The Art of the Mini-Adventure

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min·i ad·ven·ture: noun, an outing into the natural spaces close to home, designed to deepen your connection to the great outdoors.

This year more than ever we all understand the importance of exploring the wildness closest to home and finding an escape in even the smallest outings. We have rediscovered the art of the mini-adventure and have developed a new appreciation for these small-scale excursions with long-term, oversized benefits.



The beauties of a mini-adventure are a lot like those of fly fishing—discovery, challenge, stewardship, gratitude, and life lessons that inspire and transform us. We find greatness in exploring the spaces just beyond our backdoor, and we discover richness when we follow our curiosity without restraining it with expectations.



The first rule of the mini-adventure is to keep it simple; the second is to just go for it. Free yourself of the burdens of overthinking things and take in the deep connections that come with getting lost in each moment. Get out there—the great awaits.

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