This page, much like the site, will probably always be a work in progress. The only constant in life is change and that is a tide I don’t try to fight. For now it seems right to at least lay out some thoughts on what I’m trying to do here and maybe a little bit about who I am.
“Less traveled by” is of course from the Robert Frost poem The Road Not Taken and whether you know it by heart or have never heard of it I hope you’ll end your visit to this page by taking a moment to read it below. Whenever possible I walk the actual paths he wrote of. I know the joy of the path taken and the regret at those passed by for want of time or in favor of another. Frost shared his passion for the Maine Woods in his work and while I haven’t his abilities I would like to share my passion for the outdoors on this site.
There are many folks writing about the subjects of hiking, backpacking and outdoor activities; some of them extremely knowledgeable world adventurers and others poseurs giving bad ideas to unsuspecting novices. Their sites and books are filled with tips on how to do everything from setting up a tarp to digging latrines. I’m not really looking to create another one of those sites.
Instead I’d like to focus less on the how and more on the why. I’d rather you come away inspired to get out on your own adventures, but I might include some details on the techniques I use and thought processes behind them. Part of the adventure is the anticipation that comes with preparation and a little thought before heading out can make a huge difference when it comes to enjoying yourself.
Take anything you read with a grain of salt. I don’t claim to be any sort of an expert and unlike most people you meet on the Internet I have actually been known to be wrong sometimes. I only know what works for me and what doesn’t, but we each have to find what works best for ourselves. If you feel the need to agreeably disagree with something I say feel free to comment. If you feel the need to disagreeably disagree do so privately please. It will save me time deleting comments as I have little patience for bad manners.
Again, thank you for reading this far, but take a moment before you go and read The Road Not Taken below. Maybe take a moment and think about the paths you’ve taken and the ones you haven’t. Then maybe think about finding some old ones or new ones, but finding a path and traveling it and if it can be the one less traveled by so much the better!
The Road Not Taken
Robert Frost (1874–1963). Mountain Interval. 1920.
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth:
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.