FIND YOUR WAYS!!!

Ever since you started your journey,

There must have been times,

You had to take decisions on spot,

Choices were few,

There were no solutions in sight,

Though you knew,

Every situation,

Has minimum three solutions,

But you were,

Drenched and soaked wet.

So you had to let go,

Let it pass,

And you moved on.

Always summon you guts,

Trust your instincts,

Be not impulsive,

You will find your directions,

In any walks of Life.

Whenever you will,

Gather your courage,

And pick up a direction,

You will find a new destination.

Therefore pack up,

And say goodbye,

To any welter,

In your life.

Go for new challenges,

Or toughest situations,

You will find,

Tremendous excitement.

Find your own ways…

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BEING A WANDERER!!!

Now I know, how one way leads to another,

Though I had apprehension,

Will I ever come back?

I tell this with great relief,

Lost somewhere,

For ages,

But now I am here.

Four roads diverged in the woods,

I always travelled,

On a road,

Less travelled.

To me,

That made all the difference.

A wanderer like me,

Always travel alone,

Since we are,

Seekers of the unknown.

All days begin before they end,

Sunrise never find us,

Where sunset left,

Even when the earth seems sleeping,

We travel.

NEVER ENDING JOURNEY !!!

Looked as if this journey will never end,

I continued from mornings till nights, 

And there was no resting place,

Not a single roof to shelter for days,

Finally one place came to hide my face,

Eager to meet the dwellers,

Who had come much before,

Should I knock, or call when just in sight?

Will I find comfort for my sore feet?

I had taken the road never taken before,

Being the traveler never before,

Looked forlorn,

But finally I reached.

The place was homely and earthen,

It sank deep in my heart,

And I rested.

I did not give up and started in time short,

To where it went on and on,

Then took the other just like a fairy tale,

Perhaps for a better claim.

Have come so far,

Not worn out still,

With new mornings,

New beginnings and new horizons to seek,

I kept for still better days,

Not knowing how these roads will lead me,

Determined to fathom deeper and deeper,

Never doubting but telling this with a sigh,

I have bounced back again and again,

For there is a Keeper who provides,

Whatever I need and desire,

He rides ahead of me showing the way,

It doesn’t matter whatever storms may come,

On the way.

A LIFE CHANGER!!!

Stepping out of comfort zone is a tremendous confidence builder. Outdoors challenge one’s self- imposed boundaries. It provides insight and unique experiences. Resultantly you gain happiness and mental well- being.

This world is amazingly diverse. As you plan your trip and embark on unknown adventure, you encounter surprises with unexpected situations. When you find solutions to difficult and critical situations, it’s a big boost to your personality and generates tremendous happiness.

When you meet people of a new location, smile and become friendly, leaving all you inhibitions aside; it has an immediate knock-on effect. All the hassles of your life vanish! It lifts your spirits. And you develop a new habit to take home.

Being away from home for certain duration is big relationship builder with your near and dear ones. You no longer take them for granted and develop more appreciation for them. You start looking forward to be with them again. Happy lyrics start resonating in your mind.  It increases your love for them.

Being away from home infuses new thought process as there are lesser boundaries to cross and you easily make new friends. Being social makes us happy and increase our social circle. It increases our learning of life. It changes our leaning to positivity. Your entire perspective to life changes for good.

Adventure Travel provides you breathing space from our day to day mundane life style. Getting a moment for  yourself and taking advantage of peace and tranquility of outdoors, takes away all the stress and tension.

Go Outdoors!!!  It’s a wild world waiting for you to welcome in its open arms!!!

COUNTER ADVENTURE RISKS!!!

First priority: Identify the risks. Draw a strategy. Develop a plan. Network with stakeholders. Participants must be trained. Test plan, prior to venturing into an Adventure. Have a clear emergency and crisis management procedure.  Set up an all-time available communication system. Stay updated on travel advisory issued by the government agencies. Retrieve and re position your business after a crisis.

Major Hazards:

Natural ,Technological ,Biological and Civil/political.

Be Clear About:

Causes, Frequency, Duration, Speed of onset, Scope of impact and Destructive potential.

Further Considerations:

Safety and security of visitors and staff.

Secure and operational system of communication with all participants.

Prepare and secure in advance:  buildings, facilities and equipment.

Liaise with disaster management agencies for their response and recovery in the event of a disaster.

Build up resources to support response and recovery operations.

MARCHING PRIME!!!

As the wind blows sweet,

Our comrades soften up,

They find directions through stars,

Hustle up to progress with speed,

Their gait light,

Spirits soaring,

We march the distance prime,

Whistling our contingent tune,

Kettles brewing with Savory broth,

We quaff as we surge forth.

