Thursday, January 1, 2015

Why We Seek Adventure

We're fascinated by this empowering curiosity to get out and discover unknown parts of our ginormous backyard that is planet earth. 

While many upon many areas are already mapped out, photographed and set-foot on; there still remains endless lands for you to claim to fame and set eyes on for the very first time. You just have to find them, plan and get out.

Maybe it's the nostalgia of pouring through guide books and scanning trail maps, swiping through #hashtagged nature and landscape photos on Instagram or  mousing over and zooming in on Google Earth while sipping from a mug of hot, homemade coffee. Maybe it's the excitement of loading up your kayak on top of your car or trying out a newly-bought cold-weather sleeping bag in your apartment the night before your endeavor the following day. Maybe it's the thrill of depositing a paycheck after a strenuous week at work and buying items off your outdoor gear wish list as soon as you get home.

Perhaps it's that craving for wanderlust after seeing the sunrise out your tent's zip-down door or mastering a climbing route on a difficult slab. Perhaps it's the sudden combination of nervousness and excitement when you step off the trail and forge a new path to a spot that catches your eye. Perhaps it's feeling the strong wind blow against your face as you precariously approach a steep rocky cliff, anxious to see what hides below.

It might be a way to relieve yourself, clear your mind from everyday stresses. It might be that one chance you have to set yourself free. It might be an opportunity of solitude to experience the true power of reconnecting yourself with nature.

Whatever that reason is, we seek adventure for a good outcome. Don't be afraid, don't hesitate and don't make excuses. It's not hard to do, it's not expensive and it's not constricting. Just get outside into the wild, explore new places and seek adventure this New Year. You won't regret it.