There is one thing that brings me refreshment, makes me feel alive like nothing else! Adventure!! with at least 1 likeminded person.
For those looking in from the outside and would like to understand where I am coming from, here’s a definition.
Adventure: It Involves excitment, a certain level of danger, a physical challenge, risk, things not going as planned, spontaneous, The outcome is not necessarily certain.
A snapshot of what this looks like:
Longs Peak 14, 259ft: Deciding to Hike last minute, so I stayed up all day already and all night and we left at 2am to start our hike.We hiked the first 6miles in the dark arriving at the keyhole for sunrise. GORGEOUS! We planned to summit but the snow was too deep for the final 1.5miles, so we sat in the notch and ate breakfast.
Coming down from the notch, after sunrise and breakfast (I’m the 3rd one):
Back in the Boulder field, heading down
Jumping Cascade: Its freezing cold- always, the water is sometimes faster moving than others, the jumps are small but the beauty, the slight risk, the challenge- mostly because of the COLD water. Its always fun and refreshing.
Hiking in a blizzard: Summiting a peak that drops off on all sides. A blizzard moves in quickly and you become disoriented.Trying to figure out how to get off the summit is a blast! One direction you go, cliffs out, another direction, cliffs out. Eventually you figure it out, you are soaked from the heavy wet snow, and so alive!
Spontaneous night sledding:You free, right now? Yes? Lets go! 17 degrees, not the proper clothing, sledded above durango town lights with a headlamp. The icey snow blasting our faces as we flew down the mountain on our tobbogan
Spontaneous Road trip to California to learn to surf: Packed up the car, and left after work. 12hrs later arrived in San Clemente
Gator Surfing, we also rented real surfboards and attempted it…gator was way more fun
Wave Jumping @ sunset:
Skayaking: Being pulled behind the car, in a kayak on the snow. Attemping to dump the person or people out. 25-30mph never felt so fast in my life lol
Spontaneous carthweels: Pull the car over!!! two people jump out and frolick, and carthwheel (I’m the one whose legs are not straight)
Night Kayaking the Animas: Whatcha doin? Grabs both kayaks and heads to the put in off 32nd street. Seeing a family of racoons washing dinner in the river, me: slamminng into rocks in the river and almost flipping over multiple times.carrying the kayaks back, via the train tracks.
These are just a few of the ways I’ve found that refresh me, make me come alive! Adventure is fully embracing with joy and excitment things gone wrong, things unexpected. A trip fully planned out and executed flawlessly is not adventure. If its fully planned to have no risk, no spontenaity, no danger, therefore no excitment.. its just a trip, even if its in the woods and the backcountry.
What makes a great Adventure Buddy:
1.Already has the same passion for adventure as you do and is living it, even when you are not around. It’s part of their DNA too. They get just as excited and pumped for things unexpected, gone wrong,detours, rediculous things that just happen etc and laugh about it.
2. Someone who is the same fitness level as you. Somomeone you do not have to worry about if they can make it or if they can handle it. Someone who can push on to explore that other mountain over there… just because you spotted it on your way to the original mountain
3. Up for absolutely anything. Easy going,goes along with whatever. Jumping in a cold body of water, doing random cartwheels or snowangels along the way, up for grabbing pizza at a snazzy spot because all your gear and bodies are drenched from days backpacking in a storm. They are up for exploring the lake that may or may not be miles beyond what you intended to go, etc.
4. Someone who can have deep meaningful conversation with,someone who asks great questions,and enjoys answering too,but also is ok with silence. Someone who can be silly and joke around, is laughable, jolly, likes to sing sometimes or dance a little even. Sometimes I just want to soak in the beauty around me, the sounds…so a buddy who doesn’t always have to be talking.
Thankful for the people God has given me who are this! In particular this summer I got to be on a girls trip where the other 3 gals were exactly this! Favorite girls trip of my life.
Do not get me wrong. I enjoy being outdoors even if its not what I would consider an adventure. It just don’t breathe life into me like true Adventure does.