Miles to go with will to conquer,

The objectives to triumph,

We dither not.

The sand off was cheering,

At Target joint cry was in resonance,

Hence objective we realised.

Spirit of team banks on collective will,

With friends’ love we travel farther,

As if rivers and hills,

Are waiting,

Flowers and paddles are softer,

Route becomes familiar,

The spread of span seems vivid.

As the mist shines,

On the soft surface the sunlight shows the approaching dusk,

Marchers’ fatigues fade away.

There could be no better place to rest than this,

All squatter around,

Objective having attained,

As if we were on it since we started and were aware.

CHERISH THE LIFE!!!

Talk and walk the happy moments,

Each moment,

For those cherished days of life,

Are there to keep,

As each of those may slide down your feet.

That cool breeze of moments spent,

With someone cool,

Touched your heart and soul,

Swept you off your feet,

Blossomed in your heart flowers of peace,

Keeping you safe and sound,

Inward as outwardly,

Bringing shower of pleasant memories,

For joy you possessed were you to keep,

Destined as it were,

From heaven to your heart.

Whatever happens now will,

Again be for you to keep.

Send a wish carefully,

As God may accept it as what you desire,

For small things do matter in life,

Convert grand things to occur,

So be happy as happy could be,

Flooding your mind with moments,

That you would like to be.

SECURITy WHILE OUTDOOR!!!

There are certain cautions one should keep in mind to avoid being frightened or intimidated when venturing alone.  For example, what you should do if approached by an attacker? Do not be another privacy invasion victim.

Fact is, we live in an increasingly violent society in which the fear of crime is ever-present. Personal safety has become an issue of importance for everyone.

Brought out below is some guidance everyone should know about personal safety:-

BEING AWARE IS IMPORTANT

Self-defence does not entail knowing Martial Arts. Self-defence is precursor to any actual physical contact. Most important and first component in self-defence is awareness. Be aware of yourself, your surroundings, and your potential attacker’s likely strategies.

The criminals also use most important element of attack, surprise. They pick up a target that appears to be unaware of what is going on around them. So project a forceful presence to avoid altercations which are commonplace on the street.

USE OF SIXTH SENSE OR INSTINCTS

Intuition is a powerful subconscious insight into situations and people. All of us have this gift. There is need to pay attention to it. Trust this power for availing its full advantage. Also, avoid a person or situation where you don’t feel safe.

LEARN SELF DEFENCE

Martial arts studios are best to be avoided unless you want to learn those techniques and ready to commit for long-term period. These techniques are complex and unrealistic under the stress of an actual attack. The program you should pick up should include simulated attack, building up realistic scenarios to allow you to practice what you learn.

BEST OPTION IS- ESCAPE

Imagine you are suddenly confronted by a predator who demands that you go with him — be it in a car, or into an alley, or a building. Obey, but you must never leave the primary crime scene. Run away and yell for help. Throw a rock at a store or car window. Attract attention. And if the criminal is after your purse or other material items, throw them away from you, while you run.

FIGHT WHILE YOU CAN

There may be a chance of physical confrontation. Always remember, you can and should defend yourself physically, even if you are not attacked first. Many of us worry that if attacker gets angry, he will hurt worse. The statistics clearly show that your odds of survival are far greater if you do fight back. Aim for the eyes first and the groin second. Remember, though, to use the element of surprise to your advantage — strike quickly, and mean business. You may only get one chance. Never depend on any self-defence tool or weapon to stop an attacker. Trust your body and your wits, which you can always depend on in the event of an attack.

CAR-JACKING CAN BE AVOIDED

Lock all doors and keep windows up while driving. Most car-jacking takes place when vehicles are stopped at intersections. The criminals approach at a 45-degree angle which is a blind spot and either pull you out of the driver’s seat or jump in the passenger’s seat

BE PREPARED DURING TRAVEL

Violent crimes happen in the best and worst hotels around the world. Predators may come in guise of a hotel employee. He may push his way through an open or unlocked door. He may be in possession of a pass key to the room. Never open your door unless you are certain the person on the other side is legitimate.

INTERNET SHOULD BE USED WISELY

Although the Internet is full of education and entertainment, it can also be full of dangers, if one isn’t careful. When communicating online, use a nickname and always keep personal information such as home address and phone number confidential. Instruct family members to do the same. Keep current on security issues, frauds, viruses, etc.

Enjoy your adventures!

FIRE IN BELLY!!!

Crowding around the bonfire,

Moon light shining on us,

Day been toiling,

For we strode miles of greens and highs,

Chatting now on our life gone by,

Musing on our moments valued,

Floating our stories,

Now realising sunshine has descended.

