We recorded this episode on February 6th and the coronavirus was still just a blip in the United States. As I was listening to the final edit about halfway through the episode (around the 21-minute mark) I realized how apropos this message is in light of the current situation we all find ourselves amidst this global pandemic.
In this week’s episode, I unpack my experience on two outdoor backpacking trips I went on last year with the Tadpole Foundation. To help organize my thoughts I used my sister-in-law’s letter she wrote to me, and the rest of the group, for one of these trips. You can read the letter she sent in its entirety in this post.
Sit back, grab a cup of coffee and take a few minutes to listen to this week as I talk about why some of these adventure/outdoor experiences can be therapeutic, realizing how much excess baggage I have been carrying in my life, and how jumping into the ice-cold Yellowstone River really caused me to examine my identity and true self.
As I wrap up this week’s episode I recall a time back in Afghanistan when some soldiers setup a “Starbucks” on the airfield at Bagram Airbase. In the episode I said this was 2002, but after reflecting more I think the date was sometime in 2004. Notice hands in pocket, sunglasses on head and coffee in hand. These are all signs of a warrant officer!