My lack of fear borders on reckless. I’m sure that I’m not alone in this arena. Here are some of my most fun, yet dangerous adventures.
Kilauea Volcano in Hawai’i
Covered in volcanic ash and hiking in melted shoes, this remains one of my best adrenaline experiences to date. To avoid heat exhaustion, dehydration and to see lava eruptions better, you hike the volcano at night with just a flashlight and plenty of water. With one blinking red light every half mile guiding you to the summit, you may question your sanity after this adventure, but you’ll never forget it.
Bungee Jumping The Bridge to Nowhere in Azusa, CA
The bungee jump itself is fun, but it’s the hike to the bridge that makes this a real adrenaline rush. Crossing rivers, scaling rock walls and avoiding snakes while navigating mostly based on the sun stirs some pretty primal skill sets. By the time I actually gotten to the jump site I was ready to relax during the free fall. You can camp out along the river for the full affect or make your way home after a lengthy day of adrenaline rushes.
Diving in Baja Mexico
The Sea of Cortez is a literal breeding ground for dolphins, whales, sea lions and whale sharks. With water temperatures hovering in the 65-70 degree range, it’s truly a divers paradise. About 160 miles off the coast of Baja California is Isla de Guadalupe. Free diving or cage diving, you’re going to come face to face with a number of sexy beasts. Isla de Guadalupe has fast become the premiere location for diving with Great White Sharks and will give you the thrill of a lifetime, as well as a respect for this incredible creature.
Spelunking Mt. St. Helen’s
The Ape Caves under the southern flank of Mount St. Helen’s formed over 2,000 years ago when it was flooded with lava. With 2 miles of terrain, in often below freezing climates, these beautiful, but difficult to stand upright in caves are breathtaking. It’s another flashlight adventure that can quickly turn an ankle if you’re not careful. You won’t get cell reception either so calling for help won’t necessarily be an option. Hobbling or crawling back the 2 miles won’t really work so well over the jagged rock so go as a group, take plenty of light and cameras. Watch your step and keep an eye out for Bigfoot!
The amount of wildlife and sheer number of survival tactics you’ll need to properly last for a week or more in the wilderness should be enough to keep your adrenaline up for the extent of your trip. While you’ll certainly want to brush up on your Eagle Scout badges and watch Les Stroud reruns to prepare, your travel budget will thank you for all the savings. Most campsites are incredibly cheap and even offer supplies like fishing line, tents, kindle and skillets as a part of your site fee. You could treat yourself to a more luxurious final day after roughing it for a week. Soak in the hot tub and recount all of your bear encounters.