November 22, 2022•375 words
Many days, especially recently, I imagined I would go on grand adventures again someday. I have quite a few under my belt already. A little bit of me misses the excitement of exploring new places and pushing myself in new environments. But to be honest I'm just as happy watching others do these things on Discovery, NatGeo, Outside+, and the like.
I am trying to think of a time when I lived somewhere, and I visited every local trail or hit every fishing hole(though I did try). And now, as I get older, it's even harder for me to get to the local stuff. This makes me think I should put some sort of limit on local, let's say, within a couple hours by car. I could argue that there is plenty of adventure right out my backdoor, or at least 10-20 minutes from it. And I live in New York City right now.
I have dear friends with a large chunk of land with all the fixins, streams, clearings, woods, and a small number of critters. I wonder if they feel the need to go adventure as much, they had been with me on a couple of mine. But, I'm betting their backyard is more than enough these days.
But this gets me back to my main train of thought. Is going and seeking the big adventure or the world renowned fishing spot worth the effort or the possible ecological cost of getting there, along with the gazillion other people trying to get there. Maybe our own local bubble of existence is enough. Do our home forests and trails need some love from us? I think so. I am also arguing that the majority of us haven't even come close to exploring the places, say 120 miles, from our own homes. A couple hours drive.
When I watch Bear Grylls walk the PCT with nothing but a buck knife and a rope, I will wish him the best and surely be entertained. But this guy is happy with sticking close to home, including focusing my conservation efforts close to home, where we can make the most impact, and making my own home and yard as wild and adventurous as possible. What do you think?