It’s The Journey, Not The Destination…

Enjoy your time in the back country.

  • Robert Louis Stevenson said ‘It is better to travel hopefully than arrive’.
  • Stevenson was expressing the same idea as a Taoist saying – “The journey is the reward” indicating how hope can be pleasant in itself.
  • Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous quip from Travels With a Donkey — “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go” embodies this spirit.
  • I’ve learned that everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it. – Anonymous

The credo; ‘It’s the journey, not the destination‘; was expressed to our winter camping group during a trip to Peaked Mountain in New York State’s Adirondack Park. The Peaked Mountain trail 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 and ice conditions.  The spectacular 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.  During one of our trips to Peaked Mountain we got a late start and did not reach the ascent, but enjoyed an excellent overnight camping trip none the less.  It was at this point that we started to focus on the winter camping experience and less on recording the accomplishment.

Some of the most enjoyable trips involved falling short of the intended destination.

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