Adventure Your Way

If your family and friends are anything like mine, they probably associate the word adventure with the traditional definition; Adventure: a) an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks.  In my life, these folks see the Holiday Inn as “roughing it” and think I am crazy for spending vacation exploring dangerous activities like backpacking and climbing. It has been my own personal experience that most of these people think that there is no place for them in the outdoors and that they will avoid adventure and stick with the city. After spending a week in Yosemite National Park, I can assure you that adventure is for everyone and here is my experience.

A few months ago my cousin received the coolest birthday present- his parents gave him a guided day of photography with the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite. I have always dreamed of being a photographer, so when I was asked if I would like to go with him, I immediately jumped all over it. Being an avid outdoorsman, my first thought was that I absolutely had to climb the iconic Half Dome while I was there. So six months in advance I got my permit to climb, and planned to hike as much as I could in one of America’s greatest gems. Upon arrival, me permit day was forecast as rainy, snowy and foggy, and immediately my dreams of Half Dome were gone.

Disappointed at first, I was forced to find a new adventure, in a new way. Throughout the week I was reminded that adventure has another definition; Adventure: b) an exciting or remarkable experience.  If you are open to new and exciting experiences, then the adventure will find you. My week in Yosemite Valley was just that, nothing short of remarkable and inspiring and included some hiking, lots of photography, laughing and inspiration.

I have always believed that everything happens for a reason and this week provided the exact adventure that my life needed… a get-away from stress. I have always looked to the outdoors when I wanted an escape, but not always this way. If the weather had been perfect that day I would have attempted the 14 hour day, not spent time with family and missed out on some of the best photo’s (in my opinion) that I have ever taken. By missing out on Half Dome’s cable route, I found creativity and serenity (not to mention other amazing hikes in the park which many people don’t ever think about.)

By the end of the week I was ready to quit my job and be a park ranger. I must say this is a frequent feeling I get when I head back to the city, but something about Yosemite Valley brings peace. I encourage you to add this amazing national treasure to your bucket list. Please enjoy some of the photograph’s from that week.

Explore Away!

4 thoughts on “Adventure Your Way

  1. Those pictures are amazing! I am an avid backpacker and rock climber as you seem to be as well. Hopefully you will get another chance to climb there, but it seems like you are very content with the way things went down this time. I hope to make it to Yosemite in the next couple years, it looks so amazing! I enjoyed you post. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hey Nathan! Thanks for reading. This was my first post and I am so excited that someone found it!!! 🙂

    For this time, I was super content with it, but what an amazing place. I rock climb too, but I think most of Yosemite is above my skill level. I have a really cool photo of some climbers on El Capitan at night, I’ll share that one soon, I think you’d enjoy that photo. All you can see are the lights from their headlamps and it looks like a star constellation on the cliff.

  3. I find it interesting that one of your adventure times was with your decidedly unadventurous Auntie! However, I agree that a “remarkable experience” was had that morning. The changing light was incredible! I also enjoyed being surprised by the deer! I did not know that they moved so silently!

    Glad I was able to share an adventure with you!
    I love you!

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