Leisure Life: Microadventures

via Jeff Griffith-Jones – AVAC

“A microadventure is an adventure that is cheap, short, close to home, simple, and yet very effective..” ~Alastair Humphreys, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year

Humphrey’s also says you do not need to fly to the other side of the planet to do an expedition, you do not need to be an elite athlete, expertly trained, or rich to have an adventure, 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.

So, what’s the point?

Microadventures are the perfect way to stay sane, happy, healthy, and productive in an otherwise hectic lifestyle. They are an answer to stress, confinement, lavish vacations, ADD, depression, feeling the need to escape, and so much more. As an adventurist and from one AVAC family member to another—I’m telling you that you should take some microadventures this year both for your own health, and for those around you. Your happiness will only breed more happiness in others.

Below, Stuart and me panning for gold at Roaring Camp
Jeff and Stu Panning

My Current Favorites

With Family: Drive to Aquatic Park, San Francisco to play on the beach (all summer I swam laps in preparation for the Donner Half).  Then walk over the hill to Fort Mason for hands down the best food truck festival with live music in the Bay Area—Off the Grid.

With Dogs: Go to the largest off-leash area in the Bay, Point Isabel in Richmond, to let your pups swim, run the shoreline, and explore. Bathe them and enjoy human and canine treats at the on-site Mudpuppy’s Café.

With Anyone: Try disc golf!  I did this the other weekend for the first time in 10 years. It’s free (just need to buy or borrow some discs), it’s chill, low pressure, and great for toddlers to tag along as well—just don’t call them Frisbees!

For Myself: Experience nature, relaxation, pampering, and the simple life at a California eco-resort. Danielle says her 30th birthday to the Mongolian yurts of Treebones in Big Sur is the best trip she’s ever taken. We’ve also enjoyed Costanoa in Pescadero, Stanford Inn in Mendocino, and Cavallo Point in Marin.

Theclymb.com recently blogged about the importance of “Work-Adventure Balance:”

“Peo­ple with a good W/A bal­ance do not look like their soul has been slowly dying in front of a tele­vi­sion; a per­son with a good WA bal­ance is well-rested and pre­pared for work on the regular.  Peo­ple with a good W/A bal­ance find the time to crush out 30 miles on the road bike before the work day even begins. Per­haps they crush out 30 miles on a road bike on their way to work to build up the energy needed to knock out an incred­i­bly pro­duc­tive day, so he/she can take a cou­ple hours off on Fri­day to go on a multi-day climb­ing trip later in the week. Peo­ple with a good W/A bal­ance have a vir­tu­ous cycle where the work fuels their desire to hit the out­doors, but then the out­doors gets them ready again to crush it at work.”

Need more ideas on finding your balance or adventuring?  Let me know…

~Jeff Griffith Jones

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