Think for a second about how much time you spend fantasizing about traveling to new locations for adventure. You know the routine: thumbing though Instagram while thinking: man, that place looks awesome, I’m definitely adding that to the list!
No doubt there are a lot of killer places on this planet of ours to explore.
But sometimes we allow the epic to become the enemy of the acceptably awesome.
Meaning, the places we fantasize about visiting can require too much time/resources/energy to reach. So, instead of exploring some new place we end up just letting inertia guide us to our good old reliable local spots for the umpteenth time.
But what if you split the difference? Meaning: go ahead and shelve that epic week long adventure until your schedule and resources allow, but don’t get sucked into your local spot either. Instead, get out your map and find something in between those two extremes, something I like to think of as acceptably awesome.
Acceptably awesome is a destination you can leave for at the crack of dawn, get in some real adventure and make it home in time for a bit of couch time and a cocktail.
For me, a 90-minute drive is just about right. A good way to start is to get out a map and draw a circle that encompasses about 60-70 mile radius. That’s acceptably awesome territory right there. Anything in that area is ripe for exploring on a day trip.
If you have never done this exercise before, you may be blown away by how much unexplored territory there is in that circle. It is easily a whole summer’s worth of day trip of us. Grab a marker and a local map, you may be surprised with what you find.
Increase your odds of having an acceptably awesome adventure by leaving first thing in the morning. Here in the northeast places get packed on the weekends. But if you leave at the break of dawn, chances are you can still find parking spots on the trail head while all of the locals are still having their morning coffee.
So get your gear ready the night before so you can roll out of bed, fill up your Hydroflask with coffee and hit the road.
Tools: Here are a couple of links that will allow you to draw a perimeter around a point using Google Maps. Neither one is as good as a marker and a paper map, but if that’s not your thing: