I’ve been in Switzerland for the last few weeks, and just returned during the weekend. I had a the pleasure to guide a private group of absolutely delightful individuals through the region of the Secret Swiss Valleys. Following my reentry though, I’m feeling a bit reflective. I don’t mean to say that light readily bounces from my skin, but rather that I’m enjoying the memories that bubble forth following a period of quiet, contemplative reflection. I call it my post-adventure blues, since I tend to feel a bit out of sorts each time I reenter civilization. I start looking at old photos, reading old journal entries, and generally reminiscing about the past adventure. On the one hand, I’m happy to be home. On the other, I can’t help but remember how relaxing life can be out on the trail.
Hiking the alps doesn’t exactly qualify as a remote wilderness experience detached from civilization. In fact, the experience often proves quite the contrary. The lifestyle is still different though, and only a person who spends quality time on the trail can truly understand it. Get up with the sun. Eat. Hike. Sleep. Do it again. The life feels blissfully carefree and uncomplicated. Alas, that’s why we call it vacation, so that we can vacate the frenetic framework that we erected for ourselves, and reconnect with a much simpler existence. I’m happy to admit that some of us found a way, though meager at times, to earn a living from it.
If I’ve learned anything during the past few decades of wandering this planet, it’s that life lessons learned on the trail apply at base camp too. Just zip up, secure the loose ends and proceed with confidence. You’ll get through it, just like I’ll get through my bout of post-adventure blues. Keep moving forward.
In the effort of moving forward, I’d like to make a few announcements.
First, thank you to everyone who joined us this season. We still have a few people on the trail until the end of October. The season is by no means over, but the end is in sight.
Second, next season marks Ryder-Walker’s 25th anniversary. We have a number of celebratory events in store so please stay tuned. Don’t forget to check out the new 2009 schedule. We’ll publish the new prices shortly.
Finally, we’re looking for great photos for the new 2009 catalog, so please send us all you’ve got. This is your chance to star in the new Ryder-Walker catalog.
As always, please contact us if you have any questions or comments. We’d love to hear from you.