The Origins of Adventure

by Aaron on December 17, 2010

I think it’s always fascinating how an idea can go from random conversations over a cold beer to full blown reality.  Looking back throughout adventures in history I have to imagine most of the great endeavors of the world started from a pretty small and simple idea in someone’s head.  A small idea that simply got them excited, got their blood pumping, and got them to think “Why not?”.

“I bet I could be the first to climb Everest.”

“I could fly this plane across the Atlantic, no problem.”

Or even a kid in a backyard, shovel in hand, thinking “I’m going to dig to China today!”

While implementing, planning, and accomplishing those feats are no small task, they’re all rooted in a pretty short and sweet idea.   After all, you don’t just end up on top of Everest one day.  Or end up being the first to cross the Atlantic by plane.  And you don’t just wake up and find yourself covered in dirt 3 feet down a whole in your parents backyard wondering how far it is til you see Chinese people.

It all starts with a tiny idea and some people crazy enough to actually do them.

It was July of this year and Patrick and I were hanging out getting ready to fly over to Oklahoma for a weekend aerobatics competition the next day.

I asked him if he’d ever thought of flying down to Central and South America and hopping around.  He said he’d always wanted to fly a bush plane from the U.S. to the tip of South America.  To which I responded “Yeah, I’ve been wanting to drive the Pan-American highway but flying sounds way better.”

I’m pretty sure we both said “we should do it” at the exact same time. And for the next hour we about crashed the Google Earth servers looking over places to go and things to see.

I can only imagine what was going through Patrick’s wife’s mind while she watched the ridiculous and fervent “planning” that was going on.

Patrick at least broke the news to her gently.  I think it went something like “Hey Emily, Aaron and I are going to fly to Central and South America in a bush plane”.  You could tell Patrick had come up with some other crazy ideas during their marriage because she responded with a slow but approving “O…K…”, while the exaggerated nodding of her head implied an amused “here we go again”.

After getting the 100% all clear from Emily we spent the next several months racking our brains on how to make the trip happen.  We eventually settled on a route through Central and South America and back up through the Caribbean we’ve dubbed the “Caribbean Circle”.

Patrick’s good buddy Alex would be coming along as well for photography, filming, and because he’s a cool dude.

After months of planning we find ourselves about to depart on a pretty awesome adventure around the Caribbean Circle in a bush plane.

I’ve had some people ask me “Why are you going?” “What’s the purpose?”.  I grin from ear to ear just thinking about how to answer.  Why would a kid want to dig to China?  Why would anyone in their right mind want to risk life and limb to climb Mt. Everest?  What are you gonna do when you cross the Atlantic in a plane?

Why would you want to fly the Caribbean Circle in a bush plane?   I think anyone who’s had any idea which they’ve turned into an exciting reality will answer those questions grinning emphatically and ask in return “Why not?”.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Jeff Wood December 20, 2010 at 2:19 am

“Want to drive to Montana, try and find a job, and work for the summer?” “Yeah, why not.” Looking forward to following ya bud!!


Aaron December 20, 2010 at 3:28 am

Ha, yeah buddy. That was quite the adventure as well! Hope all is well, looking forward to having you follow along!


Emily @ The Pilot's Wife December 23, 2010 at 4:00 am

Ha! That sounds just about right. I’ve had quite a few crazy ideas launched on me since we got married! But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I’m just crazy-jealous that I’ll be stuck in a classroom while you guys have fun!


Jason Ensminger December 23, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Well boys. The rest of us will be stuck at home salivating for some good video / still footage from the trip so make sure you take your Macbook with you. Going to test out my new nFlightcam and Canon Vixia HF S200 in N3723W


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