" I'm still here, I still don’t like hiking, and I still want to go on more adventures. "

Finding the adventurer in all of us

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.

Camping at the base of Devil’s Tower was one of the best parts of our road trip west.

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.

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A bison grazes quietly only a few dozen yards from where we camped the night before.

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.

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Post by Shanice McTeer

I’m a full-time teacher, part-time adventurer and fledgling blogger.

 

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16 Comments

  • Customs -N- Classics

    I think you did a great job on your first blog post. I am glad that you decided to write it, adds an element to the stories Tobias writes, knowing that your enthusiasm and his are on different levels, but that you both meet together and enjoy.
    I am a big outdoor fan, our family camps, (In a tent), quite often throughout the spring and fall, however, I am truly the only one who likes the outdoors as much as I do in my family, the others have some enjoyment, but generally just tolerate me, I think.

    June 22, 2017 - 11:10 am Reply
    • Shanice McTeer

      Ha, good luck to you and I am glad you have people who can support your passions. Thank you for your kind words. Happy adventuring!

      June 22, 2017 - 11:49 pm Reply
  • usathroughoureyes

    Great post Niecie. You are now a veteran blogger. You two are doing it and don’t forget it. Winners never quit and quitters never win. Think of the experiences you are encountering. Keep it up okay. It’s all GOOD.

    June 22, 2017 - 12:50 pm Reply
    • Shanice McTeer

      Good advice, thank you for your comment! I hope to take away something good from each experience.

      June 22, 2017 - 11:47 pm Reply
  • Mary Raymond

    Love your insights and shared experiences. Thank you. I do get out some and do some light hiking and camping. Some things I don’t do out of choice but I enjoy reading about other people doing them.

    June 23, 2017 - 8:00 am Reply
  • Boots on the Trail

    Excellent start to your blogging career! I understand about the hiking – it’s my passion and the LovedOne enjoys it too, but in a more moderate way. I’ve learned that there’s a certain type of hike (not too short, not too “adventurous”) that works best for her and so I plan our joint hikes accordingly. Rafting has come to be an outdoor adventure we both like a lot, since we can have fun outdoors together without hauling loads on our backs or wearing out our feet!

    June 23, 2017 - 8:37 am Reply
    • tobiasmann

      This is Niecie’s post, but I couldn’t resist touching on your point about picking hikes accordingly. I think that had I done this earlier Niecie might have learned to like hiking a little more. She’s expressed an openness to hiking in the future, if I find trails that are more to her comfort level. I am sure that Niecie would love to go rafting. I’ve never done it. We’ve talked about going Kayaking this summer. I think that is a grand idea. Thanks for the ideas!

      June 23, 2017 - 10:29 am Reply
  • penncosect24

    Love it!

    June 30, 2017 - 8:29 am Reply
  • The Year I Touched My Toes

    Leave the truck behind at some point and check out a trek in Nepal. 🙂 The Badlands sound special especially with the bison etc. Nice post Niecie. Louise

    July 12, 2017 - 11:02 pm Reply
    • tobiasmann

      Nepal is a long way from us both physically and financially. I’m a newspaper reporter and Niecie is a school teacher. In this country, these are pretty underpaid and underappreciated jobs. That being said, I got to live vicariously through my cousin who spent a few weeks there on a mission trip. We’ll get there eventually! Thanks for the direction!

      July 13, 2017 - 9:02 am Reply
  • dawnkinster

    Sounds like your last year was pretty amazing and I’m thinking this next year will be even better! Thanks for following my blog. I’ve subscribed to your newsletter. I love to camp. I’d like to do it full time (I’ve retired now) but there’s the thing with the spouse who thinks camping is insane given you could sleep in a ‘real bed’ in a hotel. I have, on my side, the dog…so it’s 2 against 1 but still….it would be easier if he was on board. But I’m rambling…..nice to meet you two and I’ll look forward to following you on your adventures!

    July 18, 2017 - 11:03 am Reply
    • Shanice McTeer

      It is always nice to meet a fellow adventurer, though I do sympathize with your spouse somewhat. I have always loved camping and getting out in nature, the only part I can’t stand is hiking! Every relationship has hurdles I suppose, but we have found a good give and take. Congrats on the retirement and we look forward to hearing about your adventures!

      July 21, 2017 - 3:33 pm Reply
  • lexklein

    I think there’s bound to be a mismatch – whether it be slight or yawning! – in two partners’ interest in certain things. My husband shares my love of hiking, but he loathes sleeping in tents. He has done a few of those trips with me, I have done some the way he likes them, and when I just have to have my hike and my tent and he just can’t do it, I go on my own! We are both quite happy with this arrangement. I love some of the trips you guys have taken (we really enjoyed the Badlands as well) and your willingness to make it work together.

    July 19, 2017 - 4:11 pm Reply
    • Shanice McTeer

      I am so happy that you two you were able to work out each other’s comfort levels and find common ground. We’re still talking out what the other person will and won’t do, but we recognize there is a passion and willingness to try for the other. Thank you very much for your response!

      July 21, 2017 - 3:42 pm Reply
  • twobrownfeet

    Your post reminds me of my early self. 🙂 I used to absolutely dislike hikes. The fear of heights was my biggest challenge. Thankfully, my husband persevered (a tad pushy) and I slowly began to appreciate hiking. The fear hasn’t gone, I guess the views kind of compensate the effort! Congratulations on your first post, Shanice! Loved the pictures too!
    Cheryl

    September 25, 2017 - 12:47 am Reply

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