My Plan

Like I promised last week, I am posting my plan for what I’m going to do this month and next month.

I originally said that I was going to go out of town every weekend, but my 15 credit load is currently getting the best of me. I’ve been sticking to my homework plan, but I have more homework than I anticipated.

However, I am still going to make definite plans for exploring this semester– it’s just not going to be a weekly thing.

May 27th – 30th – Field Trip

This next weekend, I am actually going on a field trip to West Yellowstone, Teton Dam Island Park Caldera, Henry’s Lake hazards, and Hebgen Avalanche Fault Scarp.

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Island Park Caldera

It’s a field trip for my natural disasters class and so it’s a little different than what my future trips are going to be, but I figured that I should include it on my schedule.

Since it is also Memorial Day weekend, I decided with some friends to go to Yellowstone on Monday.

June 10th – 12th – Hiking in Jackson Hole

On June 11th, some friends and I are planning on going hiking in Jackson Hole. I’ve never been to Jackson Hole before, but it’s only an 1 hour and 40 minutes away.

We found this awesome website called the Outbound Collective that has detailed directions on nearby hikes and scenic locations.

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Jackson Hole

“The four mile out-and-back trail begins at the Death Canyon trailhead. You’ll start on a one mile hike on a well-maintained dirt trail through scenic views of the Tetons, which will lead you to the Phelps Lake Overlook with views of the lake as well as Jackson Hole Valley. There you will begin your one-mile descent to Phelps Lake. The entire hike gains only about 500 feet of elevation.”

June 24th – 26th – Camp on the Clarks’ Fork of the Yellowstone River

 

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Clarks’ Fork of the Yellowstone River

 

My brother and I have been talking about going camping around here and I found this location on outbound.com. There’s apparently there’s a lot of bears close by.

“Once you drop back down into Wyoming and pass the Fox Creek campground on your left, start looking for the small break in the trees on your left. There is a clearing and turn in on your right as well. You may pass it the first time, I always do!

Once you find it, turn in and you’ll see the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone right in front of you! There’s a fantastic campsite and pull in right there on your right. Great fishing, swimming, and camping await! If you walk down the trail a little, you’ll get to see a beautiful cascade waterfall.”

So that is my plan so for May through June! I’ll take a lot pictures and report on my experiences.

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Without a plan it’s just a wish

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I’ve always been a spontaneous person and enjoy living life in the moment. Taking the time to sit down and physically set plans used to bore me to tears.

However, recently I’ve learned a valuable lesson: things (usually) go better when you plan it out before. Why it’s taken me 21 years to learn that simple fact, is baffling, I know.

Albert Einstein once said: “Insanity [is] doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

I’ve realized that if I don’t give myself the time to do my homework, it probably will never happen. This new goal I talked about in my last post will never happen if I keep doing the same things over and over again.

I’m turning over a new leaf. I’m going to become a planner.

As a college student, I already have limited time. To help others who want to travel but are on a time crunch, I’m going to write what I’m going to do/plan in order to accomplish my goals and dreams.

I read an article by an author named Vanessa Van Edwards called: “The Science of Goals.” In that article she shared a study on the importance of writing down the steps that you need to take to achieve your goal.

“Researchers wanted to see if they could get more students to get their tetanus vaccinations. So they printed up two different leaflets and measured the success of each one. The first had scientific explanations on why students should get vaccinated. The second had gruesome pictures of the effects of tetanus. Neither worked.

They made one more trial. They added a map to the leaflet showing the location of the campus’ health center and its opening hours. THIS trial worked like magic. Why? The researchers added process and steps on exactly how to get the desired outcome.

I applied this point to myself – my own personal situation, and I encourage you to do the same.

How I scheduled the steps into my life:

  • I made a detailed calendar of all of my assignment due dates.
  • I made a second calendar of when I would complete all of the assignments. I organized all of my assignments in a way that would leave my weekends free to get out there and explore.
  • I made a plan for where I would go each weekend. I invited friends so that I could be more accountable.

I’ll post my plan next week and report on my first trip that I take.

In the meantime, I encourage everybody to join the movement! Get your affairs in order so that you can see something amazing this weekend.