Another year has passed with this crazy, nature-loving adventurer. I’m still here, I still don’t like hiking, and I still want to go on more adventures.
Tobias asked me to write a few words about this last year and the next year to come. Since I am new to blogging and I’m not sure how it works, I’ll keep this short, if that’s okay with everyone.
Three adventures from 2016 stand out to me. Exploring Denver’s beautiful botanical gardens, camping at the base of Devil’s Tower, and my personal favorite, camping in Badlands National Park.
Last May, Tobias and I had our first true vacation together. We came upon the Badlands by chance. It was nearly sunset, but we desperately wanted to see what the park had to offer after eight hours cooped up in a noisy, lane-wondering Jeep.
Finding the Badlands was like a domino effect of one awesome thing after another. We were truly at the base of beauty before heading into the tourist trap that is Wall Drug.
It’s not always easy living with such a passionate person. Tobias is genuine in his love of the outdoors and he is always looking for ways to expose me to it in a positive light…he isn’t always successful. I may never like hiking as much as he does.
Every time the weekend rolls around, I think, “Okay, what is he going to get us into now?” Don’t get me wrong, I love his spontaneity. It’s hard to hide from his enthusiasm. He can talk about a rock like it’s the next big thing and all of a sudden I have to see this rock too.
More often than not, I do get something out of these adventures. It’s neat to meet people who share his enthusiasm, I get to see some pretty amazing things and I am forced to step out of my comfort zone.
I loved everything about this trip. The Badlands was a happy coincidence where we found a beautiful camping spot in a valley of green and sedimentary rock. Bison, prairie dogs, sheep and antelope roamed the hills and fellow travelers hiked on the nearby trails.
Yes it was colder than we would have liked, and the whole trip was too much in such a short time, but our first day on our trip was exhilarating. I knew then that I might be able to survive this nature lover.
As for the year to come, I plan to drag my busy guy away from stress at work and take him on more fun trips. Our vacation destination this year is New Orleans. I also plan on camping, kayaking, biking, trying exotic foods, and having an adventure with my best friend.
Check out these other awesome posts we think you’ll enjoy:
- Into the West Part 1 – The Badlands
- Camping at the devil’s feet
- 10 road trip essentials we won’t leave home without
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Post by Shanice McTeer
I’m a full-time teacher, part-time adventurer and fledgling blogger.