05 11/14

Escaping The Cubicle And Fleeing Into The Great Outdoors

matterhornFor as long as I can remember, I have worked an office job. I don’t mind having a cushy job. The big downside is that I do not get out much. More often than not, I have to put in some pretty long hours and I don’t like it one bit. I have a very demanding boss and sometimes he drives me entirely crazy. Most of the time, I have to work way more than 40 hours per week. Some weeks, it’s even 60. I can’t believe I managed to keep it up all those years. And then when I come home I have to pay attention to my wife and kids, and it is sometimes hard to come up with the energy. At one time, I had completely had it breaking my balls on a mere office job. Me and my wife have decided that we are going to live a bit more frugally. We do not want to be paying a high price for living any more. My boss can go suck it and I am going to work somewhere else soon. I do not like the daily grind and the daily grind does not like me.

maryland7It is the same stuff every single day. Your whole life flashes before you and you look back on it all, wondering where time went. I am in marketing and I have to do all sorts of boring computer and administration stuff all day long. I totally hate it. So I’m going to do something useful with my life before it is too late. I’m rapidly approaching middle age. The biggest part of my youth is already gone. So now I am going to see to it that I will spend some more time outside. I want to get more exercise and see if I can’t rejuvenate my body a little bit. I have recently adopted a more healthy diet and that already makes me feel so much better about myself. Healthy food is good for you. But combining it with some time outside is even better for you. I sure do love getting some fresh air every once in a while. I love being in the middle of nature. I’m living in a area that has plenty of nature available. I live near a big city although I am not willing to say which one, for fear of one of my readers coming over to stalk me. I have the ability to go outdoors whenever I like.

lamer hikingDo any of you guys out there realize how important it is to get out of the house every once in a while? Some fresh air every once in a while is going to do your body good. I have recently quit my boring office job so pretty soon I will be able to get even more outdoor time in my life. The times of sitting in a cubicle watching a computer monitor are pretty much done. I am totally fed up with it and I’m throwing that lifestyle out of the window. And since I will be having so much time in the near future, I am going to use it to hike, rather than to take normal walks. Ayup, you read that right, people. I am taking to the trails and I’m going to take a hike. I have my mind set on it and there is nothing that anybody can do to hold me back. Just try! I have been preparing for a long time now. I made a big list of hiking gear that I will need for this trekking adventure of mine. I’ve brought a tent, a sleeping bag, a sturdy set of hiking boots and a lot more stuff.

jade mountainIf anybody reading this blog is also interested in taking up hiking as a sport, then it would be a good idea to visit the Boot Bomb site and read up. It is run by a fella named Brian, and he really knows what he is talking about. This guy has been hiking from the time he was able to stand up, judging by how passionately he writes about it. You can tell just by the look of his face that this guy totally enjoys his outdoor time. I am aiming to become a guy exactly like that. There are going to be less computers and more trees in my very near future. I do, however, have to manage a little thing called plantar fasciitis. My feet are sometimes painful. I have not always been in good shape and the weight of my body has taken a toll on my feet. I have a chronically inflamed plantar fascia and this is indeed very painful. I needed to buy a good pair of boots to cure this affliction especially for the occasion. This is a condition that you do not want to see getting out of hand.

I am going to visit a trail that is located not very far from where I live. It is also one of the highest rated trails in the world. I see good reviews of it all over the web. A lot of people love it and so do I. It’s a great trail and I’ll bet I am going to love it. I won’t say where it is because I want to keep some privacy on here. The trail I am hitting starts out on low ground, but you quickly get to a point where you will to hike upwards. This is a bit of a rough trail, but it is also very scenic. It is the exact right mix of the two things I value most in life: exercise and nature. There are plenty of other such trails in this world. And one day I will visit those other trails as well. But that is for another day. I can only do one trail at a time. If you would like to try out a rocky trail such as the one I will be traversing, then you had best get a bunch of good hiking boots for your feet, which will be heavily strained. The boots are the most important part of a hike. You need lots of other equipment too, but this post is already long enough. I’m saving that info for another post!