As I mentioned in my previous post for Best Adventure & Travel Blog Posts of the Week, I am writing up my favorites as a [limited time] series for the following reasons:
- It ‘s important to create a sense of community among bloggers.
- I want my readers to be able to find other great sources sometimes.
- I haven’t had every experience in the world; it would be impossible!
- Sharing these posts, you will get to know me better as well.
Perhaps the reason I share a post is because it’s an adventure high on my bucket list. Maybe a favorite post just comes from something that inspired or motivated me to try something new. Or, I will share a blog post that I just really enjoyed reading. I hope you enjoy these blog posts as much as I did!
#1: Wayward // Relentless Forward Commotion
I stumbled upon this blog on Bloglovin, which has been a great source for finding new adventure blogs to read. Wayward is the second blog for Heather, a mom of 2, who started her first blog inspired by running and motherhood. After her kids grew older she continued running and finding adventure and decided to start a new blog. This post, Wayward, is a story of feeling out of place and homesick, and is a story I relate closely to. I love her quote “Homesickness always strikes at the changing of the seasons.” Stated in her posts, she lives in Myrtle Beach with her family but her heart is in New England. She misses the mountains, forests, and open land…
I think living somewhere new is always an adventure but it took leaving Minnesota to realize that will probably always feel like my home. I lived there almost all of my adult life but I started burning out from the long, harsh winters. I lived in Arizona when I left Minnesota, and this is the primary reason I relate to this post. In the summer, I would have access to a pool but where were the lakes? When autumn hit, where were the leaves that would change to reds, oranges, and yellows? When it was Christmas, where was the fresh blanket of snow?
I am in New York City now; coming here I was excited to have seasons again. But the seasons here weren’t the same. It snowed maybe 5 times but never stayed on the ground. New Yorkers avoided going outside and wore heavy winter jackets while I stood at bus stops wondering why everyone thought 35 degrees was so cold (Minnesota t-shirt weather). The colors start coming out in the spring and the flowers bloom, but in this concrete jungle you could be almost unaware of any changes in the flora.
#2: 8 Ways Camping Will Change Your Perspective on City Living // Wanderlusters
Trailing off my favorite blog post #1, I chose this post by Wanderlusters, which starts with “The human race was never designed to thrive in a concrete jungle.” Of the 8 things listed about camping, I connected with a couple of them the most. My favorite is, “Disconnecting is a powerful way to reconnect” is something almost anyone can relate to nowadays. We are all constantly on or near our phones and many people work daily on computers. Even as a blogger, we are frequently connected to our devices and social media. Sure, most campsites still have some cell phone service but when you’re out camping it’s much more natural to just take time to enjoy the silence, sit by the fire, look at the stars, and connect more closely to those that you camp with.
If I could go camping most weekends, I would. To be away from commotion, messy kitchens, and a list of chores, and instead to be finding a new place, sleeping amongst the stars, and making breakfast on the campfire…
If you’re in New York City and looking for an adventure, check out a couple of the places I’ve been recently to plan your next escape: West Branch Resort and Killens Pond State Park.
#3: Where to find the darkest skies in the U.S. for stargazing, Travel + Leisure
I don’t want to sound ungrateful for having the experiences of living both in Arizona and New York City, because I am grateful for having these opportunities. I recently connected with friends from Arizona and reminisced over some of the things I miss and perhaps under appreciated about Arizona. We talked about the wildlife – where they recently turned into their neighborhood to find a bobcat and rattlesnake having an encounter. We talked about the grocery store prices and crowded store aisles. In Arizona, nothing was ever busy, prices were really low, and at night, everything was quiet (sometimes because everything closed at 8pm). In one place we rented in Arizona, our bedroom had a sliding door facing the desert. We could leave the curtains wide open because at night, everything was pitch black. I slept amazing.
I bring this blog post to your attention, not because Arizona is featured, but because there are places around the country where the sky is so dark and sheltered from light pollution. So many of us are concentrated in areas where the lights outside never turn off and buildings are illuminated at night. When you get outdoors, you remember how dark the night sky actually is and how beautiful the stars in the sky are. In Arizona, we used to take nighttime walks and gaze at the sky trying to find the little and big dipper.
Although you can always camp in the backcountry for a dark night sky, this post shares some ideas for other great places (along with amazing photos).