Lessons Learned – It’s Not The Destination

Over the years, I've come to realize there are many lessons to be learned while enjoying the great outdoors that can apply to the overall road towards a positively healthy life, and I've found a way to share that with others through discussions over some of the many photos I've taken on my own adventures. These posts are not meant to provide all the answers, but rather prompt a discussion. Please feel free to join in...


It’s not JUST about the destination, sometimes it’s about just trying.

On this particular trip, a friend and I were looking to snowshoe Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park. As the name implies, it follows a ridge that offers spectacular views of the Salish Sea and Vancouver Island to the north to the various peaks of the Olympic National Park to the south.

However, when we got there we were greeted with near white out conditions.

It was cold and windy, and we could barely tell what was snow and what was sky as we looked further up the ridge towards the peak we were trying to reach. But we did get there, and huddled among a couple of small trees to get down a quick snack before making our way back down.

More than once we questioned why were we doing this, there was no big reward once we got to the peak, and we still had miles of snowshoeing ahead of us to return. But that feeling of accomplishment with each step we took, just being out there with a friend, in this instance celebrating a milestone in his life with him, made it worth it.

Sometimes the journey itself is the destination, is it’s own reward. It’s not about where you’re going, it’s just about that journey towards better health and each step that takes you along that path.

And of course, that can lead to some unexpected rewards along the way. We were nearly back to the trailhead when the clouds started to break, and thus we were rewarded with this wonderful view of the surrounding peaks.

The point of these topics is not for just me to just share them and move on, but rather to foster some discussion on these ideas and how they apply in "your" life. We're not sitting around the same table, but we can still have a discussion. Just leave your own thoughts in the comments below, or send them to me privately if you prefer. Find the other topics using the lessons learned tag.

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