5 days and 40 miles, the first day of which was down, down, down and only down. Try the top of stadium steps that are 1 mile above the field. Now put on 60+ pounds of pack (because there is no water on the way down), and get to the field alive and before dark. Oh, and along the way there are extended lengths of trail where falling over literally means death.
That was the hardest f*cking thing I have ever done, and I tell you truly, I was scared.
While I do something like this (well, not always as dangerous) once a year or so, it speaks to a sense of adventure that is a part of me, though one that I have at times lost touch with - don't want to paint a picture of me as Mr. Constant Adventure. I do want to paint a picture of someone who likes to do stuff - seeking out live music, heading into the mountains, hunting and gathering and getting lost.
This summary is no place to dive into the bigger things that have meaning for me, but... I believe in honesty and openness and I value vulnerability. Connection is what makes us human, and without it we are dead. I alone am responsible for my happiness. Great experiences and rich relationships are bonus. I've been down the hard, hard path of learning to love and how unhealthy attachment ruins things. I know what my values are and consciously work to stay in integrity with them.
If what you read here is interesting or, even better, exciting, do reach out. I'm not keen on much online communication. Face to face is where it's at, and first dates for me are all about talking - a beer, a coffee, a walk, a park bench, a swing set... Let's go!