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Invent a Silly Reason to Get Outside

Aaron McHugh

I think simple impromptu adventures are the easiest to coordinate-no planning, no agenda and no big goal to accomplish. I like to invent silly reasons to get outside. On a snowy day, my buddy Kyle and I packed some warm clothes, a small stove and a couple of $.15 packs of Ramen Noodles. Our only goal was to go for a hike and find a fun place to cook Ramen noodles on our small backpacking stove. In winter, the trails here in Colorado are quiet and empty of crowds. Which means that you don’t have to walk very far to be removed from your busy life.

Ramen Noodles on the summit with the MSR Pocket Rocket stove
Ramen Noodles on the summit with the MSR Pocket Rocket stove
Kyle leading the charge up Eagle Peak
Kyle leading the charge up Eagle Peak

Here are a few ideas for you to get outside this winter and invent a silly reason to have a Ramen Noodle adventure.

  • Skip carrying a stove. Boil enough water and fill up a thermos.
  • Use Styrofoam coffee cups with lids.
  • Pre-mix up your Ramen Noodles or Cup of Soup at home. Combine the ingredients. It makes it easier than opening tiny little packets with cold fingers and trash blowing away.
  • Bring some tunes. Pack in a small Bluetooth speaker to pump some Christmas music.
  • Turn off your cell phone. By disconnecting from the outside world for a few hours, you’ll be in the present moment.
  • No snow? No hill to climb? I’ve done this same adventure at the beach or a park. You don’t like soup? Great cook up some coffee or tea and read your favorite children’s book to your kids. The point is to invent a reason to get outside, be with the people you love and get off the digital grid.

This post is an excerpt from the Field Guide: 99 Ways to Navigate Your Best Life. Download the full guide here.

The Summit register on an adjoining peak to Eagle Peak
The Summit register on an adjoining peak to Eagle Peak