Thursday, March 3, 2011

Adventure!



It's been said that "It's not an adventure until something goes wrong." Well, that is one form of adventure, for sure. But for us this seems too narrow a definition. What about the ever-popular adventure in dining? There are so many kinds of adventure that it seems a broader definition would work better. For us it's this:

Adventure = Outcome Unknown

Some days when I go for a paddle in my local river, it's not an adventure. What happened to me on that stretch of water for that couple of hours was what I anticipated before setting out. It was a very good outing - peaceful, meditative, a good workout, fun, stimulating - but it wasn't really an adventure. But that same familiar stretch of water will occasionally present circumstances that compel me to describe it as an adventure when I get home. A pouring rainstorm, a big wind gust, a close encounter with a dangerous animal (none of which count as something "going wrong") all tend to push my little outing over the boundary and into the realm of adventure. These things were unexpected and add up, more or less, to an outcome that is uncertain. VoilĂ : adventure! Let's have more of that...