Science and adventure go hand in hand. In the same way that you don't need to fly to the other side of the world, climb mountains or row oceans to have an adventure. You don't need to lead an expedition to the depths of the unexplored amazon to do science.
It's remarkably easy to sit in a centrally heated office, cosily hatching plans through the Winter. Distances look shorter, methods seem simpler and the prospect of a summer of fieldwork in the hills sounds positively straight forward.