A New Kind of Adventure

July 24, 2013


A couple weeks ago Jeremy revealed to me that he had been planning on surprising me in January 2014 with an arctic trek through Norway, complete with sled dogs and northern lights. But then I got pregnant. Which is precisely why I wasn’t interested in baby-making for so long in the first place. That, and the “just you wait” attitude that seems to bind disheveled and bitter moms together – like a club of prisoners of war – competing for who’s been tortured the worst. Even now I find that I can’t get too terribly excited without someone (myself at times, included) warning me of the potential misery that lies ahead. These promises of long and painful labors that will result in C-sections, epidurals, and vaginal reconstruction, sore boobs, no sleep, a wrecked body, and no sex, are beginning to feel more like curses and hexes than disaster preparedness or cautionary tales. But that isn’t really what this post is about.

This post is about the fact that instead of trekking through arctic snow with Huskies, outfitted in waterproof down gear, I will be on an adventure that is becoming a mom. I get that it won’t be easy and that there is little room for fantasy. But I know myself well enough to know that I will take it one step at a time – that like climbing to the top of the tallest peak in Poland on busted knees – and like trekking to breath-taking heights in Nepal with a Kumbhu cold and no appetite – I will find beauty in the beasts along the way and I will delight in the view from the top.

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Jeremy and I are on our way home from a week long vacation on Lake Superior, in the upper peninsula of Michigan, at Liz’s family cabin. We laid on warm sand, dipped in cold lakes, drove a jet ski (which made me feel like Lara Croft), sipped on San Pelligrino’s, rode beach cruisers around a quaint car-free island, and shared stories around fires under full moons. It was a steady and constant balance of completely relaxing and honest fun. It got me daydreaming of the kinds of travels, in a literal sense, that we’ll be taking once the bean is here. I hope this baby is up for an adventure.

Links to blogs with adventuring families for inspiration is welcome.

Pictures above of me and Jeremy taken by Liz. You can read her blog here and follow her Instagram here. I Instagrammed lots of our Michigan trip here as well. 

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