“Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before!” This is the opening narration of the 1960’s television show Star Trek. From the beginning of time man has had the restless desire to explore. He originally left his cave in search of food. Then he climbed the rugged terrain to see what was over the mountain. He followed rivers to oceans. He built big ships to navigate along coastlines. Eventually he (explorer and navigator Christopher Columbus) found the “New World” of the Americas while on an expedition. He proved that the earth was not flat, and you would not fall off the edge of the world. We now know that a “round world” was waiting to be discovered.
As kids, we ventured out of our backyards onto the next block. Our parents’ told us not to leave the neighborhood, but we did! For us kids, there was an adventure, a new world just waiting to be explored beyond the gate. As teenagers, a few friends and I knew the location of some old mines and decided to explore. I remember one cave in particular that we explored equipped with flashlights and a rope. About a mile into the cave we found a shaft that dropped straight down. Unable to see the bottom with our poorly lit K-Mart flashlights, we did what any curious teen would do. We tied one end of our 100′ rope to a “strong looking” 6×6 beam at the opening and dropped the other end into the deep shaft. The fact that this beam had been there for a 100 years never crossed our minds (dumb). I told my friend Ed that I would secure the rope and I was strong enough to pull him up in case the timber didn’t hold (dumber). And he trusted me? Long story short, 100 feet down and Ed was still unable to see the bottom. As he climbed up the shaft, the old timber began to crack. I yelled down to Ed to hurry as I pulled the rope releasing the pressure off the beam. I dragged Ed to safety, untied the rope from the beam and gave it a kick! The beam broke in half and fell down into the shaft for what seemed like forever before hitting the bottom. We looked at each other and said at the same time,”that was stupid!” But what an adventure!
What is life, with no adventure? It’s what makes us fill alive and vibrate. From the time of Columbus till now, men have climbed Every Mountain Peek, crossed every desert, explored the North and South Poles. Sailed the Seven Seas of the World. Now we are reaching out to the stars.
You may be saying to yourself that there is nothing left to explore. It has all been done. Do you realize that when Columbus found what the Europeans called the New World that people already lived there and been there for thousands of years. This was not a new world to them, this was home. It was only a New World to those who had just found it. Your next adventure maybe a camping trip, riding horseback, backpacking on a wilderness trail, or just to find out whats around the next bend. Perhaps loading up the RV for “destination unknown” until you get there or sailing out to one of the Channel Islands off the coast of California. Adventure doesn’t have to be somewhere unknown, just someplace you’ve never been. I’ve sailed for over 30 years only on the West Coast, then 2 years ago my Wife-to-be and I sailed the Florida Keys around Key Largo. We stayed at the Key Lime Sailing Club, “Wow” what an adventure! We are planning to go back and explore more of the Florida Keys. (www.keylimesailingclub.com)
Did you know that 71% of the world is made up of water? And that the ocean water takes up 96.5 % of all the water on Earth? That tells me there is a lot to explore out there on this world of water. You and I may never have a “starship” to explore the new worlds of space (unless your a billionaire under the age of 30), but to have a boat and sail around the world is possible. There are thousands of uninhabited islands around the world just waiting to be explored. You may not be the first to step on its’ shore, but just getting there is the adventure. Who knows, maybe you’ll be lucky enough to find buried Pirate Treasure, arrrrrghh…
No matter where we find ourselves in life, we should always find time for adventure. Sometimes we just need to blow the cobwebs out, slow down, relax, take time to smell the roses and recharge our batteries. I used to hunt on the back side of Piute Mountain just above Kelso Valley (before the giant windmills). I couldn’t wait to get there knowing I wouldn’t have phone service. “Yes! No calls for days”! And did you know the world survived without me for a few days! Facebook and all its drama will still be there when you return to civilization. If you have a family, take them on an adventure. Especially if you have teenagers that think they know it all. Then again, you might want to leave them at home. LOL.
Corona Beer has one of the best commercials on tv, “Find your Beach!” Where is your beach, your next adventure? Get out there, take some risks, find your Adventure and chase your Dreams. Turn off the tv, shut down the computer and find a place without phone service, if you can’t…turn the damn phone Off!
As my friend Bob Bitchen says, “Don’t Dream Your Life, Live Your Dream!”
By Cowboy Captain
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