I’ve found myself trekking a lot of miles to find adventure. Being in the outdoors, having new experiences, and pushing myself are all things that help to make me feel alive and at peace. From backpacking to fishing to camping, I’m always looking for things to do that ignites the wild side in me. It’s one of the many reasons I love living in Idaho. However, sometimes even I need to remember that adventure doesn’t have to be a difficult thing to find. Sometimes adventure is right outside your front door. Because it’s not about how far you go, it’s about finding something new that excites you. 

I was reminded of this the other weekend when visiting the Bruneau Sand Dunes. My kids, my boyfriend, and I took a trip to see the tallest freestanding sand dunes in North America. They just so happened to be an hour away from my home! It felt like we were in a completely different world, but we weren’t that far from my house. It definitely wasn’t the distance that made it feel like an adventure, it was finding something extraordinary. 

Why Adventure is Important

Getting out of your comfort zone is uncomfortable for basically all of us. It’s just that some of us are better with that feeling than others. However, doing new things, pushing yourself, and having new experiences is what life is all about! And it’s often what leads to the most growth. The more you do the uncomfortable things, the better you’ll be with them. Doing hard things leads to character building, which is something I tell my kids all the time. It’s something I tell myself when things get difficult, too. Adventure expands your worldview, builds confidence, and makes you feel alive!  

What is an Adventure for You?

That’s not to say you should go climb Everest tomorrow. Adventure is different for everyone. And, often, you don’t have to go far to find it. It just has to be something new and exciting. Something that maybe makes you feel a little nervous. Maybe it’s joining a book club with people you don’t know, starting a new business venture, or taking a trip to a nearby state park to see the sights. It’s camping in a place you’ve never camped before, trying a new food, or cooking a recipe you’ve never cooked before. It’s starting a garden even if you don’t know what you’re doing, or taking your kids on a hike with you.

Sometimes adventure is outdoorsy stuff, sometimes it’s not. Just like everything else, adventure is in the eye of the beholder. The key is to do something new, something out of your comfort zone, and something that gets you excited. That might involve a new location, new people, or a new activity. Just know you don’t have to go far to have that experience and feel that feeling. 

I loved seeing the Bruneau Sand Dunes and felt so alive discovering a new place in a state that I’ve lived in for so long. It was a great reminder that I don’t have to go far to have that feeling.

What is a possible nearby adventure for you?

xo Natalie