Microadventures: Because adventure is found wherever you look…
Adventure is found wherever you look. It can be complicated or simple, expensive or cheap, far away or close to home. After all, adventure is about keeping an open mind, stepping outside of your comfort zone and having the curiosity to explore your surroundings.
A microadventure is quite simply taking the time to play outside, to explore locally and to rediscover an otherwise familiar setting.
Alastair Humphreys, a British adventurer who previously spent 4 years cycling around the world, popularized the concept of everyday adventures in recent years. His latest book, Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes provides lots of inspiration to get your started. While it is centered around London, it is full of ideas that can be adapted for Central Alberta.
As you know, we love the shorter adventures. We’ve been focused on making it easy to get out and play with our day trips to the mountains. We know that finding time for a longer adventure can be hard when working full time, so we try to make the most of the time we have.
The hardest part of any adventure is to step out of the front door. Coming up with excuses to stay home is easy. Making a plan, even in loose terms, always helps. Follow along as we share microadventure ideas that can be done from Red Deer in a few hours, between 5pm and 9am, on a day off or over a weekend.
What is a microadventure? It depends. Humphrey defines it as being overnight and without using a car. We take an even simpler approach. For us, a microadventure is simply doing something outdoors that you wouldn’t normally do. It’s quick, a weekend or less and requires minimal planning other than deciding to do it. You choose how hard to make it.