And yet the fire in our middle,

Still smoldering,

Prompting us to keep up pedantry,

On and on we went on,

Till our shepherd nudged us,

Double up and set the day get going.

Fire still burning in our bellies,

Tamed lot as we are,

Setting our limits and stretching it far,

Fire still burns in our heart,

And we keep trudging,

Exploring and discovering what remains yet fathomed,

Learning and growing as life carries on with lively soul,

Prompting others to follow on,

Setting no boundaries to limit us,

Not looking back,

Eyes set on horizon afar,

Tamed destiny leading our path.

AIM HIGHER!!!

When I think, I should do it, I have will to do it… I eventually succeed.

The energy and power of self-confidence empower human mind and body, accomplish any task.

We should never, ever underestimate our capabilities.

Take example of our daily activities, going around in our mundane lives. So many times we overcome an issue, which we thought did not have a solution and beyond our capabilities. Don’t we find solutions when we think rationally and logically?

Most humans normally avoid attempting anything when they think it is difficult, entails hazard or has risk involved. They feel it is best to carry on with normal lives and avoid taking risks. They live a bare minimum life. We normally tend to avoid discomfort, when there is fear of unknown and risk. These thoughts are very powerful motivators in our lives. This is how we have evolved and learnt from our ancestors. That is what dictates our actions making us live in comfort zones.

When we enquire and research, build our passion to attempt those activities which entail risks and adventure, we grow manifold, mentally and physically. There are many among us who do not make excuses, attempt things which are unknown and not realized/experienced so far. We look at wider horizon of perspectives in our lives. There is need to build up courage, stamina and will power to attempt which we have not realized so far. When we are not careful about what we actually want from our lives, we lose what may be important and set a wrong example to our youngsters.

When we talk about experiencing Adventure, it does not necessarily mean extremes like Globe-trotting on foot. It could be experiencing any activity or thought which exhilarates us, which pulls us out of easy living. We just need to come out of our notion of feeling impossible which actually stands for I m possible! Practice regularly, move one step at a time attempting more and more difficult activities and build up your capabilities. We just need to plan systematically and move on regardless.

Do not unduly expect wonders to happen overnight. Start in a small way. Come out of fear of failure. Do not expect too much from yourself. As you attempt different tests, you keep growing to seek more difficult ones. Experience and positive attitude do make one matured and successful. We need to set our priorities right. Do we want to end up our lives, leading a routine and easy way? Or we want to achieve what a normal person would think impossible.

To begin with, start in a small way. Keep attempting. Things will start falling in place, one by one…

PEEK OUT OF QUAGMIRE!!!

When you were busy in your wanderings,

Playing games of your lives,

Outsmarting your near and dear ones,

In your best days and times,

You forgot all those around.

When the down side of life started,

You started crying,

Its then you remembered Him,

Trying to prove,

He forgot you,

As later someone told you,

He was always there watching you.

It’s only the paths you had chosen,   

Were not suited to His calling,

Making your spirit feeble,

Far from sublime.

That’s how you ran into barriers,

Making your trails not to vanquish,

As hardship is ringing the bell,

It’s time to quell,

Come back on right track,

Before it’s late and there is no turning back.

In this wilderness of concrete jungles,

There are wild creatures in human forms,

Easy to get lost and swept away,

Realise how to deal,

For language of love and care,

Prevails here too,

If you are on a journey of courage and fortitude,

Same are the proven ways to get through,

So Be Thankful In All Things.

SEEK FRUITS OF TOIL!!!

As the life is rolling up,

Espouse happiness and joy,

Keep looking for trials of trails,

New horizons to realise,

Love to share,

With dear ones,

Laughter and smile,

That brings cheer and respite,

Make chosen ways to strode,

And life will treat you better than before.

Action brings hope,

Destiny hosts,

Resolve and fortitude,

For He has fond for faith,

Shower of blessings astride,

Tame you will newer heights.

Sing when times are good,

Pray when things are not so bright,

Live your inner voice,

For consciousness is cure to all the mires,

Of endless pain,

Meaningless distress with useless commitments,

In vain no matter what you try,

Piling up deep and hard to surmount,

Count your blessings as shadows disappear,

Darkest days bring happiness with rays of hope and faith.

Pray as you move on these conduits of life,

He will provide you respite through your cries,

For He seeks bonds of intimacy,

Take away time from your schedule,

At all times focus and renew,

Your chumminess,

As He is always ready to welcome you,

With open arms.

Barriers will be to enhance fortitude and strength,

For opulence and fortunes,

Are there to grab,

Only when you are ready to embrace.

