On our way to Long Canyon Creek ford, we missed a turn near Kitchen Creek. Getting off trail was good for me because it made me rely more on myself and on my map skills.
When I was a kid, I used to tell myself, “What’s the big deal with emphasizing map skills?” I found it to be tedious and simple. On outdoor trips, I felt looking at the map took away from the real living experience. The problem now is that I simply choose not to look at the map much because I have an arrogance about me that says I know how to read a map well if I so choose…ha!
Well, getting lost showed me that I need to be in charge of my own map and destiny. I need to be present every moment. What grabs my attention today? What will get me fully engaged and alive?