My intention when I first set out on The Island Walk, the new long distance trail in Prince Edward Island, was that I would not only blog here daily – which I did – but that I would document it all on video to upload to my YouTube channel.
“Should I stop to video record this?” became a question I didn’t want to keep asking myself.
Three days in, however, I came to a realization. Stopping on the trail to record video, worrying about what to say, about battery back up for my devices, choosing footage, editing, and then uploading it all was completely taking away from the experience that I wanted.
I could stay in the moment snapping a quick photo. Video was much more involved.
Thinking about where I was, and fully immersing myself in the adventure wasn’t possible for me with what became the burden of recording it on video.
That said, I did record my first few days, and captured some beautiful scenery, so I decided this past week to put it together in this short 8 minute video to share.
I watch quite a few hiking videos on YouTube, following hikers who vlog all their adventures, and I enjoy documentaries about thru-hiking. I so appreciate the effort people make to share their experiences. I’ve developed even more admiration for those who can do it as they hike now that I have tried doing it myself! I do see the appeal of sharing the experience, which is why I blogged each day but, as they say, hike your own hike. Writing is more my thing for now. It’s easy for me to fall into the trap that I must do things when, in fact, I don’t. It doesn’t mean I will never do a video log of a future hike, but everything in its own time. The world will continue to spin, the sun will still rise and, if I’m lucky, I will catch that sunrise and it won’t matter if I record it or not. Another lesson for me from the trail.
More news on upcoming hikes, a writing gig, plans for “work”, and how I prepare for hikes in upcoming posts. Stay tuned and thanks for reading!