A Summer 2010 dreamline goal: Climbing to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite

Thanks to reading Tim Ferriss' book, The Four-Hour Workweek, I've set some new personal goals and dreams for my life. One goal for this summer? I am going to do the 18-mile hike to the top of Yosemite's Half Dome by the end of this summer.

Whew.  For an admittedly over-weight 44-year-old man right now, that may seem a little wacky, but when you get down to it, it's just the sort of thing I need to strive for.   YosemiteHalfDome

Too many points in my life of late have been scattered about.  Dreams of the happily ever after I'd longed for have ended like being in a dream and suddenly waking up and not knowing what day it is. 

And in many ways, I feel like there is just about only one direction to go right now and that direction is up.  So what's one of my favorite spots on earth?  Yosemite.  What's the visual highlight of the park?  Half Dome.

I'm not even going to worry at the moment of how I get there or how I move about when I get to the park.  All those things will fall into place over the next few months.  What I need to do now is focus my physical energies on getting my body ready for the hike and then the last bit of the climb to ascend the top of that granite icon. 

A friend suggested that might be a little difficult living on the plains here in North Texas.  Maybe so, but I'm working on that, too.  For one, my EA SPORTS Active is about to get a good dose of daily use. There also is a weight room with lots of strength equipment.  My apartment complex is rolling hills so I'm walking everywhere I go in the complex and doing less driving.  I made my last gallon of sweetened tea the other day. I'm back to drinking water and skim milk only.   No soft drinks.  No alcohol. 

I did something else healthy last night.  I went to bed at 10 p.m.  Yes, even on a Friday night.  And I didn't get up until 7 a.m. and took a nap a little later in the day.  My food consumption today has been reduced and I'm eating foods that are good for me once again.

Yosemite, I'm coming for you again in a few months.  Time to make some money, get myself back in shape and then go conquer this goal. It means that much to me.  And we all know what happens when we set a goal that seems just a little out of reach.  We work like the Dickens to make it become a reality.

So there we go.  You all know what I'm up to.  The encouragement and accountability is asked for.  Prayers are welcomed as well.  I can do this.  Wanna join me in the quest?  It's not a good thing to do alone.  The more of us who do this the better.  Are you up for the challenge? 

3 Comments On “A Summer 2010 dreamline goal: Climbing to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite”

  1. Yeah for you for setting a goal and working for it! You are so right that you’ll like crazy to accomplish it – and you’ll be soooo happy you did in the end.
    when we decided to ride our bikes from Alaska to Argentina it seemed like such an impossible task. But we just took the preparation one step at a time and now we’re knocking off the countries one at a time. slowly, slowly, we’ll make it to our goal of Tierra del Fuego.
    I know you’ll reach your goal too, and we’ll all be here to cheer you on!
    Nancy
    http://www.familyonbikes.org

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  2. Nancy, I’ve told you before I admire what you guys have managed to do with your children. You’ve given them such a great geographic education that most parents can’t even begin to imagine. Not to mention what you two as a couple have accomplished, and of course, what you personally have found out about yourself.
    Dreaming outside the box is what so many of us need to do a lot more. We all need to get into the habit of asking ourselves, “And just why is it I don’t think I can do that?” When we do, we start to over come those fears and the invisible straps that seem to hold us in place.
    Congrats to you and yours. You’re really inspiring to me and to others around the globe. And thanks for the encouragement. You don’t know how much more it means to come from someone whose actually out there doing what most would say can’t be done. I’m following in your footsteps, and feeling a new me coming about in the process.

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  3. Sounds great, Donny! Go for it!

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