Adventures in your own backyard Archives

Finding adventure in the present moment

Sometimes we don’t need to experience a big trip or go to some far-flung destination to find that sense of discovery and adventure. Sometimes you can even find it in your back yard.

After a day of near continual rain I was feeling stir-crazy and had to get out for a walk even though it was still showering intermittently. I picked a short route from my house; up a country lane to the next village and back along the canal.

Because I wasn’t going far I decided to take the time to be present and to really savour my walk. I smelt the rich, earthy smell of the fields after the rain, felt the rain drops cool against my skin, saw little fluffy grey cygnets on the canal and heard the drone of the aircraft flying over head from the small nearby airfield. As I walked, my senses felt full and I finished with a sense of wonder and a deep appreciation for nature.

Where can you walk to if you step out of your door right now? It might be a country park or a city street. Just stay in the present moment- if you find yourself wondering what’s for tea later or worrying about that phone call you forgot to make earlier just stop, absorb some nature and feel where you are right now. You have no worries in the present moment. Just be, and engage your senses… what can you see, hear, smell, touch, feel?

I guarantee you will come away with a sense of appreciation for your environment discovering things you never noticed.

Think You Can’t Afford an Adventurous Life?

We had long ago passed the point of enjoyment. The canal tow path had disintegrated into a slippery muddy morass which saw our feet sliding treacherously towards the murky green water with every other step. Darkness had fallen some time before and we struggled to spot firmer ground on which to plant our feet in the wobbly light cast by our head torches. We were weary, uncommunicative and depleted after hours of walking, but in the part of my mind still capable of coherent thought I was still excited about our adventure.

I have always had an adventurous streak and yearned to explore as much of the world as possible, preferably on foot. More interested in the wild and mountainous parts of the world and willing to push my body to its limits, I have been fortunate enough to enjoy some great hikes. However I have felt a sense of frustration that my lack of surplus money has excluded me from many of the trips I wanted to take. I thought that a hike only counted as a proper adventure if it took place somewhere remote and preferably unpronounceable.

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Say ‘Yes’ to Adventure!

St Marys ChurchSometimes the best adventures just hit you right out of the blue when you just open yourself up to saying ‘yes’ to them.

Take last Saturday for instance… it seemed like just a normal Saturday- I’d been cleaning up, just put a load of laundry in the machine and intended to walk into town to buy a couple of bits.

The phone rang- it was a work colleague, who had booked a ‘hard hat tour’ round a lovely listed Georgian building where we used to work and which was now being renovated. Unfortunately she was unable to make it so kindly offered me her place.

My first thought was ‘I haven’t got time’ as the tour started in 40 minutes, but then I thought, ‘why not? I can get there in time, plus it’s on my way into town’, so I said yes to her kind offer and walked into West Bridgford to join the tour.

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Follow the Tram!

tramFollowing on from my decision to look for the adventure in my back yard, I had had an idea floating around for an unusual little challenge for some time, and on a hot sunny day in April I decided to take action and have an adventure- so I fired up Google maps and scribbled out a route…

My little adventure was quite simple and possibly quite nuts. You may have heard of people challenging themselves by following the route of the London Tube lines through the capital’s streets… well I found this quite inspiring, but given that it is quite time consuming, not to mention costly, to get to London I decided to see if there was a similar challenge I could do right here in Nottingham instead. Sadly Nottingham lacks an Underground, but it does have one other interesting transport system.


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