“When I was a boy in Scotland, I was fond of everything that was wild”
John Muir must have had a very happy childhood because what we’ve seen of Scotland thus far was most definitely wild and that’s saying something as we’ve been spending a lot of time inside a beautiful flat on the quarter mile.
However, we learnt something very important last year in Korea and that is to make sure that we do everything in our power to have a life full of adventure, even in our own backyards.
It can be so easy to make up a thousand excuses for not getting out and exploring when you are home and in a ‘normal’ routine. There’s food shopping, laundry and house-cleaning. There are only two days of the week when you have enough time and, of course, there’s the fact that the UK is just so much more damn expensive.
But you just need to go.
Seriously, it’s as simple as that. Get in the car, get on google maps and go somewhere you’ve never been before. And guess what? You’re travelling again!
This Saturday Oli and I finished work at 2 and took James’ car out to the Scottish Coast. It was 4pm by the time we decided to go and we picked a place from google that was 35 minutes away from Edinburgh, but it was called Sea Cliff Beach, which sounded very lovely, so we went.
You might not know this but Oli and I are incredibly indecisive and although we do travel more than the average person, we make excuses all the time too. It wasn’t even that nice that day but we just went.
It was absolutely beautiful.
It was so lovely that we decided to go the next day too, this time to Bellhaven Bay.
We shared the beach with a handful of other people, but mostly it was just a big wild beach and the big wild sea. There were rugged, red cliffs and crumbling castles. Nature and civilisation seem as ancient as each other in Scotland. Oh, and in between? A perfectly manicured golf course.
We took sandwiches along with us and took a long walk along the beach to find the perfect spot to eat them, while we watched the crazy Scottish surfers brave the icy waters. Then we walked all the way along the cliffs to Dunbar and had a local ale in the Volunteer Arms.
We took a lot of pictures and Oli literally said ‘it feels like we are travelling’.
While Scotland may be a little further afield than our ‘backyard’ we are working here and could very easily find ourselves leaving again, not having seen anything but the local pubs. But that wasn’t the attitude we had in Korea and that’s not the attitude we’re going to have at home. With just a little effort and a commitment to impulsivity, we can and will have adventures. And you can too.
You may find something beautiful.
“Adventure is all around us, at all times. Even during hard financial times such as these. Times when getting out into the wild is more enjoyable, invigorating and important than ever.”
Alastair Humphreys, Microadventurer