RING THE BELL!!!

Those days of forlorn,

When we trod,

Hands in hand, cheek to cheek,

When the light twinkled,

Days were bright,

Hopes were high,

Those castles in the air,

We built for the dream days of future,

Were the days of hope and sunshine.

Those days are done with the heights sublime.

Come lets trod again,

Build on some more dunes,

Castles far new,

Shad away days of darkness,

Let the night fall as a feather,

From our flight,

I see the light in the horizon,

And a feeling of winning the submit,

My soul cannot resist,

The clearing of mist,

From the clouds of uncertainty,

As we stride past the paths traversed,

Miles to go still,

Desires to realise,

We transcend the limits of our strength,

For there are trails unknown,

Still in wide horizon,

Tame we will,

Those untrod-den paths.

Come sing to me,

Some happy song,

That shall elevate the heart’s desire,

And banish the entire mind’s mire,

Let’s hear those soulful melodies,

Those ring the bells of hope and desire.

OUR GUIDE!!!

Life brings series of good memories.

Teaches and guides us,

Through its sweet parleys.

There are double moments of grief and sorrows,

Yet better to embark on those,

That were good and happy days,

For brooding on bad ones will sure put us down.

Being in the company of good friends,

Lead us through betrayals, disappointments and hurts,

Open are the lessons from something that went wrong,

With times it fades away,

New ones come and give us,

Chance to rebuild and steer our life’s boat,

For those who seek shore,

Eventually land at right moorings,

The toughness of journey and,

Its lessons learnt,

Do make us worthy of next bend,

The fear of getting it wrong,

The sense of proved botch,

Makes you strong,

Land you in good and better times.

Those are the moments that make you kind,

Lead you to give without finding returns,

For Love eschews desires,

Expectations and brings happiness unbound,

Efforts bring forth desired plans,

Forge ahead with greatest will,

Opulence finds the man who deserve,

Life is with no easy gains,

Its toil and hardship,

You can’t do without,

Hope and positive vibes,

Are the virtues you need to stride.

POISED MIRROR!!!

I sing the song of Love and care,

Of the trails which we tame,

Times and moments we live,

Challenges we encounter in this journey,

Of this life and beyond.

While we tackle those,

We live and love,

Who do not leave us until we travel,

Till the end of the road.

We arouse them and they stir us.

Some have corrupted their minds and souls,

Concealing their real self,

Making the bodies refuse commands of the souls.

They could have made and call themselves,

Well-made men/women,

For the body will baulk the soul,

And it will appear on their face,

Along the body parts will revolt,

It will show in their walk,

The flex of the waists,

As you linger to see their back,

It conveys more than any reflection.

We love simple folks and loosen ourselves,

In their adored company,

Pass and discuss our toiled efforts,

March in line, pause, listen and cherish those moments,

Wait for chance to mingle again,

And in them fathers/mothers and their sons/daughters,

Value their vigour, serenity and beauty magnified

These men are of wonderful vigour, calmness, beauty of person,

Those little gangs of forlorn,

Whose company among the rest at evenings is not enough…

BE THE CHANGE!!!

Sunshine, shadow and sweet dusk,

Show me all your uplifting,

Brightening and soothing sparkle,

Lighting up each face,

Fall over, all over me.

Seen far too many tears,

Of penitence, happiness and content.

Fade away the clouds of gloom,

Of the clutches,

Those self- imposed boundaries,

Of this race,

Shading tears of grief and despair,

Engulfing us in darkness and barren hearts.

Where angels danced,

Along the sweet hymns of joy,

Hearts which were giver of bountiful,

Shining with dreams of tender and care,

Radiating bliss beyond fathom.

To some,

Everything may be normal as if,

Crafted by Nature,

Not realising impending doom,

So enlivened to many.

Let’s go on a vacation to,

God’s own surroundings,

Without any scare,

In carefree settings,

Beyond all pervading chaos,

Where no one sees nightmare,

As waken up stooge.

Let positive creation come through,

Shower us with empathy,

Feeling it all around,

So that Sun shines all around,

Feeling it all within, reborn, transformed,

Let’s be the change, radiate and be,

Harbinger of Good times…

FIND NEW FOOTPRINTS!!!

I seek adventures of unknown,

To wander in the abbeys,

To roam in the valleys and heights,

Where there are no footprints,

Where we would find check board of colors,

Of flowers and undrawn lands,

Which will sooth the wounds I have drawn?

From the skirmishes of life.

I might appear among a herd miniscule,

But we are a class apart.

We are the torch bearers of high and might,

We are the harbingers of new destiny,

Unknown and unseen, so far,

We cause and are the change.

