This week’s “Thought Box” Prompt was “What is an adventure that you’d like to go on?” For more prompts or writing inspiration, check out this page!
Up until a few years a until a few years ago, I would have scoffed at the idea of spending a week in the wilderness with nothing except the clothes on my back and the bare essentials needed for survival.
It wasn’t that I didn’t love camping. I grew up in a family where the idea of a family vacation was a trip to a state park. We spent many a spring break hiking through woods, telling stories around a fire, and entertaining ourselves by pretending to be explorers.
Those trips didn’t involve “roughing it” by any means. We brought along a car full of food, ice chests with cold drinks, and there was usually a shower to wash off the day’s stink.
When I started dating Matt, we discovered that hiking was a great activity that we enjoyed doing together. We were both fairly new to Austin, and were fascinated by the many urban greenbelts that we could get ourselves lost in. We would spend nearly every weekend exploring new trails both in and outside of the city.
Then we went on a few camping trips. I found it to be a nice and relaxing way to spend some time together, without the every day distractions we usually face with our work and life.
We were making our way back from a wedding in New Mexico, and were searching for a KOA or someplace to camp, when someone suggested we stop at the Guadalupe Mountain National Park.
That’s when everything changed.
We had to make it back to Texas, so didn’t have the chance to spend the entire day exploring, but I knew I had to go back.
After that, we started researching and decided we would plan and prepare for a real over night backpacking trip.
Since then, I’ve fallen in love. We’ve done a few over-nighters at state parks, returned to the Guadalupe Mountains, and spent 3 nights hiking through Big Bend.
I can’t get enough. I don’t even mind pooping in the woods anymore. It’s so liberating!
Now I want to go everywhere. I’m fascinated by the people who spend months trekking across the Pacific Trail, and while I know it’s not realistic for me right now-it remains a dream.
We are going to the North West in the fall for a wedding, and now I’m obsessed with researching trails and parks that I want to visit while I’m there.
In fact, anyone mentions a state that I haven’t been to, I automatically start looking up the best places to backpack in the area.
I want to see them all. I want to walk across every National Park, and sleep in every national forest. I want to trek across the desert and along the beach. I want to do it all with a bag on my back and just enough food to survive.
I want to find my own water sources, and poop out in the open in every state in this great country.