So there I was, the top of Mount Everest. The view was not even close to what I thought it would be. Too many clouds and lots of litter all over the place. Have you ever been on one of those vacations? You plan it for months. Every last detail is covered. Like a finely tuned machine, you advance to "Go", collect your $200 and move ahead. Only you end up on Baltic or Mediterranean. Park Place and Boardwalk are nowhere to be seen.
On the opposite end of that spectrum is the vacations you take with absolutely no planning. Kind of like a college weekend road trip. No idea where you are going or what you are doing. Just get in the car and go. Those always seem to go pretty good and involve lots of fun.
Maybe it has do to with expectations. In the first case, after all of the planning, you expect everything to go swimmingly. In the second, with no plans whatsoever, you can have no expectations, only hopes.
Life with a few less plans and expectations leads to a lot more excitement.