A Plea for Adventure

At the (very windy) summit of Mount Monadnock

Back a few years ago, I decided life as I knew it needed some massive changes. So, I decided to undertake the ‘Yes Man’ challenge for a year. The concept was simple: Say ‘Yes’ to any reasonably relatively safe and sane (I define what that is) opportunity that came my way. It led to some fun stuff: caving in Arkansas, learning to swing dance, taking a bartending course, learning to shoot a rifle, joining a co-ed floor hockey team, learning to blacksmith, and so much more. Needless to say, massive changes happened – and they stuck around. A thirst for adventure was discovered, and it can’t seem to be quenched.

I’m aiming to take the ‘Yes Man’ challenge again, but this time I’m recruiting the help of far more than just my devious friends and family. I want to figure out just how much adventure New England has to offer, so I’m recruiting the adventurers and outdoor adventure companies of New England. Give me your best… or your worst (depends how you look at it). I want to experience everything from mountain biking to white water rafting to skydiving – and everything else in between.

Like the snowboarding adventure, this chapter of my adventure seeking has some themes and rules too. First off, I’m not a millionaire. I’m a massive lover of Groupon, LivingSocial, and Craigslist, so if you have an idea – please don’t make me broke. Then I’ll have to say ‘no’ and that’s just going to make me sulk. Second, I’m very aware that there are bigger mountains out west, and things that may seem more interesting in other places. But I want to focus on here so please don’t pick on the place I call home. I’m sick of hearing tourists define New England by lobsters and outlet shopping. The rest of the country does know we have sky diving, rock climbing, and lots of other insanely awesome things too, right? Time to share just how incredible New England is.

Ziplining at Bretton Woods

Now here’s the part I’ve been trying to figure out how to proposition. I’ll be writing about every adventure I undertake this summer (and with that comes the use of social media, networking, some great SEO techniques), but I have another skill that might be useful to businesses. Outside of working in social media and trying to satisfy the need for adventure, I’m a photographer as well. If you’re looking for some great pictures of your venue or offerings for your website, brochure, or whatever you need – I might be able to help! I need to work on updating my portfolio to include more variety, but check out what I have so far (yes – all weddings, but have had experience with sports, landscapes, architecture). I’m up for photographing just about everything though – hotels, action, portraits, whatever. Think bartering… just saying.

If you have an idea, a barter, or anything at all – feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me at JBejtlich (at) gmail (dot) com.

Happy adventuring!

7 thoughts on “A Plea for Adventure

  1. Yayyy for adventure!!! Even little adventures can be the best. (I think my best weekend in the last couple of years was a jaunt through Eastern Oregon…none of OR’s big mountains but plenty of small towns and back roads.)

    1. I love driving around OR. My boyfriend and I spent several days driving massive circles around the western and central part, and it was incredible. I’m surprised we left at all. And little adventures can definitely be the best. I’m game for anything!

  2. Hey Jill!

    Right on for looking for new adventure. It’s cool to get to try a bunch of new things, especially things you’ve never thought of attempting before, but here is my challenge for you: this time, try delving deep into one or two things, and become really immersed by it. Think endurance and distance. For example, try hiking all 48 4,000 footers in NH (which I’ve been dying to complete) or hike the 200 mile Long Trail in Vermont. Or go on a solo hike. Or go on a backpacking trip. You could also try cycling – you can cycle a century in a day (100 miles), bike from Manchester to Boston (50 miles), or do whatever distance you are comfortable with. And maybe even try bicycle camping! That is really awesome. I think it would give you a different type of satisfaction, one that I specifically am addicted to. Good luck! 🙂

    Other ideas – run a 10K, a half marathon, or a triathalon.

    By the way — all of the things I mentioned above are FREE or less than $100 after buying gear which will last you a long time! 🙂

    1. All good ideas! I’m getting rather addicted to climbing, so I think a lot of this summer will be around trying to dive deep into getting stronger and better at indoor climbing, heading to Rumney and Pawtuckaway, and setting goals there for the rest of the climbing season. Why didn’t anyone warn me that this sport is insanely addictive? I swear it’s even worse when you know the gym you love is in the building next store. Gah!

      As for hiking and backpacking – those are both in the plans. Looks like a really good one might be coming up soon, so I can’t wait. It’s a two night backpacking trip in the White Mountains, and I’m suspecting I’ll be addicted after that. Any suggestions on a hiking pack? I like Osprey’s gear, but open to anything.

      Road biking and I have no love for each other at the moment (too many close calls), but running in some form might be an option. I’m actually eyeing up trying out the Winter Wild races next winter. It’s kind of triathalon like (run up a mountain, snowboard down). And if there’s a more tame version of a Tough Mudder out there (no fire or electricity please), I’d like to know. I want to try. =D

      Yeah… I don’t think I can make up my mind. I’m bad at this. =(

      1. Good ideas! You should take a look at Reach the Beach running relay race. Maybe you could make a team with your work, or a group of friends. Tom ran it a few years back and loved it.

        As for a hiking backpack, I would say try an Osprey or a Gregory. Gregory is definitely my favorite kind, although the one I have is a Craigslist find. 🙂

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About Jillian Bejtlich

Hey! I'm Jillian Bejtlich. I’m a lifelong New Englander with a serious love of the outdoors, adventure, and a pretty serious inability to sit still. I’m plagued by the travel bug, and it seems I’ll try any relatively sane and safe thing once. My big goal in life: Get people outside!