During the week, my exploring and adventuring is limited.
I share a car with my fiancé, and he works Monday through Friday, 8-4 at the very earliest, with a 40 minute drive home. I go for a walk around my neighborhood and go sit by the lake in my apartment complex, but that’s the extent of the exploring during the week. Weekday adventuring will be something that I have to plan and prepare for, and since this is my first week of living life looking for more, I wasn’t prepared.
Turns out, I wasn’t really prepared for the weekend either.
I assumed that it would be easy to go out and do some exploring. I mean, I have the car, I have the time, I’m ready to rock and roll, right?
Something I wasn’t expecting to experience: I don’t really know how to explore anymore.
What do you do? Do you just get in the car and drive? Do you have a destination in mind? Do you just see where the drive takes you? What do I do with my hands right now? I was thinking I could just get out of the house and go onwards to adventure, but I realized pretty quickly that either I’m overthinking it or I’m underprepared (And let’s be real, it’s probably both)
In thinking about it, there’s three types of exploring really: the long trips, the day trips and the spontaneous drives.
The long trips are your overnighters. The road trips out of state, the plane rides, anything where you sleep not at your house, those are all overnighters. The goal is to get these into rotation soon, but we are not even close to there yet. As Bob Wiley says in What About Bob?: baby steps.
And on that note, many of my references are going to come from 80’s movies because my dude is an 80’s babe through and through. He loves his Bill Murray, Tom Hanks, and Jon Hughes, so we watch them a lot. I love me some comedy, so expect plenty of those references as well. I pretty much can live my life through movie quotes.
Anyways, segue number one out of the way and we’re back to the types of exploring.
The day trips are those destinations you can hit up in a few hours and still be back to sleep in your own bed. In Florida, there’s plenty of day trip places, but you still need to prepare to go to them. Wake up early, pack some food, have a day free, etc. The beaches are only about 30 minutes away from me, but I was not prepared for that today either. It was 10am, I had to be back by 1pm, and this was just a quick little trip.
Which brings us to today’s adventures: the spontaneous drive.
This is when you just get in the car and go. Maybe you have a destination in mind or maybe you just drive through the streets of your neighborhood and look at the houses.
Today, I used an app called Randonautica to guide me. And yall, this app is so ridiculously cool. It works through quantum points, which I cannot explain anymore about because I am not a quantum physicist, I’m a chick who likes the mystical and unexplainable. It doesn’t mean I can explain it. Basically, you tell the app your location and you focus really strongly on your intent (aka what it is you’re looking to see) and it plots a point on your map based on that.
If you’re reading this and second guessing it, I totally get it. But y’all, it works. It’s shown my fiancé and I things relating to us that we can’t even begin to explain, and it’s almost like a treasure hunt because yes, it gives you an exact point, but that doesn’t mean it’s right there. It takes some digging to find exactly what it’s trying to show you.
For my first solo Randonautica experience, I decided to stick to the car. I didn’t want to be getting out and walking through people’s yards and other places by myself, so I kept it light. I went to four different points and drove around for about an hour. It was nice to get out of the house and feel like I have a sense of freedom. It wasn’t the grand adventure that I’m so desperately wanting to find, but it was a solid first day.
For next week, I’m going to plan a day trip for the weekend, and try to get in some random drives throughout the week. My main focus right now is not to find myself and the meaning of life right away, though it would be nice, but to get back into the groove of exploring and learn to be comfortable not knowing where I am or where I’m going.