Adventures don't have to cost thousands of pounds and last for six months. I set up Living In The Weekend at the start of 2017 with the aim of inspiring others to live a life of adventure, even if only at the weekend. Since then I've been sharing my ideas of how you can turn the concept of Living For the Weekend on it's head and make the most of the 60 hours between 5pm Friday and 9am on Monday.
Take an adventure with your Mum
Adventures are not always about the places you go and the things you see but the people who you share the journey with. This weekend why not invite your Mum to go and explore somewhere together.
To make it a bit more of an adventure:
1. Go somewhere you've never been
2. Choose a place with history and/or it's own unique story
3. Take the challenging route
4. Put together an epic picnic.
A brief note on our walk
Mum and I set out to tackle the perimeter of the Derwent Valley reservoirs and Ladybower Dam, with a great picnic.
The Derwent reservoir in Derbyshire is famous for being one of the practice sites for Barnes Wallis' Bouncing Bombs. The Bombs were used by Guy Gibsdon and his main for the raid of the dams of the Ruhr Valley in World War Two. It's unique because it's set in a natural basin which made it challenging for planes to get in and out in time. In the west tower of the Derwent Valley Da, there is a museum which houses a collection of Dambusters memorabilia.
When it was created they flooded two villages, which as you can imagine was pretty controversial. You can find images online of the villages 'drowned' underneath it.
Our walk was super challenging because I had thought it was going to be 10 miles but it was actually 17! Oops. It did however mean that we had plenty of time to chat. Choosing a place of historical interest gave Mum the opportunity to share what my grandparents had recollected to her about the war, stories which don't always come out in everyday conversation.
We also chatted about adventures and as the miles ticked on how walking was a great way to see the world and how it can actually be a pretty incredible challenge. My mum has always been an adventurer at heart and dreams of visiting Antarctica one day. It's a pretty epic adventure idea, to visit Antarctica by boat. She always sighs when she speaks about it as she says it's very expensive so she will probably never go. For as long as I can remember she has talked about Scott and Shackleton. I know that Antarctica is pretty far out of the realms of most people's adventures but I have to admit the thought of it is pretty exciting.
Our adventure had three of my four of my recommended components: a place of historical interest, a challenging route and an epic picnic!
This weekend, why not arrange to go for a walk, just you and your Mum?