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MAR. 2, 2017

Share the Adventure

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Some of the most memorable places I’ve visited make it to the top of my favorites because of the experiences I shared with those around me.  On each trip I always took a moment to look around and notice the smiling faces and mouths agape in awe. I would think, “this place is wonderful, and it is so amazing to see my own joy, happiness, and excitement mirrored in the faces around me.”

On many of my personal trips I have found that company is always welcome.  When I set out alone on an adventure I undoubtedly collect a friend or two along the way.  These travel companions help strengthen my connection to the experiences I have and the places I visit. I even feel a distinct pride in revisiting my favorite places with friends or family who’ve never been. Witnessing their awe and wonder feels like experiencing the trip for the first time all over again.

You may understand the sentiment- the one of talking about camp with a friend and feelings so excited to see them on the first day or running up to them after Capture the Flag to hear their heroic tale. You may even know the feeling as you walk your parents around camp on the last day, recounting each day and every stand-out moment as you pass through the quad and OD Board and down to the garden.

This can be more difficult with Hantes.  Every year there is a new and exciting mix of Hantes. Until you take the leap and understand what it means to “step out and learn” it can be hard to imagine how to share that with others. What sets Hante apart is that for those 2 or 3 weeks everything you do and see is shared with a small, tight-knit group of people. They will share the struggle of packing a wet tent, eating a burnt noodle and pulling their weight to see the valleys from the mountain tops.  Those moments will become tales and epic stories to be shared with friends and family that others will sit and listen to in wonder.

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Once the adventure is over it can be difficult to recreate the failures and triumphs for your friends. In truth, you will never be able to carbon copy your experience for others, but you can share the joy and satisfaction by taking them on the next one so they can see first hand. We are at that time of year when the leaves begin to bud and daydreams become warmer and lighter like the summer to come.  Start thinking back to the summers past and how you want to spend this one, or if there is someone you want to share the magic of Hante with.

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Flip back through time and see the memories others have shared for over 40 years.  You may even come across a familiar face, or even your own. Remember to share!

Marlin Sill, Hante Director