Memory #6, Exploring New Places
I inherited my mom's wanderlust. I love to travel, to see and do something new, to explore. Mike also likes to travel, but he'd always rather be orienteering. So, we have taken a few international trips which have included O. My favorite memories are when we just went out on a map, exploring the area, instead of a competition. The first memory is of Fountainebleau, on the outskirts of Paris. Mike first visited this place as a child, and the woods left such an impression on him, that he always wanted to back there and orienteer. We borrowed some maps from Mathias and Abbey, and took the train down. The woods are filled with large rock formations, and the ground was covered with waist-high ferns. A magical area, and so much fun to explore with Mike. We also had a great time exploring the lava-field map
in Iceland. This was the hardest map I've been on in a while, because the hills/contours didn't follow a regular pattern. Plus the footing was sharp! But, again, we were together, exploring a very cool area, so it was wonderful.