down. I went to college. I worked hard on my career. I got married. We had kids. So, as I approach the half-way point in my life, it is time to take a moment and bring forth that adventurous spirit. The problem was that twenty-five years of sitting behind a desk, I was in no shape to do something like this. Here is what I’ve done to get ready for this hike.