I'm a planner. I'm someone who likes to have things fairly well planned ahead of time, while allowing enough flexibility for things that might come up. A lot of people might say that I over plan things. Sometimes I spend too much time on logistics or I worry too much about fitting everything into a specific timebox, however, I've found this has allowed me to get more out of what little free time I have and it makes everything go smoothly during that free time, allowing me to relax more knowing what I have to do and where I have to be.
I'm pretty sure I got this trait from my Mom, who was always pouring over guide books and reading for ideas of where to go and what to do on our family vacations. For you young kids, this was the early 1980's until the mid 1990's. Library trips and 300 page guide books were the norm. Not 250 words on trip advisor or yelp.
With the amazing trips I've taken, and amazing places I've shown my friends and family have made me so glad she passed this down to me.
While preparing for this trip, I've enlisted the help of friends, blabbered on for hours to anyone who'd listen and gotten a lot of random advice from a lot of people, ranging from "Don't forget water," to "Watch out for mountain lions, " I was even told that I need to write a book (I was also told that being attacked by a bear would greatly increase the sales of this book).
While pouring over my Harrison's maps with friends, I couldn't help but think back to those days as a kid when my Dad would call me over and show me a map of someplace I'd never dreamed of visiting (they always seemed to show up with a National Geographic too).
So, I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who's helped, inspired, pushed and told me to shut up about my trip already. 4 weeks from today I fly to California.
Kid A is an avid hiker, backpacker and outdoors enthusiast located in Milwaukee