I love the outdoors. I love being able to completely disconnect from the rest of the digital world.
I want my kids to experience the same thing, which is why I often take them out on hikes. It is why I took my entire family on vacation to the Boundary Waters and Canoe Area in northern Minnesota. If you aren’t familiar with the BWCA, it is over 1,000,000 acres of complete wilderness. By complete wilderness I mean no roads, no electricity, no motors and no cell phone towers!!!
You paddle across a lake, then throw the canoe and your backpack onto your shoulders and portage to the next lake and repeat. As you would expect, you want to limit how much gear you bring in because someone has to carry it.
Taking a trip to the BWCA requires planning. You have to plan your meals. You have to plan your drinking water. You have to plan your shelter.
You also have to plan for potential issues. How will you protect your food from bears? What happens if the weather is bad?
However, no matter how much preparation and planning you do, there is the potential for something unforeseen happening that you didn’t plan for.
Of course, with enough time you can plan for all of these things and thoroughly prepare by bringing the appropriate gear, but your backpack would weigh hundreds of pounds.
If you plan for every potential issue, you will never succeed because you will spend all of your time planning. And even if you get to actually doing something, all of those contingencies plans will weigh you down and make for a very poor and costly experience, which fits into our latest best practice:
XenApp Best Practice #6: You can’t plan for every potential failure; focus some effort on recovery