5 hours ago
The solo adventurer is romanticized.
Alone in the Wilderness, Into the Wild, Free Solo. A lot of adventure stories idealize the individual who conquers the elements on their own.
Through personal experience I have learned first hand that it's not all that it's cracked up to be.
I crave shared experiences. I need community. I enjoy working as a team.
In the last 5 days I biked 425 miles and gained 13,200 feet in elevation across the state of Washington.
Although the landscapes were stunning, and the physical challenge rewarding, hands down what I will remember most will be the people I met. The people who pedaled with me over a mountain pass as it snow, who made me laugh until I almost fell off my bike, who cheered me on when I was low, and who surrounded me with positivity.
Christopher McCandless was right, "happiness is shared." I'll choose adventure buddies over solo adventures any day.
Oh, also, happiness can be a dozen donuts after you rode across the state.