I took a trip to a place I had never been, with people I had never met, and did an activity I had never tried.
This past month, I went on an “Aztec Adventure” and if you’re not familiar with what that is, simply: it’s an experience of a lifetime.
Organized by SDSU’s Aztec Recreation Center, an Aztec Adventure is an outdoor trip that allows its participants to break away and engulf themselves with nature.
I found myself in Arizona. Canoeing upstream in the Colorado River.
For me the trip was a way to take a break. A way to feel the stresses that had built up from my work and school routine, slowly drift away with every stroke into Arizona’s Black Canyon.
There were 14 of us. We battled currents upstream, relaxed in natural hot springs, hiked in pitch black caves, gave each other mud facials and slept under the stars. We did all of it, together.
These complete strangers became my friends, and now we’re all tied together with these lasting memories of this amazing trip.
I must say to be out in the wild and turn off your phone saying goodbye to email and twitter for four days was a little nerve racking. But hey, what’s life without a little risk… a little adventure.