Reclaiming Adventure

Reclaiming Adventure

When Colin was growing up, “adventure” was a bad word.

Get lost? It’s an adventure! Getting caught in freezing rain and almost sliding off the road? Another adventure! Car died in a blizzard? You get the picture…

If the street's empty, you probably shouldn't drive on it.
If the street’s empty, you probably shouldn’t drive on it.

It got so bad, that Colin’s family is a little superstitious about that word. You certainly wouldn’t declare something an adventure before heading out, or else you were probably dooming that trip in some horrible way or another. The few times I tried it, I got some weird faces, shaking heads, and slight hissing noises. Best not to say it.

I, on the other hand, love the word “adventure”. Sure, we had the same issues getting lost. In the days before Google Maps on your phone, it was easy enough to take a wrong turn. Or to end up on a narrow road in the forest in a broken down minivan with your cousins and a bunch of rapidly cooling, fresh-caught fish. And yes, those were adventures. But they were adventures for all of the best reasons. After all, how many people get to star gaze in the middle of the night with your cousins, caught in the middle of nowhere and waiting for a tow truck?

Adventures aren’t a given. You have to take a bad situation and make the most of it. You have to embrace what you’re given, even if it isn’t what you thought you wanted. Adventures, unlike disasters, are all about the memories.

So, when we got married, we decided to reclaim “adventure”.

If adventures are all about the laughter, about turning any situation into something memorable in the best way possible, then didn’t we want our whole married lives to be a series of adventures? Enough with the superstition – we were starting our marriage off on the right foot. And so, we took adventure back and made it ours (and even wrote it into our vows)! This blog is here to document our adventures – big or small.

In that spirit, 2016 – our first full year of marriage – is also our Year of Adventures.

We’ll see where it takes us.
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3 thoughts on “Reclaiming Adventure

  1. You have had your own share of thrills, Katie.

    Remember the “adventure” of driving seventeen miles on Kaiser Pass Road, a one-lane track with composed of ungraded decomposed granite with rocks on one side and a 2000 foot plunge to the canyon floor on the other side with 4 x 4 trucks careening around 52 blind corners (whilst your grandmother squeezed her eyes shut, prayed the rosary, and screamed every time I took my eyes off the road to point out an especially scenic view) just because I wanted to spend a week fishing at Edison Lake?

    Remember the dirt road to a another alpine fishing lake which shall remain nameless when we were staying near Stateline, Nevada? On the way out, if your timid Uncle Jose (who was driving the trail vehicle in our two-car caravan) fell too far behind on the rocky road, I would stop to wait for him to catch up. Conversely when he had the lead as we were driving back to the chalet and our trailing van popped a front and rear tire on a pair of rocks, he drove blithely on. You and your cousins were left stranded in a deserted stretch of road on a moonless night without any cell phone service for the three hours that it took me to hike out, find a campsite, and get a lift to where I could find cell phone service and call the Auto Club. Surely that was an adventure to treasure! Who could possible ask for better viewing conditions to see the Perseid meteor shower!

    Remember when I took you, Jenny, Christopher, and your grandmother motoring for a week through the English countryside? I insisted on getting a stick shift car because, after all, it was hundreds of dollars cheaper. On the scores of occasions when I would drift to the “wrong” side of the road as I was trying to change gears while negotiating a turn, you got to experience the thrill and “adventure” of “off-roading” until I looked up and wrenched the wheel back from driving into the verge and almost diving into the ditch beyond!

    Good times!

  2. P.S. As “adventuring pandas” I trust that you will provide us with interesting variations of recipes featuring your native foods. I look forward with eager anticipation for your take on Eukalyptus Sauerkraut.

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