So come and let’s Tame the Trails,

Least be believer of our nature,

To find new ways of existence,

Love and find experience,

Adore and live in His true creations,

Co-exist with other beings.

I presume we are one of a kind,

We believe in and are no extraordinary,

Transcend through the simple ways of life.

So together let’s embark,

On yet another experience of a new kind,

To dwell into our cherished mind,

So far unfathomed fully,

Ready to unwind,

From the hustle of this chronicled world,

And find new ways of existence,

Where no opulence is needed,

One among the Nature’s equilibrium,

Where a new world keeps reborn,

Let’s celebrate in a new breadth of living,

Let’s live and let live, again.

CLIMB AS YOU DO !!!

There is always hey day after pain,

As there is always light after the dark moments,

You gain only after some pain,

There is no shortcut in the journey of life,

You climb a submit after starting from bottom and lithe,

It’s like a child’s first step,

This is no less than a tough dare.

It’s same when you went first on a journey,

All alone, despite all the cautions,

It’s same when you gulped all the harsh talks by someone,

Closest to you,

And you carried on despite all the spanking by those near you.

Whacking poison in your gullet,

You went on despite all the despair it brought,

For cure to deepest pain is Pain alone.

You buried it under a heavy blanket,

Went into slumber with deep thoughts,

And you woke up on the bed of roses,

Transformed and shining like North Star.

Life is an endless romance,

So long as you know it’s right dance,

Patience is the clue, not payback and revulsion,

Giving without expectation,

Doing good without any returns,

Takes you to ultimate pleasure and preference.

SPRITE PARLEYS!!!

Unstoppable as the gust of wind that roars,

And takes the breath away,

Of the mortals and mute creations,

The dancing and laughing ones,

That animate and quite sound,

Of the wonders of Universe,

That occupy petite or colossal space.

I saw thoroughgoing alongside my journeys,

Of this mundane world,

At a glance or in the whirlwind.

The markings of their sprite parleys,

I cannot but be a partaking being,

Among their soulful tap,

Waving their spiteful arms and mindful thoughts.

As the earth below them vibrate,

Creating hymns of bountiful mortals,

Topping the vibrations of collective minds and souls,

Spreading a glee among the non-active.

I could not but be an accomplice,

Among such a on the go company,

I reflected and gazed but little did I realize,

What wealth of picture the Creator painted,

For us to perceive.

Often, when I am on my mat,

In reflective or brooding state,

These thoughts flash through my memory,

Creating a blissful seclusion,

I go into pensive mood of the inner eye,

Marveling at the ability of the human brain,

And then my soul is filled with inner joy,

And so I dance and dance,

As if in a Trance.

COUNTER THE RISKS !!!

All kinds of Adventure travel present some amount of risks. An unfamiliar environment or doubts about one’s ability to achieve the objective can make the experience adventurous. It will be in everyone’s interest if the inherent risks are reduced and controlled to tolerable levels. In this way an environment can be created in which individuals can experience the challenges and benefits of the activity, but with minimal actual risk to their safety.

For most of the travellers some amount of risk is acceptable also; that is how it makes an activity Adventurous. However, no one should seek these risks without considering plans to counter them. At least, one should prepare himself/herself to minimise them. The best approach in this regard is to know about them and train. Be prepared to face them as they come. Person engaging himself in an activity must not consider themselves immune from accidents, regardless of their experience or level of competence

By loading yourself with right knowledge, you can ask your travel company the right questions to alleviate the known and perceived risks.

Some basic questions you need to ask yourself also, i.e., Are you in good physical and mental condition?  Have you found the risks involved? Have you prepared yourself to face these risks?

The team involved in conducting the group must be fully trained in various skills, like, positive leadership, Safety and First Aid. They must also be aware about the risks involved in the activity they conduct. It is also important to use reputable and safe equipment to avoid unwarranted incidents.

The providers of outdoor adventure activities need to understand and appreciate how, and why, accidents may happen and how they can manage the safety of their participants.

In real terms, adventure travel is about opportunity, discovery, and joy. Be courageous. Be open to look for the kindness in the new people that you meet. Pack light and carry only essential items. At all times, be polite, but be inquisitive. Mix within the group or the people you are visiting. Indulge in those moments and memories which you can carry forward in your life. Look for new experiences which you can rejoice. Do it all while staying secured and insured. Do all that you love. Stay safe and stay healthy.

SOLITARY MUSINGS !!!

Solitary I appeared,

Lone I grew up, among teaming lads,

Eschewing life’s offerings,

Grave to my humanly desires,

Grew I did, but lost and sunken in my excursions’ of life,

What a man I turned up,

Raven and humane to many figurines.

