I was recently asked by a fellow travel-buff when and where my next “stoke mission” was. Because of the type of traveling we have both done, I quickly responded that I didn’t have the time to take a trip anytime soon. But then I got to thinking–a stoke mission doesn’t need to be a 2 month trip rambling around South America….does it?
I am a firm believer that we need to do things in our lives to “stoke ourselves out”. As Gordon mentioned recently, a trip unplugged from everything over the 4th of July was just what he needed. Maybe these trips don’t need to be far away or for an extended period of time (although I usually prefer them that way)? I feel like sometimes they’re just outside the door or right around the corner. Maybe it’s because I’m still fairly new to this city, but sometimes the best days are to just go outside and wander–visit a nearby park, play in an empty playground, drive to a part of the city that I’ve never been.
Don’t get me wrong… I’d take another surf trip down to Costa Rica in a heartbeat-that is a serious stoke mission. But sometimes a trip like that just isn’t practical (it’s almost the rainy season down there anyway, isn’t it?). If you’ve got any stoke missions on the horizon, or have any good ideas, let us know…we’d love to hear about them.
As an Oregon transplant from California, I’m being introduced to all sorts of new things: constant rain, driving 55 mph, and not being walking distance from the beach. I’ve always been up for trying new things-whether it’s food, drinks, activities…whatever. So when my fellow Nau employee, and Oregon native, Libby took me night-boarding on Wednesday I felt like a kid with a new toy. With what seemed like all of Ski Bowl to ourselves, we rode fresh (albeit hard) snow all night. This was quite a nice change from the crowded lines of Tahoe that I am used to. We even made a little stop in the warming hut for a pitcher of beer! I’ve found that night boarding is one of my new favorite activities! Too bad the season is just about over… Here’s a little video clip from one of our lift rides…this is also my first experience with video editing…