Why Health in an Adventuring Blog?

Why health?

We like adventure. As former Army officers, we expect to be able to easily meet physical challenges and hardships of traveling with only what we can carry in less than ideal circumstances. Dean still expects to go for a short 3 mile run without any problems, and I still expect to have ICU nurse stamina to walk miles and be on my feet for 12 hours at a crack even though I now work at a computer all day.

So let’s just say that our desk jobs have impacted our health and fitness.

In some ways I have felt like my busy lifestyle and long work and commuting hours has robbed me of my health and fitness. I want to get it back.  But at the end of the day we are tired and a glass of wine sounds lovely, so we watch TV instead of working out more often than not. This section is about our efforts to reverse the effects of fast meals (lunch at our desks from a machine) and long work hours.

On the Mountaintop

How did I get this out of shape? (You took a desk job, silly). The moment of truth was literally on a mountaintop. There I was on the mountaintop huffing and puffing, trying to catch my breath.  On a trip to Yellowstone, my daughter and I had taken the tram to the top of the mountain at Jackson Hole and I had confidently promised to do the short “Top of the World” (0.3 mile) loop hike with her that was expected to take 45 minutes. Easy right?  I should have realized that if a third of a mile would take 45 minutes, it wouldn’t be like an easy short walk through the neighborhood.

I had my favorite motorcycle boots on for hiking. My allergy-induced asthma wasn’t bothering me.  The first part of the hike was very rocky, but mostly downhill, since we were starting at the top.  Which means the return hike was all UPHILL. In the thin mountain air, despite all the stubborn determination I could muster, I had to stop and catch my breath several times.  Baby Bear was so encouraging and supportive.  I couldn’t believe how hard it was just to hike back up to the summit. Every breath was a struggle. I cried tears of frustration, as I trudged on frustrated that my body would not do what I expected it to, what it used to do.

Surrounded by beautiful mountain views in every direction, I was a panting sweaty mess. How would I backpack through Nepal someday if I couldn’t hike a less than a mile uphill on this mountain?  This was the moment of truth.

With her encouragement and digging deep we made it to the top.  To rewards our efforts we dined on waffles at Corbet’s Cabin.  I surely earned my Nutella Waffles

Rule of the Road:  If you want to live more adventurously you need to prepare your body for the journey.

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The Adventuring Project

3401A560-40C9-4CEA-BE09-48138E41EAD5Are you tired of adulting?

Do you want to play more?

We want to invite you along for the “ride of a lifestyle”.

Together we will look for a way to step off the work more / spend more / work more treadmill and finds ways to live adventurously.

To us Adventuring is spending more time feeling alive and excited, traveling the world, feeling more energized, feeling physically and emotionally healthy, and doing what your heart desires and enjoying the journey.

“ I’d rather die while I’m living than live while I’m dead,” said Jimmy Buffett, the patron saint of vagabonds and wanderers and we couldn’t agree more.

We are empty nesters who have spent the last few years talking about ditching our business suits and trading in the 9-5 treadmill of existence to ACTUALLY live adventure -filled lives.

Every journey needs beginning.

The Adventuring Project was created as an attempt to solve our big dilemma: we were tired of feeling too tired to have much fun. Our desk jobs have been zapping our time, our energy and our health. We want to stop pursuing the traditional lifestyle that demands “bigger is better” and has made so many of us indentured servants to our houses and their upkeep.

Instead of working for the never ending financial demands of corporations and managers who would rather chase the brass ring than stop and smell the roses, we intend to follow our hearts’ desire of travel, adventure and generally pursuing our wanderlust.

We want out and can’t afford to retire yet. But we are working on a plan…

The Adventuring Project

We decide to treat Adventuring like a work project. We analyzed what it would take to live a more adventurous joyful life and have divided it into four areas of focus:

  • Health and Energy
  • Downsizing and creating a sustainable home
  • Seeking Adventure and excitement
  • Working the Project

Health and Energy

If we are going to take the road less traveled we will need the stamina and fitness to meet the challenges.

As with other “desk jockeys”, we found ourselves tied to sedentary lifestyles, with too much access to junk food and too little time and energy for fitness and exercise.

To counter this we’ve joined a local community center for aerobic and weight training and started a plan for healthier eating, but we realize it’s just the start

The challenge is always fitness and healthy eating on the road. We are exploring strategies to regain and maintain a higher level of fitness so we can meet the physical challenges of the adventures we plan. Like backpacking in the mountains of Nepal. And there’s a weight limit for skydiving, so, yeah, we gotta do this for real.

Downsizing and creating a sustainable home

We need to downsize our stuff to get on the road.

Idealists, yes, but still pragmatists, we quickly realized than in order for this to work we need to prioritize what is important, downsize and de-clutter, and think of an income replacement.

This section will follow our challenges as we downsize from our suburban home (5 bedrooms is two much for two people and a dog), buy our dream property (a waterfront property with some woods, wildlife and not many neighbors) design and build an energy efficient (near net zero) home, and develop a motorcycling based business.

Seeking Adventure and excitement

We’re looking for the road to an exciting life and adventure.

Avid motorcyclists in pursuit of back roads and bar burgers, we view motorcycling like Robert M. Pirsig said in the quintessential motorcycle/philosophy book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

In a car you’re always in a compartment, and because you’re used to it you don’t realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You’re a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame. 

On a cycle the frame is gone. You’re completely in contact with it all. You’re in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming.”

No spectators here but full participation!

Let’s go Adventuring “off the beaten path” exploring people and places the guidebooks miss.

Working the Project

Getting this show on the road has so many “Firsts.” First blog, first business together, building our first house and so on. Learn with us as we navigate a home-based computer business and navigate the waters of social media all while trying to provide you with meaningful useful content. Or maybe just humorous content.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rolling Thunder 2017

We’re leaving for Washington DC, the Ride of the Patriots and 2017’s Rolling Thunder this Thursday.  Crossing half the country in three days and rolling into Fairfax, Virginia on Saturday.  We’re joining 5000 other bikes at Patriot Harley Davidson at “o’dark early” on Sunday morning for an escorted ride the Pentagon.  BTW I served in that building from 2013-2014.