|Still walking forward.|
Three months ago, I laid out my plans for the coming year (most of it, at least), and all the uncertainty that would come with it. Of course, I didn’t include all of my plans in that post. Guthook’s Hiking Guides was still in the top-secret development phase then, but it was a big part of my plans. Some of those plans have changed, some are more concrete, and there are some new ones. Let’s see where I stand now.
The warm winter didn’t do good things for the outdoor recreation economy, so my seasonal job stayed seasonal rather than continuing further. As nice as long-term employment would have been, this is probably a good thing in the long run. If it had continued, I would have less time to work on my Guide Apps, and I would have had to choose between that job and the summer at NOLS. Sometimes it’s nice to have decisions made for you.
From now until the beginning of May I’ll be working like crazy on Guthook’s Guides in order to finish the Pacific Crest Trail apps before through-hikers hit the trail, as well as apps for the Camden Hills of Maine, and Monadnock in southern New Hampshire. Then, in May, Yvonne has convinced me to go on a big trip with her. She’s been trying for years to get me to go to Hong Kong with her, since she goes every year to visit extended family. We’ll be apart for a good part of the summer because of NOLS, and her mom found us incredibly cheap plane tickets, so… Looks like I’ll be getting on a plane for the first time in two years, and leaving the continent for the first time since 2004.
To add to the insanity, we get back to Boston two days before I fly to Wyoming for NOLS. I’d better get used to being in the air again.
The NOLS Instructor Course goes through the entire month of June, during which time I’ll be completely unplugged from the world. After the Instructor Course, I’ll hopefully teach a course for NOLS, and then head home to New England, do some hiking, make a few more Guide Apps, and then…
That’s all, really. Hopefully I won’t be completely broke at the end of the summer, and I’ll be able to spend some time hiking in New England. So many variables that I can’t predict right now– will I want to and be able to teach NOLS courses after the Instructor Course? Will the Guide Apps be popular enough to give me a small money cushion when I’m between seasonal jobs? Will I have other responsibilities when I get back to New England?
For all the nail-biting and wondering I’m doing about the future, it certainly looks exciting. I’ll let you know how it goes.