A few of my goals I would like to do this year really boil down to spending more time outdoors. For example, I want to make hiking a regular activity or to go camping with the dogs. Lately my inner adventurer has felt a longing for spending more time outdoors.
When I was little, I had a huge sense of adventure. I wanted to be Eliza Thornberry, travel to Africa and ride/talk to the elephants. No joke, I still kinda want that. I’ve always loved animals and spending my time outside swimming, riding my bike, or just talking a walk. I still do, but I’ve felt that the side of myself has gotten lost somewhere while in college or focusing on transitioning to working full time. I never spend time outside anymore unless we take Luna for a walk but even then it’s just a paved trail, that’s far from exciting. “I want adventure in the great wide somewhere…” as Belle from Beauty and The Beast would exclaim. I couldn’t help but include that, but that’s exactly how I feel and every time I think about spending more time outside this year.
So I decided this year that it was time to get back to spending most of my free time outside and while I can’t afford an expensive trip to Africa (trust me I will make it happen at some point in my life) I can still have local outdoor adventures. There are plenty of places near me to hike in the Bay Area and plenty of places/parks that we can bring Bowie and Luna with us as well.
The first step to making this happen is getting hiking boots, so that’s exactly what I did yesterday. Bowie finally got his last parvo shot (YAY) so he can finally go outside, so a weekend outdoor adventure is definitely on the books for this weekend. This goal is really important to me, it’s easy to push aside a goal or new hobby you want to try because it’s outside of your comfort zone. Sometimes people don’t know where to start just because it appears to be a giant thing, but really all it takes is taking the first step. I don’t have a lot of hiking experience, I’ve also never hiked with the dogs, but the first step to making that happen is buying hiking boots and making sure I have the right supplies. Next I’ll need to do some research on trails/open space areas to see how challenging they are or if they allow dogs. Breaking it down into actual steps will make it simple to achieve. Side note: this photo makes me laugh! I was thinking of a creative way to photograph my new hiking boots and Bowie just walks up like, “WOAH what are these things!”
So here’s to 2018 being a year of adventure for Sean, Bowie, Luna, and I. Filled with weekend hikes and exploring, and me trying hard to become the next Eliza Thornberry.