I recently bought the book Microadventures by Alastair Humphreys and was flipping through the pages like I usually do when I get a new book and came across a story that caught my eye.
But first let me just say a few things.
This is the kind of book you don’t need to start reading at the beginning.
It’s filled with 38 different stories of his micro adventures with lots of wild camping going on.
If you want to learn more about wild camping this book is for you.
Anyways, I came across a chapter titled “A Journey Around Your Home”
It’s about how he set out one evening and walked 2 miles out and then walked a circle around where he lived until he arrived back home the next morning.
Now this story caught my eye because when I first read the title I thought mmmm…. around his home, for some reason I thought he was talking about walking around his house inside.
He takes the bare essentials to get through the night and heads 2 miles out to start his circle around his home for a total of about 18 miles.
He’s walking with his small day pack.
He sleeps at the edge of a wheat field on top of a hill overlooking a small town.
This is nice but I have no intentions of doing something like that here in Delaware but the story did spark an idea, something very doable for me.
He talked about stopping every hour and taking a picture of what he saw at that moment.
So I thought, why don’t I walk around the perimeter of my neighborhood and every 15 minutes take a photo of what I’m looking at in that moment.
I loved this idea. It serves a few purposes –
- It gets you to slow down.
- You become more aware of your surroundings and really look at things.
- You’ll improve on your photography skills or maybe I should say, I’ll improve on my photography skills.
In a nutshell, you’ll learn to be aware, mindful and in the moment. I love this!
So I walked around my home which took me a little more than an hour. It was fun stopping every 15 minutes to take a picture of what I saw at that moment.
Here’s a few of those pictures.
First up is a favorite tree around here – Crape Myrtle
Next up a wooden fence, which I love to see but don’t see enough of them in my neighborhood.
And something I hate to see is trash, ugh! I picked it up and threw it away properly.
Lastly this pretty color combination of purple and yellow flowers. This homeowner had them around the mailbox, and up the driveway. It looked so beautiful that for a few seconds it made me want to go home and do my front yard like this, but only for a few seconds. 🙂
You know, I could do a theme each time I walk.
- I could take a photo of all the cool mailboxes I saw.
- All the different kinds of trees, flowers, fences, you name it!
- Or even different kinds of animals I come across.
These are just a few of the crazy ideas I got from reading one story from this book.
I can’t wait to see what other ideas this book puts into my head, which is really the point of the book, to inspire you to come up with your own microadventures.
Enjoy! Now get out and have your own microadventure!
And follow the hashtag #microadventures on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
Peace, Love and Adventure!