I will never forget that hike! I loved being a boy scout when I was young. I didn’t know it when this picture was taken but the next three days were going to wear me out! Off I went to carry that pack along the trail with about 30 other scouts, 4 troop masters, and a handful of volunteer parents.

Although the hiking was grueling, I had a blast. I loved setting up camp, helping with chores, sleeping in a tent, and getting up early for breakfast. It set the stage for me to be a lifelong hiker and camper. My father helped put that in motion, too. He loved to camp. All of these experiences gave me a deep appreciation for spending time in nature.

In scouting, I learned to be prepared. In 1907, Baden-Powell, an English soldier, created the Scout motto: Be Prepared. He published it in Scouting for Boys two years before the Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1910. I took the motto seriously, and it has resulted in so many positive experiences in the wilderness. To this day I take great joy in making my camping list two weeks in advance, pulling out my gear and sorting it for the trip ahead. This last week I began that process once again.

I get off the grid and into the woods at least annually. Next week, Aug 31, there will be no Monday Morning Mojo because I will be in the Adirondacks with my trusty companion, Sita, my German shepherd. The two of us will be leaving society behind for a short foray of 5 days and 4 nights. It’s time for me to recharge. I plan to read, reflect, write in my journal, hike, meditate, and busy myself with chores like setting up camp, gathering firewood, and cooking. Frankly, it’s all meditation when I camp without other people.

What might you do that recharges your battery in the week ahead?

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”
– John Muir