It’s the Journey, Not the Destination

Hope happens when someone sees something, decides that it is desirable, realizes that they may not get it, but believes that there is still a chance of getting it.  Hope is expectation moderated by probabilistic estimation of a desired event.  Robert Louis Stevenson said ‘It is better to travel hopefully than arrive’ (Virginibus Puerisque, 1881).  Stevenson was expressing the same idea as the earlier Taoist saying – “The journey is the reward” indicating how hope can be pleasant in itself.


The credo ‘It’s the Journey, Not the Destination‘ was really founded and formally expressed during a trip to Peaked Mountain. The Peaked Mountain trail to the pond is an easy 2.5 miles and leads through a pretty mixed hardware and coniferous forest. The summit of Peaked Mountain is at 2,919 feet and the last third of a mile is rough climbing to ascend the last 600 feet. This last part of the ascent can be slippery depending upon snow & ice conditions.  The views from the summit include Peaked Mountain Pond and Big and Little Thirteenth Lakes.  There are also views of the Adirondack High Peaks to the north.   A more complete trail description is available from the ADK trails guide.

A few years later we decided to follow it up with an overnight camping trip. Unfortunately we got a late start and did not reach the ascent. Here the group eyes the destination.


It was at this point that we started to focus on the winter camping experience and less on the accomplishment.

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