I need to sit down and start planning. The logistics of this trip are beyond overwhelming to me right now. Things like food and maps and clothing choices swirl through my head every day. I have to constantly apologize to all of my friends and family who I continually bother with the most mundane questions. I realize that you don’t probably care whether or not my jacket has a hood or what socks I am going to try in yet another desperate attempt at finding the perfect sock shoe combo, but it’s something I can’t seem to get past. I’ve become that annoying person who asks the same question over and over in the hopes that an answer will change, even though I don’t know what answer I am looking for.
What’s even more ridiculous is that I thought I loved planning. I can spend absurd amounts of time and energy researching things, and I have enjoyed making lists and learning about gear. Only I’m not a great decision maker which seems to be a key trait needed for planning.
However I am a great procrastinator. So what have I been doing on my days off? Wandering the parks of the east bay, I actually need to get out and hike as part of my training for this trip but I know that eventually all of those decisions are going to have to be made. Until then will just keep stalling.
I've branched out from my usual 3-4 mile dog walk in Tilden looking for more miles and a change in scenery. 8-12 miles seems to be my average right now. Briones, Marin County Open Space, Samuel P. Taylor Park and Pt Reyes are full of great trails and surprisingly full of wildlife. There have been the usual cows and deer but also great blue herons, bobcats, foxes and coyotes. So much more exciting than spreadsheets…