Adventure is out there, at least according to the characters in the beloved Pixar film “Up.” I hope you’re willing to go find it.
While hunters may be cursing the 60-degree weather the Sheridan area has enjoyed over the last few weeks, others have been reveling in the opportunity to pull one or two more adventure’s out of the sun’s warm rays.
While the level of enjoyment created by trekking on the mountain, cycling down local pathways and trails or taking that boat out one more time before the snow and cold weather sets in tops most feelings, exploring the outdoors in all kinds of weather offers unique opportunities.
Let me be clear — I’m not saying you should endanger yourself or others if the weather is too nasty to step outside.
But, don’t let a little cold, snow or rain hamper your adventurous spirit.
Longer periods of rain and snow will certainly make an appearance in the area soon. Many will use those factors as reasons to hunker down inside. But, have you ever seen the mountains through a misty rain? Have you ever heard the trees creek and sway in the wind while a blanket of snow muffles the rest of the sounds of the world?
You cannot enjoy all that our outdoor amenities have to offer from your couch.
So, grab a set of snowshoes and partake in the easiest outdoor winter sport. Or, strap on a set of skis for cross-country adventures. Other options include fat biking, snowmobiling, simple walks in town and so much more. Take it all in.
As an outdoor enthusiast — albeit one that spends an insane amount of time inside working and completing graduate school assignments — I am a member of REI, a favorite outdoor store and co-op. They have an amazing marketing campaign underway right now. It’s clever, inspiring and makes me want to head into the wilderness.
The premise is simple: #OptOutside. The REI stores across the country will not be open on Black Friday. Instead, the company is asking folks to opt for outdoor adventure. Their tagline? “Will you go out with us?”
Ah, perfect. Who doesn’t want to say yes to a date that includes breathtaking scenery, the creation of lifelong memories and the calming effects of nature.
As of Tuesday around noon, more than 1.7 million people have said they plan to #OptOutside.
Sure, you could argue that navigating the herds of shoppers on Black Friday — ugh, or even Thanksgiving — is an adventure all its own. But, it’s one more filled with stress and chaos than I would choose.
Sheridan and the area has many options and locations to explore.
Adventure is out there; what will yours entail?