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Remembering a nice November Hike at Fingers Lake State Park

Father Son Hike Fingers Lake State Park
Father Son Hike Fingers Lake State Park

Hiking Fingers Lake State Park

In a world where social media feeds overflow with breathtaking vistas and adrenaline-pumping escapades, it's easy to fall into the trap of believing that every adventure must be grandiose to be worthwhile. But what if we took a step back and appreciated the beauty in the seemingly mundane? What if we found joy in the simple moments spent with loved ones in the great outdoors?

Reflecting on the past year, I've come to realize the immense value of what I like to call "micro adventures." These are the less extravagant escapades that may not make it onto our Instagram feeds or boast epic tales, but they hold a special place in our hearts nonetheless. It's about finding a balance between the everyday and the extraordinary, much like Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.

Just as Maslow's pyramid suggests, our experiences should be built upon a strong foundation. This foundation comprises the seemingly mundane yet essential interactions—like a leisurely walk or a modest hike—that lay the groundwork for greater adventures.

Sunlight through the trees on Fingers Lake hikibng trail
Sunlight through the trees on Fingers Lake hiking trail

One such micro adventure that stands out in my memory took place at Finger Lakes State Park near Columbia, Missouri. It wasn't a grand expedition to a far-off land but rather a simple rendezvous with one of my favorite outdoor companions—my son, David. Surrounded by hiking trails, serene fishing ponds, and inviting riding trails, the park provided the perfect backdrop for a day of bonding amidst nature's splendor.

What struck me most about this experience was the sheer joy and contentment it brought. As someone who tends to go overboard with everything, embracing the simplicity of this outing was a revelation. There was no need for elaborate plans or extravagant gear—just a shared love for the outdoors and each other's company.

In a world where bigger often seems better, it's easy to overlook the beauty of these smaller moments. But it's these micro adventures that foster genuine connections and cherished memories. They're an opportunity to slow down, savor the present, and appreciate the beauty in simplicity.

Moreover, these low-key experiences serve as a reminder that adventure doesn't always have to be adrenaline-fueled or Instagram-worthy. It's about finding joy in the journey, regardless of its scale or scope. Whether it's a leisurely stroll through a local park or an impromptu fishing trip with family, every adventure has the potential to leave a lasting impact.

Lake at Fingers Lake State Park
Lake at Fingers Lake State Park

As I continue to embrace the beauty of micro adventures, I encourage you to do the same. Find a mix of experiences that speak to your soul and make the most of each moment, whether big or small. Because in the end, it's not the scale of the adventure that matters but the memories we create and the connections we forge along the way.


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