Have you ever looked at a picture and quickly been taken away in your thoughts imagining what it would be like to be there? And then kind of wishing you were! I think we all have a bit of wanderlust in us. It’s just that we are separated by how we respond to this longing and impulse to wander.
My wonderful husband is full of adventure, exploring, and has a love for the outdoors. This innate behavior has been magnified in our sons. Their feet pretty much travel all over the place from the Sierra Nevada, Nepal, Mexico, Canada, Africa and a lot of other places. It’s the alluring voice of the mountains that they respond to.
Our oldest son, Caleb, and our youngest, Isaac, have a connection to the wilderness that I couldn’t get out of them if I tried. (trust me, I have thought about it) I’m sure we are in good company with other parents whose children’s feet take them to incredible places. The mountains are calling and I must go.— John Muir
As much as I want them to be what I consider “normal”, you know, like live in the suburbs, have babies, and live close enough that I can visit often. It’s never going to happen, and to desire that on my part is simply selfish. I totally get why these boys long for the mountains. I always feel closer to God, refreshed, and strengthened with any amount of time spent in this elevated masterpiece.
Isaac left for the Pacific Crest Trail over a week ago. We’re proud of him, we are excited that he knows who he is, and what he wants. He is planning on hiking about 2,700 miles, he started in Mexico and plans on finishing in Canada. He will not be home for about 4 1/2 months! 😦 I feel like Carole King says it best — Doesn’t anyone stay in one place anymore?
If you can’t beat them, you join them! I wished I had been a little more adventurous in my early years of marriage, because Dave is planning now to follow in Isaac’s footsteps and hike the PCT. We will be in our 60s. (Lord willing) To hike like Ike in our older age should be quite the adventure!
I’m in favor of fleeing youthful lust, but wanderlust is a desire worth giving into. Fulfilling the impulse to be in nature increases your thoughts and will rest your soul. Maybe it’s time to stop daydreaming and start exploring! You can follow Isaac’s adventure on IG @isaacbarneselmejor or on FB as Isaac Barnes. #hikelikeike #PCT2015
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