I've been reminded lately regarding the power of the mind. Controlling the way you think will effect the way you view things. It will also determine your expectations, followed by outcomes, and thus memories. Circumstances can't always be controlled, but the experience you have is always a choice you make. This weekend's camping adventure didn't go as planned, with several factors to potentially complain about, but also many to be grateful for. Its important to not let the setbacks bring you down in the moment, but later as well. So here's a quick glass half full/empty breakdown:
Half empty- Stumbled across a boulder field for over an hour in the dark not knowing where we were going. Setup our tent on a rock therefore unable to stake it down. Had tornado like winds (again no stakes so tent blew like crazy) all night which resulted in approximately 1 hour of sleep. Violet lost one of her favorite earings. Jetboil can ran out of fuel despite the gauge reading 43% when tested beforehand, wasting our bacon and egg breakfast, and leaving us with only a small pack of sunflower seeds for food. High winds caused white caps on the lake, which meant no fishing. Managed to find ourselves BETWEEN mama and baby moose causing us to panic and fear for our lives.
Half full- Camped under the stars in a mostly cloudless night. Coincidentally bumped into an old friend (so crazy Becci Harrington!) also camping at the same lake, bringing much relief to our late night anxiety. Surrounded by magnificent rock faces and gorgeous lake. Beautiful sunrise and walked away with some pretty good pictures. Encountered a Mama and baby moose twice. Good exercise on a 14 mile hike (round trip) and checked off a new lake on my list.
Although I'm sure we will look back and remember this trip for many of the "negatives", since they are what made it far more memorable, it will still be considered a great adventure that we'll laugh about for a long time. As the saying goes, "A bad day in the mountains is still better than a good day at work." #type2fun