A couple weeks ago, Tyler and I were making the long drive home from Boise, ID to Logan, UT. Tyler says that this four hour stretch of road is “the worst drive ever.”
“Nothing changes,” he said. “We go over a hill, and then it’s like we’re still in the same place.”
So, because he had to drive this horribly dull road, I let him listen to whatever he wanted. So he could stay awake.
We listened to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on audio book for a while, but eventually he needed a change. Tyler is big into podcasts, so that’s what we listened to next. At the time, he was in the middle of a series called “The Art of Manliness,” which, I’ll admit, wasn’t high on my list of what I wanted.
However, the particular episode we listened to on that long, monotonous drive was titled “Microadventures,” and I was intrigued through the whole thing.
The idea of microadventures is to find a small kind of adventure near you that you can take a weekend or a day or even an evening to “get away.” Things like hikes or one-night camping trips or exploring your city.
I loved it. I frequently suffer from the travel bug but, considering I’m working and going to school and nearly always busy (and poor), I can’t indulge it by flying to Europe or taking a cross-country road trip.I can, however, take a few hours to explore the world immediately around me. It may not be super exotic , but it helps to soothe my vagabond fantasies.
Another important aspect of microadventures is the removal of yourself from technology. How can you expect to take a vacation, however small, if you remain attached to your email or Facebook ? In a world where we are in constant contact with internet and distracted by Netflix and Twitter and apps on our phones, it is important to totally break from that, and microadventures allow for the perfect opportunity.
So go out! Find an adventure near you. It doesn’t have to be elaborate.
For a list of microadventures in Cache Valley, click here.
For a list of microadventures to do with your significant other, click here.
Other microadventures, click here.