Welcome back bloggers and readers! It has been one week since I have been home from University and I have been busy!
I am currently registered now for my first half marathon in Indianapolis on October 7th so this past week I have been busy training. I have been running at least 3 miles four days a week with one day of increased mileage. Week one is in the book with lots more to go!
My family and I have now also have our TEPUI tent totally ready to go! We have assembled it (seen below) and have bought all of our supplies. Tip: here are 3 quick things to bring that you wouldn’t maybe think of when camping: 1) a tablecloth for the picnic table at your campsite, 2) percolator for those coffee lovers out there (not me!), and 3) an inflatable sink to wash dishes! Anyways, we plan to use the tent for the first time very soon. Pics of that will surely come!
As for the topic of this blog today, I would like to talk about “finding your groove” (a play on words with my playful cover photo for this blog). Once you’ve been inspired to get outside and explore, as I have mentioned in previous blogs, it is important to find that adventure buddy/partner. This blog also focuses on this idea.
During the last week of University I went to the beach 3 straight days in a row (seen by the next three photos). Now, this is easy for myself to do because: 1) I LOVE the beach and any water, 2) I had the free time, and 3) it is FREE and BEAUTIFUL on parts of the Dune National Lakeshore. Within these three trips, each one took me to a different free beach, I was always with one or more friends, and the weather was always pleasant and at a different time of day. But the one thing in common, obviously, between all three trips, was the fact I was with my adventure buddies!
So why mention this? Well, friends along for the ride bring such a different aspect to the adventure. I do hike alone and do advocate for the peacefulness being alone in nature can bring, but with a place like a beach, being with adventure buddies is just the cherry on top. My tip for this blog today is really just trying to convince you all about the benefits of friends joining you on your exploration to the beach for day (when the weather is pleasant, you have the time to unwind, and its not too busy). Friends are great to bring along because: 1) They can be your DJ for the longer drive, 2) they can help pay for your gas/food, 3) they give you someone to throw the frisbee or football with, 4) they give you someone to talk to as you walk along the beach, and 5) they can just make you smile. Now, I wrote earlier about how I went to see a sunset alone. That is different. The mission was to sit and see the sunset. When you go to the beach with friends for a day or afternoon, anything is possible!
So for you all today, I am telling you all to FIND YOUR GROOVE! Finding that groove can depend on what you are doing for your particular adventure, but just roll with it and have a good time!