I have hiked the long trails of America using the moniker “Why Not?!” Here is the genesis of that name….
In November 2007 I read one more book about someone else’s adventure. This time it was “Rowing to Latitude” by Jill Fredston. She lived in Alaska and explored that state and more in a kayak converted to a rowing shell. As I was reading, the conversation in my head went something like this……
“This is my life. Why don’t I get to live it? Why someone else? Why not me?”
“If that is your life, what is stopping you?”
“Well, first, owning my own dental practice. I can’t take off more than 1 or 2 weeks at a time.”
“Then get rid of it!”
And with that I saw a path to freedom, adventure and the life I wanted.
I was a dentist for 27 years and had my own practice for most of that time. I liked it and was good at it. I had great patients and many had become friends. I had the best staff ever which made my life so much better and easier. I found a wonderful dentist to take over and on January 1, 2009, I was done.
A little less than four months later I set off to hike the entire 2650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. This one hundred and fifty nine day experience was the best adventure of my life. I met so many incredible people, was the recipient of so much generosity and goodness, and witnessed some amazing scenery, plus I had time to just think.
I’ve continued to hike since then and have loved almost every minute of it. Meeting the physical and mental challenges has been good for body and soul. It has brought me a joy and peace that is hard to explain. Why Not?!