“The word adventure has gotten overused. For me, when everything goes wrong – that’s when adventure starts”
-Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia
We wouldn’t find this out until much later in the day, but the route we took was actually not the true trail. Looking back, we must have taken a game trail or one of the many off-trail routes through the brush. I don’t remember at what point we finally realized that we were truly lost, but I do remember not feeling scared or panicked. (Oh, the naivety of youth.) I think our first thoughts must have been that we were both going to be in a lot of trouble! We discussed staying put; surely someone would come looking for us. We also considered backtracking, but because we didn’t know where we were, we decided against it. Just then, I remembered I had a map of the park in my back pocket! Cue the theme from Indiana Jones! Maybe it was something I learned in scouting or maybe it was just common sense. Regardless, I remember looking at the map and then at our surroundings. Fortunately for us, the park plays host to a huge monadnock that rises 1,825 ft. above sea level.
Photo courtesy of Enchanted Rock State ParkNow I know you high-country folk will scoff at the measly 1800 ft. of elevation, but in Texas that’s one heck of a landmark! Using terrain association and that map as our navigational aid, we eventually found our way back to the main trail and then on to the main parking lot. As we rounded that last turn, we saw our group coming from the opposite direction. With mixed emotions, we ran to meet them. Our friends excitedly wanted to know where we had been and what had happened. Our teachers were a little less forgiving. They were obviously relieved to find us uninjured and okay, but quick to dole out punishment befitting our little adventure. It didn’t matter. We had found ourselves at the mercy of the outdoors and bested it with only our adventurous wit and resolve! A little melodramatic? I know… but that’s exactly how we felt!
“The world is big, and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.” ~ John MuirAll these years later, and remarkably I still feel that same way every time I get the opportunity to do something outdoors. Whether it be camping or hiking, fishing, biking or any other outdoor activity; I’m just a wide-eyed kid who still gets excited about exploring new places and doing new things. You know that saying, “if I only knew then what I know now.” If I had the opportunity to talk to my young self, I would say, “Trust your compass. Trust your dream. Stay focused and follow after it with all you’ve got, regardless of what others may think or say!” There would be one caveat to this advice. And hopefully if you only remember one thing from reading this blog, it would be this..
If you have a dream, you must pursue it. It will not come to you. The inspiration may be given to you or possibly a portion of the plan to fulfill that dream, but nothing will happen until you move!
Let me encourage you to take that first step towards making your dream a reality. Don’t wait. Don’t put it off. Don’t make excuses. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” Thanks for taking the time to read the blog! Keep chasing that next adventure and remember… “Life’s an adventure so don’t just survive it, live it!” Photo by Krivec Ales on <a href=”https://www.pexels.com/photo/active-activity-adventure-backpack-547116/” rel=”nofollow”>Pexels.com</a>