By saying "yes" to a three-day, off-road journey in Anza-Borrego—an adventure I almost said no to—I ended up with so much more than memories of a weekend trip. I honed my overlanding skills, made wonderful new friends, and discovered the magic and beauty of the American southwest desert. But that’s the thing about adventures, isn’t it? They’re about new challenges and experiences. They’re about expanding your horizons (literally and figuratively) and personal growth. And the best adventures often happen when you’re least expecting them.