Saturday, October 25, 2014

31 Days of Adventure - Adventure on the Big Screen

I am joining the Nester's 31 Days of Writing.  Check out my entire series - "31 Days of Adventure."

Have you been inspired to go on an adventure based on a movie?  I know I have. I was inspired by Walter Mitty and UP.

I recently watched The Way. I dedicated afternoon for research for all of you my dear readers. It was a sacrifice. So after watching,  I want to walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostela- The way of Saint James in Northern Spain.

Friday, October 24, 2014

31 days of Adventure - Doing it with the Family

I am joining the Nester's 31 Days of Writing.  Check out my entire series - "31 Days of Adventure."
Our advance scout on Adventures
I had a recent discussion with a single friend in a "relationship" and she and her fiancĂ© were eager to go see and travel while they were able. As to say, if they were married and with kids, they would be too tied down to have adventures.  I  think part of my love of adventure is doing it with my kids and family.  Maybe our adventures are different but they are still adventures. This comment was actually the one that made me choose 31 Days of Adventure as my topic.

How would my husband and I explain what a great time the adults had at Great Wolf if we didn't have kids to take there?

There would be no reason for PJ rides -Pajama Ride- This is an idea I got from some Moms at MOPS.  When everyone is in their pajamas, you declare a pj ride for ice cream.  We do this every once in a while.  It is a very big hit
There would no need for frequent snack breaks when adventuring. Doesn't stopping to eat nature's bounty (blackberries" count?
blackberry picking
At the Art of Simple Travel there was an interesting post "Why it is good to travel with kids (from a kid)"

Thursday, October 23, 2014

31 days of Adventure - Been Lurched?

I am joining the Nester's 31 Days of Writing.  Check out my entire series - "31 Days of Adventure."

Have you ever been lurched on a adventure.  You know lurched - lucky and cursed at the same time.  It is a term my youngest son made up.
My lovely Mom
San Francisco, CA
Lombard Street
Growing up I remember one such trip with my parents to San Francisco. We managed to lock our keys in the car of our rental car at the Presidio in San Francisco. Luckily my Dad had bought one of these hats that looked similar to what a retired navy person might wear.  So the MP's actually stopped and opened our rental. That also was the trip I believe my Mom was propositioned as well.  But we still managed to go on and see the sights.  I know we made it to Lombard Street and to the Winchester Mystery Mansion because I got the photos to prove it. It just was part of the adventure.
Lombard Street

Ever been lurched?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

31 Days of Adventure- Traveling with Aspergers

I am joining the Nester's 31 Days of Writing.  Check out my entire series - "31 Days of Adventure."

If you met one person with Asperger's, you have met one person with autism. The Autistic Spectrum is wide.  But here is some generalized guidelines I have discovered working and adventuring with my 16 year old son is who a high functioning autistic(HFA).

My son likes to travel and loves to stay in motel/hotels.  He especially loves motels with pools. My son is use to road tripping as we have been doing it since birth as most of our extended family lived far away.
What 16 looks like
Tips for Adventuring with Those with Aspergers/HFA

Surprises aren't very successful - Those with Asperger's/HFA thrive on the predictable and routine.

Keeping your routine even in a different locale is helpful. This goes back to the predictable and the routine.

Comfort Items are a must. My son has a teddy bear named Stitch.  The name Stitch comes from the movie Lilo and Stitch. The bear has more frequent flier miles than most people.
Stitch the Traveling Teddy

Plan ahead! TALK A LOT about what you are going to do and what might happen if you can't do something. Preparation is essential. Plan B's and C's need to be thought of.

Practicing is a good thing.

Don't have an adventure during the time that is not good for your child and more prone to meltdowns. We use to have trouble with nighttime hours and had more meltdowns during those hours.  So I didn't schedule much during those hours.

Pack your sense humor, flexibility, and patience.
Me and My Son

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

31 Days of Adventure - Radical Adventures (Urban Adventures)

This past year I read a  book called Hidden Cities by Moses Gates. This memoir is about a guy who likes to undertake Urban Adventures.  It about those who ignore the trespassing signs and go into the catacombs in France, climbing bridges in various cities, and running the subway tunnels looking for secret abandoned locations.  I don't do any of these things myself but I do like reading about their adventures.

I don't think many of us are going to be breaking and entering in our adventures. But there are a number of ways to have an Urban Adventure Lite.

Explore a Fort - We are lucky to live by a number of decommissioned forts that are now parks such as Fort Casey.  These are so fun to explore.

Victoria has a 31 Days Series on Exploring LA and did a post on exploring the Old LA Zoo

These are totally legal adventures with the same feel as an illicit adventure.

I am joining the Nester's 31 Days of Writing.  Check out my entire series - "31 Days of Adventure."

Anyone else do Urban Adventures?

Monday, October 20, 2014

31 days of Adventure - Girl Friend Trips

I am joining the Nester's 31 Days of Writing.  Check out my entire series - "31 Days of Adventure."

I love my kids and my hubby BUT it is so good to go on adventures with my friends. My friend, Mrs Epi, and I have been on numerous exciting Girl Friend Trips.  Mrs Epi is definitely my partner in crime and we have similar adventure philosophies. Our favorite adventures are those that involve thrift stores.  When we do these mega thrift trips, we don't have a set destination.  We stop at locales that look interesting. This usually makes for interesting encounters.
When Pigs Fly
One of our first rearrangements
Sometimes we like to rearrange. Thrift Stores are sometimes a jumble. We started putting like stuff with like items.  Shortly after we did this a couple of times at our local Goodwill, we showed up and Goodwill did this on their own.  Our local Goodwill is really into recently creating Vignettes.  Do they read the Nester's Blog and 31 Days of  Vignettes

Goodwill Vignette

On these trips we just encounter the odd?
Prosthetic  legs
Anyone else thrift and consider it an Adventure?

Updated Snake Wreath

I love my snake wreath but it needed something.  I saw glow in the dark snakes at the dollar store so Mrs Epi and I added them to the wreath.  It kicked it up a notch.

The spiders on the door are simply hot glued to magnets.  That is the beauty of having a steel door.