This is a late post. Can we just all acknowledge, I don’t post regularly, okay. That way I don’t feel compelled to say it each time. Thanks.
I am a person who likes control. I like to plan what’s happening. I research. Ask for opinions. I make lists, and then more lists. I don’t like surprises. I don’t like when plans change. Planning can be good; absolutely it can. However, too much planning or being too stuck in your plan can limit experiences. Planning becomes a bad habit when it stops you from truly living or even from making the better choice. That might not make sense, seeing how planning is supposed to help you make a better decision, but that’s not always the case. You can learn more about that in Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink, that I talked about here. I am not going to go too much into it, but sometimes planning or thinking too much about a decision can lead to making a “false” or poor decision. But also, being to rigid, being opposed to change, can prevent you from having a better outcome.
Sometimes, “going with the flow” or trusting your feelings, your gut, your instincts, can result in something so much better.
Randy and I normally go away for a week every summer for vacation. This summer, we decided to take a week off, but explore areas around us. We made a plan to go to Bushkill Falls in Bushkill, PA. Anything you read about it will tell you it’s pretty amazing. One site called it the “Niagara Falls of PA.” I asked my friend, Emily, to come along with us as well.
Bushkill is about three hours away from us so, early in the morning, we set off, ready for a fun hike/walk in the woods to see some waterfalls. When we get there… it’s very crowded, with a long line to just get in. My first thought was, “this will not be an enjoyable hike.” I am not opposed to people or crowds (mostly), but hiking through the woods with a group just didn’t seem like the day I had in mind.
I declared, “I don’t want to do this. Let’s go somewhere else.” (Bushkill Falls also charges a fee to get in, so I knew I had to just decide- yes or no.) This was very unlike me to do. I normally think these things, but don’t want to speak up because I’m worried I’ll say something someone else doesn’t want to do. In this case, however, I knew I would not enjoy it at all. I trusted my feelings and made the decision. And, once I said that, I think we were all relieved.
Luckily, Randy knew we were near the Delaware Water Gap National Park. So we headed that way thinking there’s got to be something or maps for us to find something to do. Along the way, we see a sign for the Pocono’s Environmental Education Center (PEEC). We decided to see what it’s all about. Turns out, it’s pretty awesome. You should check it out, but for our part, there were a hand-full of trails with maps available for hiking (for free I might add). Looking at the maps, Emily points out that one has a waterfall, so we say…LET’S DO IT!
(photo credit: Emily at erh Photography)
It turned out to be the best hike I’ve ever been on. (I haven’t hiked much, but it was amazing) There were a few other small groups of hikers, but mostly we were alone.
It was a beautiful trail. So much green!
Interesting things to see along the way, including a super smooth tree and I always love some sunshine on moss.
We came to a lookout point that was so much more spectacular than these photos can show.
We decided to continue our adventurous-ness and climb up to the waterfall! Be a little dangerous. It can have great reward. (just also… don’t be thoughtless about it.)
This is where we stopped for lunch. Couldn’t have a better lunch stop.
Oh, Hello, little guy!! This tree was fallen and this little thing was on the side of it. I was leaning over the tree, pointing down for this.
We climbed up some crazy roots and through some fallen trees.
We trusted our gut.
We said “YES” to an adventure!
A quick decision to change plans, even though we were three hours away from home without much clue of what else to do turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. We all look forward to going back to PEEC for more hiking and learning more about their organization.
It was a first for me in many ways. My first majorly-planned hike. A first for trusting my instinct, and more importantly, a first for speaking up even though it might not be what other people want (luckily, it was anyway). Then, we made another quick decision to try out a place we’ve never heard of before, and a trail we knew nothing about.
Trust yourself. Speak up. Be a little spontaneous. Explore. Try.
You just might have a beautiful day!
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