My word for these past few months has been present. I’m trying to be fully present and make the most of where I am. I just want to go on an adventure…but everything costs money *rolls eyes* or requires a chunk of time I just don’t have. So, I’ve been trying to brainstorm different, unique ways to immerse myself into my surroundings.
HERE IS WHAT I DID, YOU GUYS (I’M SURE YOU’RE DYING TO KNOW).
I got a map, put a dot on itty bitty White Oak, TX and drew a 100-mile radius around it. When I have a day off, I plan on going on an adventure and exploring the towns that fall within those 100 miles, one town at a time.
I know, I know. GENIUS! I should’ve been in GT *rolls eyes*
As I’ve mentioned before, it’s easy to get wrapped up in where we’re not. As a result, we miss out on exciting opportunities because we’re dwelling on the things we don’t have (time, money, and resources).
LOOK, we might not live in Houston or Austin (those places are bumpin’) but that doesn’t mean our adventure life is hopeless! There ARE things to do right where we are (or at least in the vicinity). They may not be blatantly obvious to the naked eye, but we can totally go on an adventure if we want!
We just might have to get a little creative about it.
I’m super tired of letting my lack of time, money, and resources keep me from experiencing life the way it’s meant to be experienced.
“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” —Eleanor Roosevelt
We each only have a limited amount of time on Planet Earth. HOW DO WE WANT TO SPEND IT????
As for me, I want to go on an adventure every chance I get. I don’t want to get sucked into a mundane schedule that revolves around eating, sleeping, and working (maybe let’s ignore the fact I’d actually be 100% okay with a life revolved around eating, HAHAHA).
What kind of life is that, you guys? NOT A FUN ONE!!!!!!!
There is so much to love, to taste, to experience. Exploration doesn’t have to involve the 7 Wonders of the World. There are wonders to be seen and touched in our backyards, right under our noses.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make memories either. You just need to be in good company and have an eager spirit.
This past weekend, my friend Tanner and I made a (mostly) spur of the moment trip to Caddo Lake. It’s about an hour or so away and is the oldest natural lake in Texas. We didn’t spend more than $60 and that covered gas, canoeing, lunch, hiking in the state park, and a swamp tour!
PRETTY NEAT, RIGHT!?
I’m a bargain buyer. Y’all know that. I’m as frugal as it gets. I mean…this is the girl who will take MONTHS spending a $25.00 gift card to ensure I’m able to buy as many books as possible. I WILL GET THEM WHEN I GET THEM.
Tanner took the following photos (he’s really talented) and you can like his Facebook page here (you know you want to).
SIDE NOTE: I’ve actually been to Caddo Lake before but it has been YEARS. We stayed in a lake house for my cousin’s birthday party once and it was literally one of the best parties I’ve ever been to.
Anyway, there were cyprus trees covered in Spanish moss EVERYWHERE. The experience was absolutely breathtaking. It’s hard to believe we have something this “Jurassic Park-ish” (Tanner’s words) here in East Texas…BUT WE DO!
“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” —Confucius
The tour guide (S/O to Captain Ron) said something about there being trees that were thousands of years old????????? What??????? HOW COOL IS THAT!?!? Unless he was lying…but I don’t think he was! LOL! It is totally worth the trip if you’re ever in the area. I’d recommend making a weekend out of it if you’re able to! If you want to do the swamp tour, buy tickets online beforehand to make sure you get a spot!
For those of you who are bored and looking to go on adventure but are limited on time, money, and resources, I feel ya. I’m right there with you.
Branch out and see what’s happening in the surrounding towns! We are all perfectly capable of making the most of where we are. We just need a willingness to do so.
It doesn’t have to be anywhere fancy! You don’t need an entire weekend or a lot of money.
Start finding little ways to have fun and be fully present. Grab some friends, pick a town nearby, and just go on an adventure.
Life can be as fun or as dull as you choose to make it. You might as well choose to make it FUN!
If you’re in the East Texas area, here are the towns on my list:
- Jefferson, TX
- Uncertain, TX
- Tyler, TX
- Nacogdoches, TX
- Longview, TX
- Kilgore, TX
- Canton, TX
- Edom, TX
- Ben Wheeler, TX
- Bullard, TX
- Mt. Pleasant, TX
- Palestine, TX
- Jacksonville, TX
- Carthage, TX
Jacksonville is the Tomato Capital of the World.
Nacogdoches is home to Texas’ largest azalea garden and (I think) it’s the oldest town in Texas? Maybe I made that up. Sorry.
Edom has blueberries and cute shopping centers.
These towns are right under our noses and we never even knew! At least…I didn’t…BUT I KNOW NOW AND I’M GOING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEM!
Adventure really is out there (yes, even in East Texas), you just have to go find it.
Go experience the world (or at least your corner of it). Make memories today because tomorrow isn’t guaranteed.
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