I like to think of myself as adventurous. It’s probably one of the reasons I love fantasy so much — with its quests and great sweeping landscapes. And it’s definitely what drives me when I travel.
The above photo epitomises adventure for me — I’m sharing for the weekly photo challenge.
Last year my desire for adventure inspired me to tackle a very small section of England’s South-West Coast Path. It’s a walking track that follows the coast around Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and takes weeks to complete in entirety. I figured since I’d be in the region it would be a good opportunity to check out some of that spectacular coastal scenery.
I’ve done a lot of hiking in my time, with and without packs. Trekking in Nepal was fabulous. So I figured a couple of days along the English coast would be a piece of cake. The trail is well marked. You can arrange to have your luggage transferred between bed-and-breakfast accommodation. It sounded a very civilised way to have an adventure.
But of course I upped the difficulty factor by selecting one of the more challenging sections of the path (the more challenging, the more spectacular, right?) and then — as bad luck would have it — chose the rainiest, drabbest, most miserable day of my entire trip to embark on the 18km walk from Westward Ho! to Clovelly.
We got soaked and exhausted. I wrote a full account of the day at the time, so I won’t repeat myself. But suffice to say despite the rain it was a wonderful adventure, and I wouldn’t give it up for anything.
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Beautiful! Sounds like an adventure to remember…and then repeat when the weather is perfect. 🙂
Would love to repeat and go further one day. Beautiful part of the world, for sure. 🙂
I’d love to go on a walking tour there, preferably not in the rain, though. Back in college, four of us went on a bike trip and after it rained (hard) for a good bit of it, we spent a long time at a laundromat drying our clothes, then called for a ride back to the house where we started. It was just too miserable.
But memorable, right?! It’s all part of the adventure. 🙂
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Rugged and Beautiful.
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🙂 Sometimes the worst experiences make the best and most cherished memories!
Tina, I totally believe that too. But this wasn’t really a bad experience (not for me, at least… my companion might say differently!). Even at the time, I appreciated the adventure of it all. 😀