Are You Killing Your Spirit of Adventure On Social Media?
Are You Killing Your Spirit of Adventure On Social Media? You might be doing it without even thinking about it.
If you have ever read the ManCamping blog before you will undoubtedly know that we are not big fans of a ton planning and we love mistakes and mishaps. Mostly because they end up taking you on an adventure that you never saw coming. They will make you more skilled, keep you on your toes thinking creatively to fix them, give you a better story to tell and will probably be the most memorable trips you will ever take. Embrace these trips! The dangerous mistakes aren’t good, but they do make some of the best stories. (Just saying). But there is one mistake that is being made before people even set off on their journeys and it’s killing the spirit for adventure.
“Quit asking for every little detail of your route or trip on social media!”
We all love social media. Hell, some of us live on social media! But some people are taking things too far and it’s killing your spirit for adventure. Planning a wilderness adventure can be so much fun. Pouring over maps (and pouring a nice scotch while you’re at it), deciphering paddling and portage distances can take up hours without even trying and we love it. Some basic planning is one thing, but don’t go too far down this rabbit hole.
Here are the basics that we do plan when it comes our canoe routes:
- What is our starting point and how many days do we have?
- Does Johnny have the hall pass from his wife? (Is he allowed to go? Zing!)
- What is the route that we want to follow? (Do we have the skills and abilities to do this route or can we at least fake it well? Lol)
- What gear do we need to need to bring?
It’s absolutely acceptable to ask for advice on some of these things from your friends and others with experience. However, the part that kills your spirit of adventure is when you ask for too many details. Don’t ask for others opinions, don’t ask about the water levels, don’t ask what the portages are like. Go find out for yourself – It’s all part of the adventure you are about to go on. It’s like asking for directions; It’s not good for the soul or one’s health. <— I am positive there is science behind that statement somewhere lol.
I see people on Facebook, Twitter and many other platforms asking for advice on specifically which campsite is the best one on such and such lake. What can I expect to see on this route? What are the best fishing spots? What is the water level like? How bad are the bugs? You already know what your experience is going to be like before you go an experience it. Seems rather lame. Doesn’t it?
I know this may sound weird coming from a blog that chronicles our trips for the public, but we do our best not to tell you exactly where we camped or how to get to a point of interest. We try to keep some mystery there for you.
Instead of knowing every little detail of what you will see and do, why not try setting out on an adventure that will surprise you. Sometimes in a good way, sometimes bad. Coming across a waterfall that you didn’t know was there is one of the great things about exploring the wilderness. Finding the perfect secluded lagoon to go for a swim or skinny dip! Pulling up to a campsite that has the perfect breeze to keep away the bugs, a beautiful fire pit and … wait for it…. A pre-cut leftover pile of wood from the last people to use the site. You can’t possibly appreciate these things or have the wonder and excitement of finding them when you already knew they were there. Our last canoe trip we had the wonderful surprise of finding a campsite with seven, yes read that again, seven thunder-boxes. (Thunder-boxi? – Is there a specific plural to Thunder-box?) That was special.
I won’t even get into the whole LNT (Leave No Trace) side of things with overcrowding and over use – or touch on the over run places that have been leaked out to the general public and have now ruined my wife’s topless tanning spots! That is a story for another day, but you can see why a man would be upset right?
From now on, if anyone asks me for a great campsite or some really detailed info…. You’re going to get false info. Kind of like asking a fisherman for their best location. I will do my best to keep the spirit of adventure alive! Singlehandedly!
You might think I am a jerk. However:
- Your spirit of adventure will thank me.
- The look on people’s faces when I tell them stories of the fire breathing tiger that guards the portage – will be priceless.
I hope more people will follow my lead and keep the spirit of adventure exploration alive. Go exploring and find your own experience instead of someone else’s.
Would love to hear your thoughts on this below in the comments.