I like to plan out my adventures way too much before they happen. It’s actually pretty ridiculous to be honest, but I don’t like surprises and I don’t like being unprepared. I will have a bad day if something throws me for a loop. It is something I am working on by trying to be more spontaneous with adventure and changing plans on the fly if need be.

I recently read an article on the Peak Design blog by Christian McLeod on finding new places and experiences, and the following quotes “Make a half-assed plan – Don’t plan so much. Just wander and wonder…” and “expect nothing” spoke to me (I also came across this article while I was planning adventures for the new year – so the timing was so fitting) 

Sunday afternoon, I wanted to go for a hike in our river valley – I only planned the general area and we went from there deciding where to go and what to do in the moment. We ended up noticing the ice flowing down the river and decided to head on the bridge to check it out. We forgot about our hike and spent a good amount of time watching the ice floating by and occasionally crashing into the cement pillars on the bridge) some pieces of ice were so big that when they hit the pillar you would feel it. It was unbelievable! I didn’t take many photos, but ended up taking a fair amount of video on my DSLR (I didn’t even want to try to shoot video, and didn’t pack my GoPro on purpose)

I am glad I set no expectations, and didn’t plan our day out – as this was a pretty cool experience that I might not have seen if I was dead set on going down another path or doing another activity!

Be open to adventure! You’ll never know what is around the corner!

Here is a compilation of the video that I shot and put together to a track.

Until next time, chase the stoke!
– Tracey

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