I know what you did last summer…

Last summer I decided to follow an urge I had for
adventure.  Now I mean adventure with a
small ‘a’ I don’t mean the likes of swimming the channel or walking across
Europe.  Not having a track record of
anything like this the inspiration had come from Alastair Humphreys, his mini
films and book ‘Microadventures’.  With a
growing sense of frustration at reading and not experiencing I decided to bite
the bullet and plan an outing under the stars.


I had very little equipment and so I used my birthday money
to buy a decent rucksack and bivvy bag. (A bivvy bag is as it sounds, a bag to
place over your sleeping bag so that you don’t need a tent to stay dry). I
wanted to stay local and to test Humphreys theory that adventure is right on
your door step.  So a friend and I packed
our rucksacks and walked to the shore side literally a half mile away from the
road, found a spot and set up camp for the night.


Enjoying our little stash of treats, we talked and watch
the sun go down and as darkness fell we were captivated by the stars and the ships
as they went up and down Belfast lough.
The beauty amongst the silence was amazing as I drunk in all that was
around me.  The smells of dusk as all the
flora and fauna stopped for a rest whilst the sea lapped against the rocks was


Sleep was in short supply as the canopy of stars above us
kept drawing my attention. To waken at dawn with a yacht sailing a couple of
hundred yards away from us was such a delight.
As we munched on our breakfast and guzzled down our hot tea I knew I had
experienced something special.


We packed up and headed off to rendezvous with a local
group of open water swimmers known locally as the ‘Donaghadee Chunky Dunkers’.
As we swam, the previous night and its fatigue washed away.  This is what I had longed for; a journey out
of the humdrum and into nature.  Inspired
further I am planning to do more of in the spring.  This time we will head to the mountains,
bring a tent and swim in a lake.
Adventure is my friend, who knew?
What could adventure look like in your life…

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