I adored God’s creations,

Living as Nature’s,

Little did I realize, how marvelous inward moorings could be,

Gazing and adoring expulsions of human lives.

Bellowing through human adventures,

Rushed in to various grappling of those cherished moments,

Amongst fauna and flora, ice and mountain, water and sea,

Light and darkness, joy and sadness, accomplished and lost moments,

Happy I am, as I still seek the lost and unknown,

Through miseries and wants of human life,

Among those haves and have not.

Bewildered at the unlimited varieties of God’s creation,

Humbled at His mercies,

Wanting to seek more… and more,

Alone I walk like a lone shepherd.

GLIDE IN OPEN SKY !!!

I want to travel like age old Stars,

Be with them into the unfathomed sky,

Climb into the halo of milky way,

With no fear of time, age and sure death. 

I want to be the harbinger of good times,

Mellowed with skirmishes of proclivities,

Time has beckoned the shower of good fortunes.

I no longer purloin and yelp as time has made me hard-edged,

Content and toughened,

Untraveled paths beckon me.

I no longer layoff my excursions,

As I am ready now to take on challenges,

Life brings forth.

I take now paths less traversed,

For I have now imaginings and poise,

As the time flies and age catches on,

I shall leave behind glances and views,

For others to embark,

And that will make all the difference,

My friend,

Here I motion you to,

Take on where I guide.

TRANSFORMATION !!!

The sea and ravines,

I came from the earthen homestead,

I sought spread of greens and open waters,

As I gazed into vibrant span of Nature’s window,

A peace would engulf me untold.

I arrive at the span of quirking birds and chatter of faunae,

Some are alluring, others turn me rapt,

As I sniveled to the humming valleys,

They turn me humble and yielded.

As the yearning wind and waves turn inland,

They engulf me with soft longings and brain upsurge,

I who was rampant and earthly, yearning and fervent,

Turn into tamed and humble being.

A Night At An Adventure !!!

A Mist formed around the Greens I was,

The dark night among the dwellers of the Jungle,

There roared a voice and roamed in circles,

Alongside midnight from waters vivacious and weighty.

Tall on each Tree, bush and stonework stand died the sound,

Cavernous like the squashing of a secure swarm,

Lone like the dirge of a glimmer,

Quiet like the sob of the sunk.

The woods seemed no more dead but soulful,

As a silhouette of primeval dread,

Amongst the darkness and swirling winds rose a shape,

Amid the soulful ecstasies enormous,

A figure squatted, giant and ascetic,

Front of whom mighty trees laughed,

I  Meandered Solitary Like a whisper,

I  Meandered Solitary Like a whisper,

Which hovers high over dales and knolls.

Than all at once I saw a herd,

A swarm of bison along with herd of Lions,

Alongside the lake, under the trees,

Tangling horns and wrestling  amongst the waft,

Tossing their heads in spry dance.

Among these merry company,

I eyed and eyed but little I thought,

What wealth Nature had brought to me…

HOW TO SEEK AN ADVENTURE !!!

Adventure has multiple meanings to different people.  For some it could be a good book, exciting and firing imagination. Most of the people keep the risk at minimum and look for more rewards without much effort. It’s only few who value risk and adventure as inseparable to them. It’s a well-known principle that the greater the risk, the better the rewards of adventure. Some people who have enough courage, experience and expertise, would take it to the extremes. However each individual must realize where his/her limit lies and where does the risk become too great to justify the rewards.

Deciding when the risk is too great, becomes an intricate process of evaluation, and is vital for becoming a successful adventurer. Factors must be weighed such as your skill level to a given activity, the level and nature of unavoidable, uncontrollable, or unforeseeable dangers, the quality of your equipment, your knowledge of your equipment, your awareness of your own limitations, and the readiness of your partners in the adventure. The nature of the endeavor brings some of these considerations to the forefront. When these factors, and many others, are fully evaluated, then you get an idea of how risky the undertaking will be. It is vital to be completely honest with yourself at this point. The final consideration, and the most important, is to compare that amount of risk with an honest self-evaluation of how much you value your own life. It sounds a bit detailed, but almost every adventure activity has the possibility of some consequent risks. It’s important that we accept that fact and don’t make a decision without keeping this in mind.

