The Idea of Microadventures

I’ve posted a little bit about our focus on what I call “mini-vacations” or “mini-adventures” these days. Jon and I (like probably everyone else out there) are busy and it seems like we are just getting busier. As I write (it’s 8 pm), Jon is at work, again. He’s worked every night for a while now (since he came home from his 7 weeks in the field), plus weekends and it has almost become our new normal. Because of our schedules we’re spending less time together than ever and so our weekends away are a time I look forward to just being together.

Still, getting together for a weekend adventure once a month isn’t the life I’d planned for us, so I think it has become even more important to be aware of how we’re spending our time outside of our 9 to 5 (or 8) schedules when we’re not away. I recently came across this article from Outside Magazine on the benefits of microadventures. While the idea of a microadventure isn’t new, this article was a sharp reminder. Alistair Humphreys really states it beautifully:

Adventure is only a state of mind.
Adventure is stretching yourself; mentally, physically or culturally. It is about doing what you do not normally do, pushing yourself hard and doing it to the best of your ability.

And if that is true then adventure is all around us, at all times.

And I really should be getting more microadventures in my life. Our trip to Glenbow Ranch last weekend was an excellent example of how restorative a small adventure can be. I’d had a melt down that week, we’d fought and we just needed a chance to be together, outside, away from our other obligations. While there isn’t a single cure to our busy life and the associated stresses, those few hours worked wonders towards restoring balance.

Things are going to keep being busy, so I’m going to work more on microadventures in the next few months – more Saturday morning hikes, more after dinner walks to see the stars, more picnics in the park – so that we see our weeks as being more than just long hours at the office.


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