I’m challenging myself to #31DaysofWild this January.
As a city dweller with two young children and with the short days I’m already finding it quite a challenge. On the days that I’m working, I only have the commute and my lunch hour of daylight and then darkness and more darkness to get my wild in.
So the challenge is to try and escape the city, spend some time amongst nature and get some fresh air, even it’s for only a short while.
Day 1 >> BLUSTERY WALK
We went for a quick muddy hike in the local park, we took in a folly and a cave, and observed some wintery beauty. We’re really lucky to be so surrounded by loads and loads nature right on our doorstep in Bristol.
Day 2 >> CYCLE TO THE BEACH
So it’s raining.
The family are talking about going to the cinema.
This was testing my commitment to the outdoors.
I pulled it together and decided to cycle to the beach on my road bike and cruise some country lanes. The nearest beach is Clevedon, this is half the Strava recording before the phone ran out of juice.
Day 4 >> TODDLER SPLASHING
We’ve found a little gap in the rain and tomorrow’s weather looks like it’ll really going to suck, so I took the kids out for a run around in the woods before supper. Loads of puddles and streams to explore, only wish there was more light in the day to play a bit longer.
Day 4 >> CROOKS PEAK
It’s the first day back at work, and the girls are at the childminder. The weather is baaaad, but I know the clouds are high, and visibility is good. So I suit up and head up Crooks Peak. It’s on the Mendips and is just a half hour drive from Bristol. So great to escape the city, get a bit muddy and have some time in my own thoughts and enjoying the views. I bumped into one other hiker coming down, the rain had just kicked in, we talked about that for a while and his parting words were “At least we’re out”. We’re out in the rain, having a great time, I could have so easily bailed, I’m soaked, but at least I’m out, and it’s great.
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Day 5 >> NIGHT TRAIL RUN
Day 5 I went for a post work slippery slidey run in the mud. I don’t run very often as evidenced by these trainers I’ve owned since I was about 15 (I’m 34 now). It was great to run through the trees, turning my head torch off every now and then to take in the trees and the sky, and try not to think about the massive cats lurking in the undergrowth or the branch I might slam into. I could get into running if I don’t have to do it on roads.
Day 6 >> LUNCH HOUR WALK
The great thing about this challenge is how you have to find loads of different things to do to get some wild time. Sometimes breaking up the working day with a bit of a wander in the park is all that can be managed, it’s not exactly an adventure, but I find that trees and green is better than wandering down to Starbucks.
Day 7 >> STAR PHOTO WALK
I’ve never taken photos of the stars. So I have a bit to learn, I found out that anything over a shutter speed of 30″ means the stars create trails due to the earths rotation, this is cool but I’d need more kit to get a long enough exposure to make it look good and even more kit apparently to counteract the earth spinning!! Next challenge could be shooting the Milky Way. I’m loving wandering around the woods too on such a clear night with the camera, two things I love to do.
So I’m one week in, if you’re interested in this challenge then maybe join in? And if you do let me know on my Instagram.