In most adventurous activities, such as skydiving, rock climbing, kayaking, or scuba diving, life-threatening circumstances are few.  They are well within our tolerance level. There are some, however, that go beyond that level of risk. Some degrees of all of these are required to travel at the edge of adventure, and that is why I emphasize heavily on the fact that we must be completely honest with ourselves when evaluating such things. All of that said, I will label myself as one of those who push up to the edge of the typical tolerance for risk, without venturing into the realm of extreme danger. I prefer the mental capability of using my knowledge, with my body and my equipment as my tools, against the material, the elements, or the water. I prefer the challenge of evaluating each decision I make, in order to keep the adventure as safe and fun as it can be. I do not rely heavily upon luck to keep the weather nice or the rock from breaking loose under my hands. It isn’t worth the salt.

The adventure experiences make you realize how small we are in the whole scope of the universe, and how beautifully we fit into the universe. They make you appreciate what you have and inflate your desire to seek more and more. They make you want more out of life. Life is short, and we should live it to the fullest.

Most adventurers want to travel, learn, explore, meet new people, and experience. After all, that’s what life is all about. Then there are those who partake risk activities solely for the sake of emotional stimulation. Then there are those who engage in high risk pursuits to expand their personal horizons or to explore new destinations.

The finest explorers I had the pleasure to meet and associate, had certain level of motivation. They were dedicated to a long term commitment to exploration. The dangers they faced were  inherent in their areas of interest. They did not actively seek out these hazards, but accepted them as part of the risk that came along with their interests. All those who seek adventure must weigh the risks v/s. the benefits of exploring new horizons. The mere pursuit of thrill rarely justifies personal risk.

There are three important things while preparing for a successful adventure activity. Know yourself because you are your best asset and your worst enemy in any challenging situation. Knowing your own strengths and limitations will give you the confidence to assess whatever may cross your path. The next thing on my list is all weather clothing. No matter where you plan to be, there are good chances of becoming cold and/or wet. You must put emphasis on  bad weather gear. Adventures are planned but what I am talking about here is not the adventure itself but the problems and risks that often accompany an adventure activity.

Careful planning cannot remove the possibility of a crisis. It may occur  in many forms at any time and place. There can be an unpredicted storm at sea or an unexpected illness on a hike. It can develop out of nowhere and leave you drained and helpless. One should be glad to be in one piece after a situation evaporates.

The one rule I give high importance is, to stay calm and think and act rationally. If I know what is to be done, I do it. When unsure, I take others’ suggestions without any arguments. Emotions have no place in a crisis. You can fall apart after a crisis. Thinking clearly is what gets you through when a mast snap, lightning strikes, someone goes overboard, or when you find someone collapsed and not breathing. Assess what is to be done, think how you can do it safely by yourself or the other person and then act.

If you survive a crisis, that experience is an adventure and a value add for a lifetime…

MUST IF YOU MUST !!!

Must if you have to,

Wouldn’t it be better,

If you paint the countryside, Green.

Paint a picture,

Of Mountainside,

Write a poem of,

Your adventures,

Of the Tracks and Trails.

Ponder the difference,

Of your haves, and Must,

To have,

For it pains for Have not’s.

Must If You Must,

For there is not much Time,

Civilization is under Storms,

For NO One knows,

What is Next,

In coming Seconds.

Ponder and decide,

What is YOUR next Adventure.

Trails to be Tamed,

Heights to be Conquered,

NATURE to be Explored,

For its God’s own Creation.

BE PRACTICAL !!!

When I wear my gear tight to my body it does not bounce around, I am relaxed and faster and much more comfortable on the trail. You don’t just sling things off the side of the horse, you tie it high and tight.

During trekking I do not use soap when washing utensils or gear. Use a small cloth and hot water. Dip it in the fire ash and scrub them.  When it’s hard to remove residue from the pot, I dip the cloth in a little dirt. It acts as an abrasive. Do without and you will lose a little weight out of your pack.

If I’ve removed my socks, I use them as a pillow. Other articles of clothing can be placed in the bag which become warm by the time sun rises. Also, it prevents them getting frozen and saves time from beating them with stick to kick off ice

Dry fungus that grows on the side of Trees, works well to start a fire. Break it off and slice it into thin pieces. It holds a spark well and turns very hot.

Meal during trails is only for sustenance. Too many dishes need heavy load to carry in your bag. Water is fine as a beverage; you do not need tea, chocolate or coffee during every meal. Dried fruits make good nourishing portion.

Cooking options should be boil in water or roast. Eating only corn or rice most of the courses saves time and fine for a weekend trek. Eggs and rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No need for three course meals which need two to three pots over the fire. Boiling is great because it is hassle free, opposed to frying. Put the pot on the fire and go set up camp. Cooking of meals should take a few minutes not an hour. Boil eat and get engaged with your other activities.

You can judge the hours of daylight left in the day without a watch by extending your arm at full length towards the sun, than count the number of finger breadth between the sun and the horizon, and calculate at 15 minutes per finger.

