Allison Burney

"To live will be an awfully big adventure." - Peter Pan

Why We Should Be Saying “YES” to More Adventures

“And then I remembered: Adventures are the best way to learn.”

My experience so far is that it’s absolutely true.

Adventure is by far the best way to learn something new, stretch yourself, and grow as a person in the process.

Any kind of adventure will do, and there are so many to choose from that lack of adventure should be near impossible if you really let yourself be open to it.

Memories Are Made

One of my most memorable adventures happened back in September.

My mom, sister and I went on the boat-ride-kind-of-adventure.


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The task: to maneuver our way through two locks in The Trent Severn Waterway canal system (one we’d never ventured to before), successfully navigate through two unfamiliar lakes, locate “a floating dock with a bright yellow slide” on Cameron Lake, and spot a red canoe waiting for us on the dock of our destination cottage.

Not only did we do this successfully, but when we finally arrived three hours after setting out, hot coffee and friendly faces of family awaited us.

It may not have been the best day for a boat adventure, given that we were all a bit frozen stepping onto the dock – but the effort was certainly rewarded. The short visit we had with family was well worth the 6-hour journey by boat.

Doubt Sets In

Before setting out on this adventure, we had jokingly mentioned the possibility a few weeks back while talking about plans to get together with family while they were on holiday at a cottage. Not certain that we felt comfortable attempting it, we remained undecided for a few days, doubting that we could really do this.

“Maybe this is stupid,” my mom started to wonder, out loud, as we were discussing it again the night before.

That’s when I knew we had to do it.

For adventures are never stupid. They’re what memories are made of. They’re where the best stories come from.

All the adventures I’ve ever been on were time well spent, and that day’s wasn’t any different.

I got to see familiar sights and shoreline with new eyes. I scanned new and unfamiliar shoreline as well, picking out my favourite monster house up on the hill and cozy little cottage along the way.

I noticed the warmth of the sun when it appeared briefly between breaks in the clouds. I took deep breaths, smelling the way the air and lake water mix.

And I learned some things that day as well.

There’s Always A Lesson

I learned to trust in my ability to navigate us through unfamiliar lakes. I learned to look for landmarks to help guide us. I learned more about how the locks work, and about the different types of locks.

I learned never to stand directly above a dead fish and breathe normally. (Or that when you stand directly above a dead fish, you shouldn’t breathe in at all.)

I learned that just because the calendar says it’s still summer, it doesn’t mean the weather will be representative of that. This lesson, I admit, is one I seem to need to repeat often…

But most of all:

Whether your adventure turns out completely wrong or absolutely perfectly – you will have won.

Keep adventuring. Keep learning. And remember:

Where have your adventures taken you recently?

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About Allison Burney

I’m a coffee-addicted writer with a passion for anything and everything travel or adventure-related. I love reading, both for pleasure and to learn something new. I’m on a mission to never stop learning, growing, challenging myself, and being the best me I can be.

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