It’s not everyday that I get to get out of the house and away from work for a few nights to spend time alone. Pretty damn rare, really. But it seems like you see all these people posting stuff on instagram and other places that have been doing this stuff for years.
Some people have been trained by special forces to survive for days on end with no resources. Others grew up with the scouts and learned all this stuff. But what if your just a regular person who has never really done this stuff?
My parents took us camping when we were younger. We stayed at some state parks near where my grandparents live in northern Michigan. But it was pretty comfy, with heavy car camping equipment that just doesn’t translate to hiking or bikepacking.
My father is an avid outdoorsman. He loves spending time outside, hunting or fishing or beekeeping. We did those things when I was younger as well, and I’m very grateful for the experience. But we never went hiking, never backpacked for a few days. Which is fine! My dad doesn’t see the fun in that (probably due to the heavy gear?) and now it’s time to do it my way.
So, I’m trying to figuring it all out on my own, and making a lot of stupid mistakes along the way. Some of those mistakes are in my own physical abilities, others are in what gear I buy and try and love or hate. I want to lay it all out, because it’s not always instagram perfect photos and adventure travel magazine worthy stuff. Sometimes it rains and you can’t see a thing.
But no matter what it’s still an adventure, and that’s what makes it so fun!