This sumps up for now, some of the most practical ways to go on an adventure trail…

FEELING THE ADVENTURE!!!

Feel the Adventure within,

Your soul is listening,

Lie to yourself and the soul listens to your lie,

Come to point, It can’t distinguish the truth within,

Or around.

It loses all respect within,

Among others.

No respect, It ceases to love.

It covers the empty place where love is,

To get respect from others,

Respect yourself,

Self-respect compels others to respect you.

Do not demand respect,

Earn it.

THE CLEAR WAY TO ADVENTURE!!!

One should ascend the higher heights;

Seeking, striding, shaping forth.

The Ice knock-backs above crag ends;

Pierces intractable elevations;

Softens toughened catches.

Sedentary, silently crouching in my marquee;

The hike I crisscrossed;

Solitary in the tranquility;

Prepared interior lands yielded;

Yonder crested rims;

Over the disquieted firmament;

A window unwraps;

Drawn since beyond.

Airborne concluded in the blued peak,

The clear approach

Is to be known.

IT’S ABOUT MIND, BODY AND SOUL…

The amazing thing about the wilderness is that, it prompts us to use our innate survival and reasoning skills, the ones seldom used in our comforted ways of living. A journey into the Nature’s wilderness can make unimaginable changes in a person’s life path.

It is all about way of thinking and priorities in life… If someone chooses to be an Adventure Traveller, then his/her character could be shaped and moulded. If someone travels outdoors because he/she wants to learn how they will respond to what the environment has to offer; it will definitely enrich him/her with life’s so far unknown lessons and experiences. I love the outdoors and have chosen to share how wonderful it is.

I grew up in countryside and amongst nature. This made me a drifter. I worked in many cities of various states. I loved, so travelled for many years; on my own or with groups. Time and again I felt the strange/invigorating AURA of new terrain and its inhabitants; a sensation of exploring unfamiliar physical and spiritual geography. That brought me closer to the kind of experiences that were not known to me earlier. For these reasons, I want to keep wildness and wilderness in my life.

There are people who cannot just be termed thrill seekers.  They have a natural, inherent, and insatiable curiosity about the physical universe around them. These persons have the inner universe of the mind and the soul. They turn into true risk takers, the true adventurers, who return from their experiences with broader minds, stronger bodies, and purer souls…

ENTITLEMENTS OF ADVENTURE!!!

What entails an Adventure? Adventure is a passion set deep in the heart of every man or woman. Self-reliance and self-evaluation are just two of the outcomes from outdoor pursuits. Everyone loves to be challenged. No phones, electronics, fast food or media overload. Just you and your surroundings

Adventure activity involves using your wits and self-motivation to get through any situation you may encounter. You find out more about yourself than you thought possible. Plus, you get to savour some of the greatest gifts we’ve been given…nature’s gifts to us. The beauty out there is for us to partake and  something to take advantage of. I feel it definitely brings best out of us and transforms us into a more confident human being.

No experience can make you into something that isn’t already inside you. But outdoor experiences  break away the exterior and reveal true character. In facing nature as it is, you often face yourself as YOU are.

The really best thing about a true wilderness experience, and the experiences over a long time by one’s self, present to us, a whole range of emotions, allowing us to feel the joys, fears, delights, pain, sorrow, happiness, sadness, anxiety, assurance, and many more emotions.

According to me, adventure has no value without some kind of risk involved. When going on various adventure activities, it is better to tell yourself: Why plan EVERYTHING in its details beforehand? It’s like programming a computer, and no one is a computer. You should rather use your senses to analyse the situation and in case of a crisis, make the best of it with the knowledge and equipment that you have at hand during that stage. It’s self over situations. It’s an absolute positive approach to overcoming a difficult situation. That’s the best way to make it the best remembrance of your whole adventure activity. However, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take the basic and necessary precautions.  

adventure ! it beckons!

Adventure through the wilderness spikes up feelings in an avid backpacker and most especially a mountaineer. They take it up either to escape the hassle and complexities of city life or to be one with nature, The thrill of going into unexplored territory tests a person’s skill in coping up with the challenges of nature and its basic resources.

Adventure in wilderness is one sport that anyone can enjoy either with a team, a group of friends, with a partner or even on his own. Each one of them offer unique experiences, once in a while. But before one can venture out into the wilderness on his own, it is advised that he first join an organised climb and learn the basic mountaineering skills for his safety and enjoyment.

Team leader of a trip should have acquired and mastered the basic skills at the minimum and have a good record of experiences before he leads a group. This is due to the fact that still, mountaineering unfolds dangerous experiences.

Are you seeking Adventure? This is the place for You!

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