By Randy Pierce
The holiday season is upon us–with all the joy, excitement, and yes, potential pressures of the times. I very much wanted to wish all of my family, friends, and the many fantastic supporters of 2020 Vision Quest a “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Holiday.” It is often the season of both giving and reflecting upon our many gifts, and I hope that all of us are able to appreciate the merit of both. Even with the challenges of present times, I very much believe we can choose to concentrate on achieving that which is most vital and real to us. We can choose to plan and take steps along a path to bring even more happiness, joy, and success to us all in the future.
In the coming week, Quinn and I will embark upon the first steps on our next journey. We are going to make a concerted effort to hike some of New Hampshire’s beautiful mountain trails over the winter. There is a peace and serenity about a winter wonderland which revitalizes my mind and spirit. There is a quiet calm in the winter wilderness which adds a majestic inspiration to many mountain moments. So as winter arrives officially on December 22, we will undertake our first winter hike of the 4,000 foot peaks with Mt. Tecumseh.
Winter hiking provides a different experience than hiking during the rest of the year. Snow-covered trails actually ease some aspects of my hiking. Snow fills in the crevices and covers the twisty rocks and roots that make my footing so difficult, leaving a smooth surface upon which I can tread more freely. Though the snow is low presently, the eventual pack of snow will help me very much on these trails. I’m very glad that my frequent hiking companion Bob Hayes will join us for these opportunities.
While these are not “official” 2020 Vision Quest hikes, we’ll still run the Spot Technology to allow folks to watch our progress online. We’ll still blog about the experiences on a reasonably regular basis and our social media will follow the excursions. In part, these hikes are training for the efforts which will resume next May. We are also doing this for the adventure and new experiences which this winter can offer while Quinn is in the prime of his hiking prowess, and I am poised to fully appreciate the gifts this world can offer my adventurous spirit.
My wish for all of you this holiday season and well beyond is to fully appreciate the real treasures in your world and to actively seek out the means to share and appreciate many more ahead of you. We’ll look forward to sharing our adventure with you as we go along. Thank you all for being a part of my life and our community here at 2020 Vision Quest!
Randy & the Mighty Quinn