Adventure does not necessarily need to include a plane ride, or even a car ride. Adventure can certainly be found in your backyard…of course my perspective is a rural one. But, urban landscapes & places have plenty to offer as well!
My greatest adventures growing up included tagging along on pack trips into the Bob Marshall Wilderness. My dad worked for (& still works for) a ranch. Folks pay a good chunk of money to ride horseback into the wilderness. A string of mules come along to carry all the gear & everyone’s belongings.
I usually got the “leftover” horse & was lucky enough to tag along (as long as I helped with some simple camp chores like dish washing). These trips into the backcountry ignited my love of wilderness areas, horses, camping, & just being outdoors. A few years ago, I was able to tag along again. This time, there were no guests. My dad & I were sitting in hunting camp (between trips/so the camp doesn’t have to be taken down & put up again). We saw one other person in about 8 days. We chopped wood & made food & I read The Kite Runner out-loud. It was a special trip.
When I am on top of a mountain, I feel like a seven year old kid. Like, everything is thrilling! Life is grand. That adventure high is one of my favorites.
More local adventures to come…I have the privilege of living in a gorgeous state. A place where you can get away & yell wildly & nobody will hear you. Wide open spaces scare some people. But, folks from MT generally thrive on wide open spaces. (I don’t like country music much, but this makes me start singing Dixie Chicks lyrics).
So…I have also had the grand privilege of traveling around the US & overseas. A brief summary.
My mom & I went to Ireland for 2 weeks when I was in the 8th grade. Luckily, I had the most wonderful school principal who agreed to let me miss two weeks because, “What is Sarah going to remember? 2 weeks in Ireland or 2 weeks in the 8th grade?” We stayed in youth hostels, which included a horror-movie dorm style lodge in the woods. (We were the only “guests” & I made my mom walk with me down the hall to the bathroom). Seriously, the place was terrifying. We also stayed in one hotel. Unfortunately our room was directly above a boisterous party of Irish golfers yelling the lyrics to “American Pie.” We also narrowly missed being hit by a Guinness truck. My favorite Ireland story to come later…
Also, long-story short…Boarding school was way too expensive (although I did get accepted…I’m really glad that didn’t work out). But I was bound & determined to leave high school…I was in exchange student in Thailand for 10 1/2 months. I was sixteen. I also got my first tattoo there (that story later). My “family” in Thailand really is family & I have been back twice since to visit & explore. I love Thailand. Not as much as Montana, but pretty close.
I also spent 6 months living & working in Ghana, West Africa. My “medical/nursing internship” there taught me an incredible amount. I also learned plenty about racism (& I’m not talking “reverse-racism”). Sharing my experiences (adventures!) in Ghana is a sensitive topic, because I never want to portray myself or my stories as “white savior.” Because that shit is, well, shit. Check out http://africafornorway.no if you want to know how I feel about that…) Ryan & I spent 2 weeks in Ghana (years later) to visit my Ghanaian family & friends. We had some truly hilarious adventures & mishaps there.
Traveling costs money. Adventure does not.
But, if you are interested in traveling on a budget, check out my friend Jamie’s blog http://twoheartsonbeard.com. And, yeah. No matter how many mishaps had during travel, I can’t complain much. My job (nursing, in case you haven’t gathered) allows me a living wage. We live pretty simply (yeah, similarly to when I was in college), but we are able to travel. Not everybody is allowed to do this. In fact, many people NEVER, ever get to travel. Always good to keep in mind if you are able to travel. You know?
So, adventures. Whether we are exploring wilderness areas, other places, or simply walking outside…we are welcome & open to random adventures!
Adventure is out there! (And I want it).