Reflecting on the adventurous aspects of 2008… One of the best ever for me second only to 2000 when I travelled the world for 6.5 months. This year I was so fortunate. Five foreign countries, two new mountains climbed, fourth Chicago to Mackinac sailing race, surfing, skiing… I must list all the adventures and trips I was lucky enough to participate in this past year, and be so grateful for the opportunities I was blessed with.
- Elwha Trail hike in the Olympic Mountains West of Seattle with four good buddies.
- The 100th running of the Chicago to Mackinac Sailing race, on a J120 named Valkyrie, placed well in our class, finished in around 55 hours.
- Cruised the North Channel of Lake Huron on a 38 foot Ericson sailboat owned by my parents with a highlight being Topaz lake.
- Nantucket Massachusetts for several days with my oldest friend Spencer and his family, driving on the beach, catching bluefish from the shore, enjoying old friends, meeting my namesake, Cormac Thomas Carney
- Upstate New York at my girlfriend’s grandparents’ “camp”, waterskiing, kayaking, mountain biking, swimming.
- Climbing the highest point in New York State, Mt Marcy, ticking off the 12th state high point on my quest to do all 50 of them.
- Jamaica for work, Kingston.
- Cayman Islands to visit my cousin Megan for a few days.
- Jazzfest in New Orleans for a bachelor party
- Numerous mountain biking excursions around Chicago
- Numerous sailing parties on my boat, a 28 foot Ericson christened the Imjatse after a Nepalese mountain I climbed.
- Rock climbing in Red River gorge, Kentucky
- Rock climbing at Mississppi Palisades twice
- Summiting Mt Belford, a 14,000 foot mountain in Colorado, then sleeping in a bivy sack on its flanks overnight in about 15 degrees.
- Pilgrimage to the original Chipotle in Denver
- 35 person white water rafting trip sponsored by the adventure ministry I run at church, running class III and IV rapids.
- Kayaking the Vermilion River in very high, fast water.
- Costa Rica! Staying at my friend’s resort, surfing, jungle hikes, four-wheeling.
- Talon’s Challenge at Vail, skiing thirteen black and double black runs in a single day with a reward of a free beer and a free hat.
- Skiing at Aspen with the family
- Moving my friend’s sailboat 200 miles down the intracoastal waterway from Norfolk to Beaufort NC, just my father and I.
- Two winter attempts of Mt Humphries, the tallest mountain in Arizona, each a failure, but getting closer and I lived to climb another day.
- Thanksgiving in Boston
- Ten person caving trip that I led through Buckner’s cave in Southern Indiana.
- Ski trip to Wausau Wisconsin and Granite Peak Resort.
- Raced the Cohasset Triathlon
- 40+ person sea kayaking trip led by my group
What a wonderful year, with lots of love and great relationships started, nourished, and deepened during all these adventures and trips.
I have to give a lot of credit for this year to Tim Ferriss, author of The Four Hour Workweek for his writings and inspiration to live like this – thanks much Tim and all the best to everybody in 2009. I always wanted to live like this but never knew anybody who did – I didn’t think it was really possible until I read Tim’s stuff and embarked upon the adventure. Inspirational. This year has been the best to date for my business, relationships, and adventures and experiences. I hope for an even better 2009 and hope for the same for everybody. I have to copy some of Tim’s stuff from a mentor of his here – good food for thought:
“While many are wringing their hands, I recall the 1970s when we were suffering from an oil shock causing long lines at gas stations, rationing, and 55 MPH speed limits on Federal highways, a recession, very little venture capital ($50 million per year into VC firms), and, what President Jimmy Carter (wearing a sweater while addressing the Nation on TV because he had turned down the heat in the White House) called a “malaise”. It was during those times that two kids without any real college education, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, started companies that did pretty well. Opportunities abound in bad times as well as good times. In fact, the opportunities are often greater when the conventional wisdom is that everything is going into the toilet.
Well…we’re nearing the end of another great year, and, despite what we read about the outlook for 2009, we can look forward to a New Year filled with opportunities as well as stimulating challenges.”