At this point, you may ask yourself why we should even attempt this. You’ll remind me that my first principle of this trip was safety and the second, respect. What I have written may sound unsafe to you and unfair to Sparkle, who will have to deal with some fears and discomforts that she has if I go through with this. These things are actually exactly the reason why I’m going as they are the very types of reasons people don’t get out of their routines and live their lives. They are so afraid of taking a risk; of things going wrong.
Let me assure you that I have spent a great deal of time thinking of the risks and the fears and how to mitigate them. While you can’t plan for every contingency, you can be prepared. While you may not be able to conquer all fears, you can quell many. While most people cannot get up off of the couch and crank out a feat of endurance on demand, they can do so with time.
What I will be doing is something anyone can do and I am doing it in hopes that you will not merely resign yourself to that which is holding you back. So, let’s begin…
My first step has been to break down the trip into three focus areas, built of a foundation of being prepared for emergencies and having the right gear to support the trip:
We have already begun work on a number of fronts including working with people, dogs, body handling, hiking, recalls, and stays. I’ll show off some of this when I cover our preparations for travel in my next post.