Adventure is out there… a weekend away from the world (well, from wifi, phone reception and tv)

10 Feb

A weekend away... Conversation Pieces blog

Sometimes you need to get away from it all… to switch off the world for a while, and go exploring.

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Two weekends ago, we did just that. We drove off into the middle of nowhere* and went somewhere with no wifi, almost no phone reception and no TV. A very modern adventure indeed!

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We showed up in the middle of a mini blizzard and woke up to a fresh blanket of white, crisp stuff.

(Edinburgh had been sorely lacking in snow so to say that I was delighted would be a complete understatement.)

And amazing skies… with wisps of clouds almost painted onto them.

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Ok, so ‘nowhere’ is actually a beautiful little wooden bothy in the middle of field, near Dumfries.

But it felt like an expedition into the unknown. (Certainly the first weekend I have been without my mobile phone in maybe forever.)

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We woke up to a different world of blue skies and all this untouched snow… and so much silence.

Gorgeous, perfect, beautiful silence. The kind where you can actually hear yourself think.

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So there was only one thing to do… make like Shackleton and get trekking.

He wore the exact same wellies, you know.**

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So off we went through scenery that we later wrote poems and songs about their epic beauty.**

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Then we happened on these strange tracks… who or what could have made these?

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And spotted some very unusual creatures, not native to our shores.

(By that, I mean the shores of Leith.)

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And then over the hill… we reached the summit.

I think we both just stood stock still and stared.

Silently appreciating this beautiful view…

Well, as silently as you can while taking photos!

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After which, we had to perfect our National Geographic cover shots.

For when they come a-calling.

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I’m not entirely sure my explorer shot is as convincing… explorers do wear pink pom pom hats right?

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And like all good explorers before us, we brought a sledge. A red plastic sledge.

Exactly the same sledge as Scott of the Antarctic had.**

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Turns out sledging isn’t quite as easy as we’d remembered it being…

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And my ‘landings’ need a lot of work. Yes, tipping yourself off the sledge at the bottom of the hill is not the most graceful of finishes.

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After the big success of my sledging, I did an installation piece in the snow…

Turns out falling backwards into snow and waving your arms about is an utterly ridiculous way to spend 5 minutes of your life. Utterly ridiculous and brilliant.

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And star jumps… it’s a little known fact that all explorers do this.**

(Yeah, ok, I’m beginning to see why the sheep are terrified of us!)

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Then we headed back to base camp…

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De-wellied. (That’s a word right?)

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Made some tea. Had some biscuits. It’s what Ranulph Fiennes would do.

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24 hours later, we returned to the real world…

… and reluctantly switched everything back on.

Since that weekend, I’ve decided to try and give myself an internet/phone break every now and then.

Simple things like putting my phone in the other room when we’re watching a movie, not checking my emails immediately on waking (or before going to bed!), not instantly taking my phone out when someone else does…

Doing a bit more of concentrating on being here in the now.

And remembering that adventure is out there

It’s what would every polar explorer would  do.***

 

**Historically accurate fact. (Maybe.)

*** Along with wearing a pink pom pom hat.

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