is how Merriam-Webster defines adventure. I believe that to be an apt definition and find myself in such situations regularly. I love driving along deserted country roads where flowers spring up in the hot days of summer. Putting the convertible top down and heading to the high places with the sun on my face is sheer ecstasy.
I have favorites; roads, bridges, trees, rocks, trails. I love them all, but I do have favorites. Often, I start to one place and find that, without actually being aware of it, end up somewhere else entirely. It is these times I like best for I end up where I need to be to find that which I seek. Sometimes it’s a photograph, other times, it is nothing more than silence ensconced in the beauty and rhythm of nature. In these places of solitude, shadow and light, I think my thoughts and dream my dreams. These are the quiet, lovely adventures that leave my mind clear and my body strong.
I can’t compare my solitary escapes into the wilderness to the whirlwind trips to D.C, St. Louis, New York and Las Vegas. Those were very different adventures. They were full of noise, lights, crowds, smells and frenetic energy. There was no peaceful silence or slow, lazy days. In those places of chaos, shadow and light, I tried very hard to hold onto my thoughts as the world unfolded before my eyes. While in Las Vegas, amidst all the opulence and grandeur, there was a welcome respite; a drive through the desert and across Hoover Dam. That was an awesome experience. Even with my mind boggled and my body tired, it was awesome.
I’m certain that none of what I have experienced thus far will be comparable to the one I am on the cusp of experiencing. I am going to a place I’ve never seen in a city I’ve been before. Lord willing, I will have an orchestral experience that has the real potential to blow my mind with its magnitude. I haven’t even left yet and I already feel altered somehow. I suppose it is the excitement. This era of my life is a precious window; my time, my place. I don’t plan to waste a minute just watching it pass.