I’ve already established that I see reading as an adventure in its own right. I especially love reading books about adventures that other people have experienced and how their lives were changed by extraordinary events, either by choice or by force, the latter of which is the case with Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout in her memoir, ‘A House in the Sky.’
The book chronicles Amanda’s 15 months spent in captivity as a hostage of a militant Islamic group in war-torn Somalia, along with the events and choices she made that led to her violent kidnapping at age 27. Her story is both terrifying and captivating at the same time. While I was horrified at the hideous conditions in which she was held, I also couldn’t put this book down for fear that if I didn’t reach the end and find out how she managed to be freed, she’d never escape the hell-on-earth she was trapped in. I’m not sure if it was because she was the same age during her captivity that I am now or maybe I saw a bit of myself in her adventurous spirit, but I felt so connected to this story that half way through, I was committed to finishing this book as soon as humanly possible. I’m serious – I tearfully turned the last page while on my lunch break sitting with my crew at a Tex Mex restaurant yesterday! Continue reading →
It’s been a while since I last updated, but it most definitely was NOT for lack of adventure in my life! The last post I wrote was about how my current job has been an adventure, and the last six months have proved that to be undeniably true. I’ve been mostly on the road, traveling through the Midwest and Southern California working more than 80 hours a week. With what little free time I have, I’ve still been committed to seeking out adventure – a hike in the Smoky Mountains, visiting the top of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, and finally attending a home game at the Dallas Cowboys’ home stadium – but I’ve also been planning something.
ADVENTURE: Meeting outrageously interesting people, finding the best sunset spots, and driving across part of the country……all in the name of reality TV.
WEEK OF: September 1-7
WHERE: The Midwest
I will admit, this week I didn’t go on any incredible adventures in my spare time. The thing is, I haven’t had a hell of a lot of spare time lately.
You see, I’m in the middle of a five week work trip that is taking me around the good ole Midwest to several places I’ve never been before and has given me the chance to meet all kinds of new, interesting people. So, I’ve decided to take the opportunity this week to be grateful for my job and the crazy fun adventures that it allows me to have. Continue reading →
Early morning view from the first mile of the hike….most of Pasadena and the valley still asleep in the clouds!
ADVENTURE: A 12 mile hike up to Echo Mountain and Inspiration Point
WEEK OF: August 11th, 2013
LOCATION: Alta Dena, CA
After last week’s successful 9-mile hike and the triumphant feeling it supplied me in the days following, I decided to follow it up with an even longer hike this week…..because, apparently, I hate my feet. They’d just begun to tolerate me again, and when I broke the news to them we’d be doing 12 miles this week, I’m pretty sure I heard a wretched, suicidal moan coming from my hiking boots. Continue reading →
ADVENTURE: A 9 mile hiking loop through Santa Anita Canyon in the San Gabriel Mountains
WEEK OF: August 4th, 2013
LOCATION: Arcadia, CA
If you’d have asked me a couple of years ago to go with you on a 9-mile hike on a Saturday morning at 5 AM, I would have looked at you like you were an insane drifter who’d wandered into my big city, late-night, booze-heavy life and asked me climb Mount Everest with you wearing just a bikini. It would have seemed that impossible to my limited brain. Continue reading →