8:41 a.m., the apartment.
Today is our last day in these accommodations. Kind of sad, but I think of it more as just moving on to the next adventure. I’m hoping you guys had fun reading my travel blog, since now we’re going to my grandmother’s, and I probably won’t write much more of the travel log when I get there, unless it’s really important.
I hope you guys have had fun reading this, and I didn’t burn anything down, no one got abductied by aliens, the world didn’t end, and nothing horrible happened. I’d call that a success!
So, my friends, I don’t have much to say here, except here’s to the next adventure!
We’ll be casting off at 4:00 (hopefully), off to our next voyage of discovery.
So I’ll leave you now, with a few last words:
“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” – T.S Eliot
Of course, that just reminded me of that song from Moana, even though that is a good adventuring song……
Let’s try this again.
“Until you step into the unknown, you don’t know what you’re made of.” ― Roy T. Bennett
Better. One more, I think.
“Don’t die without embracing the daring adventure your life was meant to be.” – Steve Pavlina
That should do it. Just because we’re stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t have an adventure. Adventure is not a thing you do, it’s a way you live your life. If you find the adventure in every little moment, you’ll never be bored.
Some ideas for a pandemic-times adventure regime:
Look at all the parks and green spaces in your community. Then plan a route through them all, starting from your front door.
Mount Everest is 29,029 feet above sea level. Challenge yourself to climb up as many things as you can to reach that height in one month. This is called “Everesting”. Then challenge yourself to do it in one week. You’ll see places you’ve never been before, guaranteed.
Sleep in a hammock for a night. Preferably outside, but this isn’t required as long as you can hang it up. Then try and get to sleeping for seven whole nights in a hammock…..
Walk, bike or run every street in your community. This one I can’t really do, since I live in the middle of nowhere, but still.
Pick your favorite bus or train route and run or bike to its finish. Great exercise, and you get to see some of your favorite paths with new eyes.
Build a treehouse. It’s not as hard as it sounds. Just make sure the tree is big enough to support it, and you’re good to go. Nothing says adventure quite like a house in a tree.
Cook in cast iron. Think of it as practice for a future camping trip. Plus, it’s kind of fun.
You could even try fly fishing, if you like that sort of thing.
Practice basic navigation with a compass and old fashioned paper map.
Find a map of your area and figure out the seven highest points. Then go on a Seven Summits of Your World tour.
Try planting a garden, even if it’s in a flower pot. You can get your hands dirty, and you get pretty plants.
Go on a walk in your nearby park under a full moon. (Bring back up lights, just in case.) Just watch out for werewolves.
Take a river shower. Go jump in a cool- to- cold river for about thirty seconds and then come right back out. It has health benefits, you can look it up. Please wear a swimsuit of some kind.
Try bird watching. It’s more interesting than it sounds.
Try to bivouac (Sleep outside in one of those strange looking contraptions) for a week.
It should be really cool to try all of these. I can’t think of a better situation to have an adventure. You can go and do these things safely, you can get outside and have some fun and exercise, but it’s still really not very far from your house. There are a million more things to try if you’re interested.
I have to go for now, but I’ll be back, with more adventures to report.
Yours in the spirit of discovery,
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Those are great suggestions Grace! Prior to the pandemic your aunt (that’s me) completed my 47,000 elevation challenge in 47 days…so “everesting” is possible…and even more elevation can be gained with planning and commitment. I hiked and biked all those 47,000 feet and learned a lot about myself each step/pedal of the way.