It's not easy to spot an opportunity, and even harder to make a decision, let alone the right decision. Recently I spotted an opportunity when connecting via phone with an old friend, Ben. While catching up, Ben indicated he was leaving the next morning for a 4 day hiking trip to the Sierra's in California. To which I screamed, "You are the luckiest guy!" He responded saying "We have an extra pass, do you want to go?". So, after some texting, nanny switching, wife coercing, and a quick trip to REI and Trader Joe's I was home packing and set my alarm for 3:00 am.
I hardly even had time to think about what I was signing on for. We were hiking the Rae Lakes loop in a clockwise direction from Road's End in King's Canyon National Park. It's 45 miles with 7,000 feet of elevation change and we had to do it in 72 hours. Oh my lord, it's been 10 years plus since my last hike, but hey that was 300 miles over 30 days, so this should be a walk in the park.
Well, it certainly was a walk in the park, the National Park, but it was anything but a picnic and a hike. Besides the majectic mountains and abundant wildlife, the weather was amazing and the company was some of the best I've experienced. It was uphill for 2 and a half days and the summit was at 12,000 feet of elevation. The view from the top was literally breathtaking. Fresh water lakes feeding other lakes via majestic waterfalls with trees, ferns, chipmunks, deer, fish, birds and countless other opportunities to experience nature in all of it's glory and to feel a part of the ecosystem that we call life.
Taking time to smell the roses as well as whether to launch the next style or improvement requires spotting opportunity. Only you can guide yourself. Take chances, try new things, push yourself. You may fail, but at least you've tried. When success is the reward, the feeling internally is one that will keep me full of passion and fight for the rest of my life.