2014: A Year in Photos

Last week on the blog I talked about the importance of finding adventure in your daily life, as opposed to waiting for that one big trip every year. (Recently I learned that a real badass adventurer, Alastair Humphreys, has coined this a "microadventure." I like that term, so I'll be using it, too!) I also promised to share some photos from my own adventures to give you an idea of the potential for finding great adventures on a budget, without a lot of time, and staying mostly close to home. Each of the photos below is from a different adventure that I went on in 2014. One photo per adventure, whether it be a day trip out of Santa Barbara or three week trip to Europe. 

I threw in a few selected microadventures that I managed to take during my workday or on a normal weekend. Hopefully this will help you believe that you don't need a long break to find a little adventure and that it is possible to explore after work and on weekends. Have a photo from your own weeknight or weekend adventure that you would like to share? Follow us on Instagram and let us find your photos by commenting with @wayfarecollective and #5to9adventures.

If you are interested in more details on any of the trips that these photos were taken on, shoot me a message in the comments below! 

Bear Valley ski area

Beach games and camping at Refugio State Beach

Black Canyon, Colorado River (ridiculousness) 

Mammoth Mountain ladies trip

Finding some freshies at Mammoth (different trip!)

Santa Cruz Island (no plants were harmed in the taking of this photo)

An Orca and Anacapa Island. Adventures don't get much better than this! 

Rolling in some sand dunes on Santa Rosa Island

Wine tasting by bicycle in Los Olivos

View from the train in Austria 

My genius mastermind ladies learning how to drink beer out of bull kelp on Santa Cruz Island. 

Valella Valella on Pismo Beach

Rock jumping on the San Joaquin River

Relaxing after a little abalone diving

Yosemite. At left, Clouds Rest. At right, Half Dome (duh)

Lake Alpine

Morro Bay

Catalina Island New Years hike

...and some Santa Barbara microadventures, as promised. 

Lots of sunset watching on my microadventures!

Lots of sunset watching on my microadventures!

Beach Volleyball after work

Beach Volleyball after work

Evening hike

Evening hike

Late night skinny dip on a hot night

Late night skinny dip on a hot night

Beach walk with a bestie

Beach walk with a bestie

Surf and hike day (this is obviously the latter portion!)

Surf and hike day (this is obviously the latter portion!)