I think it was on one of our winter camping trips to Peaked Mountain that we adopted the phrase “It’s the journey, not the destination” to characterize our approach to winter camping. Peaked Mountain offers unparalleled views of the Adirondacks. We had made day trips up Peaked Mountain in the past. This time we had a party of six and we started a little later than usual. Our plan was to snowshoe part way, drop our packs at a suitable camping location and then procedure up Peaked Mountain. We saw numerous coyote tracks on our trip in. We never made it to the summit of Peaked Mountain, but had a great time socializing. After wards we expressed the notion that the actual trip was perhaps more fun than if we had reached our destination on Peaked Mountain.
We draw a distinction between winter peak bagging and winter camping. The act of winter camping is the goal of our trips, not miles covered or summits climbed. The outing is an end to itself. The act of participation is a declaration of success. This philosophy prompted a search for a similar expressions.
There is no going forward or back only the presence of where you are at the moment.
The obstacle is the path.
If you aim for it, you are turning away from it.
The journey is the reward.
Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.
Do It For The Joy.
The French call it joie de vivre – the joy of living.
The Italians express it as nienta sense gioia – nothing without joy.
To the Greeks, it’s kefi – the spirit of joy, passion, enthusiasm, high spirits.
It’s not whether you make it to the top, it’s whether you grow that determines if it was a successful trip. Eric Simonson