A few years ago, I unearthed a travel journal from a month-long trip to Europe that I took in 2006. As I reviewed its pages, I was struck by just how many details of the trip I had completely forgotten. And if the memories of a once-in-a lifetime trip that was so impactful to me could fade away – how much of my day-to-day life is lost? Sensations, emotions, achievements, losses, experiences from the mundane to the exceptional, all transforming from that specific moment in time to become that day, that week, that year, that life…

As I get older and gain a better understanding of how fragile, how brief, and how precious life really is, it's become even more important to me to me experience it to its fullest and to try to retain all of those little moments that might otherwise get lost. It's with this idea that I started the process of recording these moments – a travel journal, of sorts.

A travel journal for life.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

VENTURE OUTDOORS (to a brewery and a casino)

My friend Janet and I trooped down to Point State Park today for the Venture Outdoors festival with all the best intentions of being outdoorsy and active.  And we started out with gusto! Geared up in our athletic wear and armed with bottles of water, we headed out on our great adventure.
Let the adventure begin!

First stop: bike rental station.  They were out of bikes to rent, but they informed us that the station back in town was still renting.  “Meh”, that would require walking back into town.  We forged ahead, sans-bikes.  

Next stop: kayaking station.  There were about one hundred people in line for kayaking.  “Meh”, that would require standing in line in the sun for longer than was comfortable.  We forged ahead, sans-kayaks. 

Dragon Boat
At least it was pretty!
Third stop: dragon boat station. This stop was (sort of) a success!  We made it into the boat, that was the successful bit, but it was all downhill from there.  The group that we were boating with never seemed to grasp the concepts of rhythm or timing resulting in a clamoring of paddles in the water and a fairly slow-go of things, to say the least.  It was a really pretty day on the water, though.  So there was that. 

Final stop: fishing station.  Just kidding, we didn’t even consider that one because, well, ick.

Janet won! (I didn't)
So convenient - and free!
Since it seemed we had reached our limit on outdoorsy and active, we decided to take the new North Shore connector (yay public transit in Pittsburgh!) over to a brewery for lunch and a beer followed by some gambling at the casino.

So our "Venture Outdoors" proved neither terribly outdoorsy nor active – but it was fun none-the-less and I was apparently outdoors long enough to earn my first sunburn of the season.
It doesn't take much...  Yeesh.

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