Close your eyes. Ok wait. Read the following question first:
What is an adventure?
Now feel free to close your eyes and visualize whatever it is that comes to mind when you think about adventure.
The word adventure entices various thoughts for various people. The reality is that adventure has an infinite scope. There is no real answer or definition for for this alluring concept.
On October 5th, 2016, We characterized adventure as "a temporary break from the norm". In the midst of midterms we took a timeout. Fourteen of us ( 12 AdventureU club members joined by two Adventure Guide Diploma alumni) , embarked on a micro-adventure to Battle Bluffs.
Micro-adventures are a relatively new idea developed by the global adventurer Alastair Humphrys. He describes it as an outdoor experience that is short, simple, local, cheap – yet still fun, exciting, challenging, refreshing and rewarding.
Our micro-adventure consisted of a sunset hike and bonfire. We met at the Thompson Rivers University (TRU) gear bay around 4:00pm. For those of you who don't know the spot, the gear bay is a white garage attached to the side of TRU's Old Main building. It backs into a staff parking lot.
Not even hours later we were immersed in the cool, dry forested canyons of Lac du Bois Grasslands, far from garage doors and parking lots. We began the hike up to the cliffs of Battle Bluffs as the sun started to set. At the top, our view of the Kamloops lake was hugged by a fiery red sky. Once there, we enjoyed hot dogs, some other classic camping foods, and some not-so-classic foods (sweet potatoes and apples). All cooked over a fire. The adventure continued on our night hike back. We took many breaks to star gaze (mostly to procrastinate going home). The drive home was an easy 40 minutes. We returned feeling fresh and ready to take on the rest of our week.
As outlined by Alastair, our outing met all the following criteria for a micro-adventure:
Exploring with friends, fun.
Hiking back to the vehicles under a blanket of stars, exciting.
Carrying and then eating more hotdogs, fire roasted sweet potatoes, and s'mores than we could fit in our stomachs, challenging.
Spending an evening outside away from classes and work, refreshing.
Capturing this moment...
Amongst the many things that adventure can be, simple is one of the best. So chellenge yourself to find adventure in each day. Get out there and have a micro-adventure of your own! Or tag along with TRU AdventureU club on one of our upcoming trips!
Thanks for reading,
The following are a few bonus photo's from the sunset hike and bonfire: