Some of these adventures are very vague and foggy in our minds, but others are starting to emerge from the mist. Either way, here’s five of the coolest, craziest, grandest adventures from out bucket list!
The White Mountain, rising like Olympus above the Serengeti. This 8-day, 45 mile hike carries you through 5 completely different biomes from tropical rainforest to mountain heath, and from moorland through high desert into arctic. The trail rises from around 6000 feet to 19341 feet above sea level. We’re not sure why, but this has always been on the top of the list, so Kilimanjaro will be the Roaming Parkers’ Grand Adventure for January 2018!
Canoe the Mississippi River
Old Man River, The Mighty Mississip starts out as a trickle at Lake Itasca in Minnesota and it winds its way 2300 miles through ten states to become the behemoth that the Algonquin called, Great River! If we can figure out the logistics and weather and scheduling and financing of this trek, it might just wind up being our 2019 Grand Adventure!
Bike-pack from Mississippi to Oregon
Probably more likely to be trike-packing with recumbent cycles – but we’ll see. This would be an epic journey that would carry us 2300 miles through ten states (5 of which we’ve never visited) while gaining a total of more than 46000 feet in elevation! Google estimates this to be a 191 hour ride, which could maybe be done in 20-30 days (one way).
This Grand Adventure would culminate in a visit to Farragut State Park (home of the 1969 Scout Jamboree) and by riding the insanely beautiful Route of the Hiawatha bike trail in Idaho. If we can wrap our minds around this trip and screw our courage to the sticking place, this could be our Grand Adventure sometime around 2021!
Hike the Continental Divide
This is another one of those adventures that has always appealed to me and I’m not sure why. Perhaps it’s the idea that we could stand on the very top of the continent and pee into both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans at the same time 😉
This would be a 3100 mile walk through five U.S. states and most of the folks that thru-hike it take about 6 months to do it. It’d be super-hard to commit 6 months to a project any time soon, but this could be a truly epic journey for sometime around 2022.
Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail
Who’s up for a paddling trip from Pensacola 1500 miles around the perimeter of Florida to Jacksonville? I am! This would be about a 4 month trip that would be a perfect way to spend an entire winter. Like the above, It’d be hard to commit 4 months to a canoe trip, but maybe around 2023.
What’s the use of dreaming about stuff that’s easy to do right now right where you are?