It's easy to get caught up in the idea that we need to be climbing mountains, exploring caves, or pushing ourselves to our physical limits when we go hiking. We see it all over social media and if we're not doing something equally as aesthetically pleasing, what's the point?
Today The Adventure Bus took us on a gentle snowshoe, and it was one of my favourites I have done with them. It was mostly flat, a big change from most of the hikes I have done with them in the past, and the intent was simply to enjoy being outside more than it was to reach a destination.
On the snowshoe Meg and I were talking about this and how the Adventure Bus is likely going to start offering more of these gentle hikes in little known places. She acknowledged that a lot of the hikes they do, you don't NEED a guide to do it. We don't really have a lot of highly technical terrain around here. People go with the Adventure Bus to learn new locations, meet new people, or find the motivation to get outside. I'd agree. I could do all of the hikes I've done with the Adventure Bus without them, and many of them I have, but I would be missing the most important aspect of going with the Adventure Bus Tours; the community.
The Adventure Bus has created a community of people who share a common interest. It doesn't matter your age, gender, what your profession is, where you live, or your physical fitness level. You just have to enjoy being outdoors and willing to put in the effort to hike or snowshoe.
Today one of the adventurer's went for their first ever snowshoe. She did great, though some adjustments were needed on her snowshoes before she could get cruising along. Meg and James helped with setting up her snowshoes and getting them back on when one fell off.
Most of the hikes I have been on with the Adventure Bus have at least three people I know from previous trips. Today was no exception. We share stories of what we've been up to, where we want to hike next, what is on our list for summer excursions. We develop friendships through our adventures. The shared physical exertion and celebration of accomplishment creates community that I have only found in adventuring. To be fair though, I was never involved in sports; I imagine that feeling of community is easily found in sports as well.
We trudged along, basking in the glorious sunshine and great company. We tried to guess what made tracks in the snow, with no definitive answer. Meg told us about lichen and shared some safety tips relating to being on ice and dangerous trees. Joanne learned to use the ice drill to test the ice depth. It was really just a great day. The ease of the snowshoe allowed us to take our time, talk, and enjoy the process rather than pushing to reach a certain destination. The change of pass was just what I needed.
So yeah, you may not need a guide. You may be capable of hiking alone but if you ever feel like you could use a community, I highly suggest you try an Adventure Bus adventure. Who knows, someone might just show up with donuts for everyone.