We’ve been talking a lot about goals and planning – all good topics for January, but I know some of you are probably itching for me to get back on the road so I can have run-ins with aggressive cacti and get lost on spectacular trails. Bear with me. Next week I head for Arizona and know I’ll have more beautiful sights – and mishaps, since I’m the Mishap Queen – to report on.
Meanwhile, goals. Aside from a desire to slim down both my midriff and unread book pile, my Big Audacious Goal is to see every one of the 394 National Park areas. And unless I start doing a lot of meth, it’s going to take a while. I’m guessing three years.
Which seems overwhelming. 394 parks in three years! Sane people would take on that goal over a lifetime. But, as we’ve established, I am not a sane person. My mother has repeatedly denied she ever dropped me on the head as a child, but she lied about that whole Santa Claus thing, so I’m not sure I trust her.
I’d been to about 35 of the National Parks before I bought Sadie, but my plan is to revisit all of them (except the ones I’ve already talked about here, here, here, here, and here) and share my scampabouts with you.
It’ll be the usual Gone Scamping shenanigans, but better. Same small-town quirk, but new and improved, with monuments and rivers and battlefields! And maybe, just maybe, I’ll get pulled over by another highway patrolman!
A girl can dream.
I’d also like to use this forum to raise funds for the National Park Foundation, though I’m still working out the details. (It may be as simple as putting a “donate here” button on the blog, but I’ll keep you posted.) Having fun and doing good are an irresistible combo, and I’m committed to both. I like to have a big challenge ahead – life without one seems uninspired.
Anyone else have a Big Audacious Goal they’re working toward?