Ten Tips for Adventure
Feeling a little desperate for something different and fall-esque I decided to take a brief jaunt around central Iowa and do a little exploring. I had a place in mind that I found in the paper a few weeks ago in an article recommending peaceful nature parks in the area.
|Basically the terrain I was driving around for a solid two hours to find this place.|
Anyway, I’m going to take this opportunity to offer ten tips about adventuring alone in the wilderness alone.
1. Have your phone fully charged.
Please have your phone fully charged. And if you plan on being somewhere remote with less than adequate reception, turn it on airplane mode and conserve your battery. (It also doesn’t hurt to make sure that your GPS is on because “Find my iPhone” saved this woman’s life a few days ago.)
2. Don’t listen to music, listen to the nature.
You’ll get more out of the experience and you’ll be hyper aware of your surroundings.
3. Walking into a spider web on the trail is a good thing.
Spiders usually spin their webs in the morning and you’re in a state park and having run-ins with them, it’s a pretty good indicator that no one has been that way for a while. Proceed with caution but also with a little ease because you shouldn’t run into anyone.
4. If it’s your first time in an area, don’t stray too far from the path.
Not only is it technically illegal but it can be dangerous. Trails usually avoid impossible terrain; it’s just a thing. (Seriously, do not stand on the edge of the cliff especially if you are alone. This is also misleading,a s there are no cliffs in Iowa but still.)
5. If you don’t know what poison ivy looks like, don’t risk finding out the hard way.
Same goes for anything that might be poisonous so don’t eat berries, taste leaves, try mushrooms, or lick the moss on the north side of that really big tree. You won’t even get a good story out of that, just a lot of shame and regret.
6. Bring pepper spray.
In a pinch, it will slow down most malicious mammals. (Effectivity on the supernatural and mythological beings is still unknown.)
7. Be aware of the land you’re on.
I can now say, from personal experience, that standing on an Indian burial ground does feel very unlike standing in most other places.
|Here’s that skirt, I actually picked it up from Goodwill earlier that day because I thought it would fit well.|