BENEFITING: New York Cares
EVENT DATE: Dec 15, 2012
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single ... thirty-something mile hike.
I work in the healthcare(ish) industry - a number of my company's customers are located on the east coast, and last Monday I heard stories and saw some pictures of what some of those hospitals went through and the lengths to which those health care providers - technologists, nurses, doctors, EMTs, and more - went to in order to keep their patients safe and do what was best for them. It reminded me why I do what I do at work: to help our customers help their patients as best they can, as best I can. And it reminded me that while I might have problems, and those are allowed to be real, on the whole I'm really a very fortunate person.
So here's the deal. I am going to combine everything that is best in life: sunshine, exercise, fresh air, and helping people. (There's probably going to be some chocolate involved, too.) On December 15, I'm going to one of my favorite places in the world, Devil's Lake State Park, and on that day I am going to hike every damn one of the trails there*. What with doubling back to cover all the routes and retrace dead-end paths, I estimate that's something on the order of 35 miles. And if you can, I'd appreciate it if you'd donate what you can: a dollar. Five dollars. A dollar for every mile I go. Whatever you want to spare. It's going to New York Cares, but if that's not your thing, close this page and go kick a few bucks over to Hope for Haiti, Habitat, or the Humane Society if you can. There's a lot of places five or ten bucks would do some good.
So, okay. The joy is in the journey. Here I go.
Q. You're going to die.
A. That is not a question, and I am in possession of a headlamp and some excellent flashlights.
Q. It's December in Wisconsin - won't you be cold?
A. I have strategically stopped shaving my legs for this exact purpose. Take that, winter!
Q. What happens if the trails get icy or snowy?
A. Okay, a caveat: I want to do something stupid and wonderful, not something suicidal. This is Wisconsin, and if the weather is inclement, some of the trails won't be safe to hike (I'm looking at you, Balanced Rock). If that happens, I'll cross country ski and/or snowshoe the passable trails to rack up the same distance.