a few months into the bake 20 challenge, i started giving some thought as to what to do next. i considered baking bread, i considered trying different vegetarian recipes, and i even considered making different flavors of ice cream. they all sounded good. but at the same time, they revolved around the kitchen. and as much as i love to eat (oh, do i love my food), i wouldn't say i need much help consuming bread and other goodies. and for the most part, i'm a relatively adventurous cook when i have the time. so, i said no to another kitchen challenge.
instead, i've been pondering this book we received a while back. a. & i are total outdoor enthusiasts and our idea of a good time often involves a camel back, hiking shoes and a map. yep, mr. & mrs. adventuruss. as i sat down the last week of december to look at what i hoped 2013 would entail for me & us as a couple, i saw a trend around both time & adventure. we love spending time together. in fact, that's one of our shared love languages. of course, we also love adventure.
so, to incorporate the two, i'm (we'll he's kinda joining me by default) embarking on a 30 adventure challenge. over the course of the year, we're going to take on 30 different adventures, some new and some old. some that involve things we're used to doing (like hiking and camping and kayaking) and some that are new or we don't do as often as we'd like (like rock climbing, sky diving, and backpacking). also, since we're both on the verge of starting new jobs, i'm counting day hikes and solo adventures (for me) as long as they take place in new locations.
i figure, if anything, this will be a great opportunity to get out, stretch our legs and explore our new home. it's not intended to be stressful & it's definitely not intended to be strict. obviously, i'm not counting a walk around our neighborhood, but maybe a walk on a new beach or a bike ride in a park. as long as we deem it adventure-worthy, it'll count. i'm excited to embrace this new challenge & can't wait to share all the sights and some stories along the way.