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It's time for adventure.
The "micro" doesn't have to be the adventure of a lifetime, it is certainly less ambitious but no less fun and much more accessible.
The one that awaits you at the end of the street, for a few hours or a few days; an evening of the week or a long weekend.
And for the spell of the micro-adventure to work, it is preferable to prepare it, a little.
Before leaving, you need to choose.Choose to discover what is hidden outside your city, choose to climb the mountain that's winking at you from your balcony, choose to walk the paths of your childhood with your friends, choose to canoe on the river next door to your house and be happy, choose the place, the natural resources near to you, and how you want to build your experience ...
And if your desire for escape is not tied to a particular place, surf the internet, and take a look at the list of national and regional parks to help you. Or, unfold a map, and, locate green areas, natural parks, forests, lakes, mark the altitudes, the density of the road network, the number of villages and you will have a small idea of the areas where it will be possible to listen to birds and admire the stars. Finally, to refine your searches and polish your appetite for greenery, consult the websites of the tourist offices corresponding to these areas, they are often very useful for detecting points of interest.
What makes the micro-adventure special is its spontaneity. Combine what you have on hand with your desire for nature. For example, you have an inflatable stand up paddle in your garage and a lake within reach, check the conditions and if it's ok, take the train to your destination with your paddle in a backpack or slide it in the boot of the car for an experience you won't forget. If you don’t have a paddle board, you have at least a pair of shoes and a desire to explore, so the combination works every time.
If you are planning to start your mini-adventure a little further from home, explore the twists and turns of your memory, think of pretty places you would like to gaze at, point to one of them on a map and off you go...By train, car, balloon, it's up to you to decide which means of transport is best suited to approach this little piece of land that you want to go to. The idea is to place the starting point a good distance from the place of your dreams.
Example:you leave for two days walking and you have this small lake perched high in a corner of your head to bivouac, so place the starting point at 15/20/25 km from the lake depending on the difference in altitude, your shape, the weather, people accompanying you, etc. By bike, count between 40/80 km between the starting point and the finishing point. Everything will depend on the same factors as above, but also on the quality of the terrain. You will not escape the fact that you drive much slower on a stony road than on an tarmac velvet strip.
Ideally a mini-adventure is: spiced up with surprises (?!) Is embellished with unexpected detours (...), discovering all kinds of things (?) And if possible, it ends with a beautiful end (.). For example, take a nice hike with friends, have fun on the trails, with more or less elevation, and then end this odyssey with the climax of a summit or a mountain pass, the highest point of your day. Magnificent view!!!
Is your mini-adventure a loop which starts from your living room? No problem.It ends where it started, the bike can resume its vertical position.
On the other hand, if your getaway place is a little further from home, be sure that your return trip is not an extra adventure! Finishing on a high note therefore implies that between the departure and the return point, things are simple. You go a few kilometres to take a train, a bus, a carpool and that's it! The spirit of a mini-adventure implies that there's a taste for simplicity, including the transport. Three train changes to return home do not really fit with “mini" -adventure.
Finding a nice bivouac spot or a nice campsite is not that easy to find. Take the lead.As you plan the route, take a look at the accommodation near your route. To do this, consult the maps in your possession, the guides, the websites of the tourist offices. You can also call them for more details.
Depending on the pace of your getaway, the weather, minor setbacks ... the distance travelled may not be at all what you imagined before the departure. So consider a place to sleep, it will allow you to be more flexible and serene if the trip deviates from the theory! Mark the bivouac areas, campsites, shelters, guest houses and other types of accommodation on the map you are taking and / or write their contact details on a piece of paper. History of falling into the arms of Morpheus in peace.
You are now ready to touch the landscapes of your region, your country, oh my country! Ready to embark on an adventure qualified as "mini" for its sobriety, but which could well have great effects on your life as it is good to absorb your body and mind in this immense and majestic thing that makes us and makes us live, nature!
*In any case, it is better to take a small first aid kit with paracetamol, dressings, compresses, straps, plasters for blisters, cream for insect bites, a tick remover, scissors, needles and a survival blanket.