This is a shout-out to Kylie Bellard over at effervescence.me. She founded The Itty Bitty Adventure Club. This is one of my little, big adventures, and what happens when you practice being unreasonable.
This is also a shout-out to friends. I hope we’re still planning little, big adventures when we are in our 80s.
My friends and I have been planning little adventures together for the last year or so. Nothing really dangerous. Mostly just things that are fun and outside of our everyday lives.
When we first started doing adventures we started super small. Our first adventure we just met for drinks at the local meadery. At the time, it was pretty exciting because we didn’t all know each other. Some of us knew others of us, but no one knew everyone well. I was nervous. Would everyone get along? Would we be friends?
Yes. We had some drinks and became best friends. The End.
Just kidding! It was just the beginning! That day we started a friendship that led to our most recent adventure – a weekend in San Luis Obispo.
This last weekend my friend Whitney (the rascal) and I drove down to visit Megan (the unexpected). Megan had moved down there a few months ago and we’d promised to visit. We had a million things planned for the weekend, and let me tell you… it was busy, but we just about got all of them done.
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt
First thing in the morning, we ran out the door to go thrift store shopping. And holy moly, the stores had some awesome stuff! Megan had scoped out all the best shops and we got some sweet deals on shirts, dresses, jackets, and even a jumper. But the Number 1 find of the day had to be the full length faux fur coat!
That afternoon we went wine tasting in Paso Robles. I swear, the central coast area of California looks a lot like Tuscany, particularly when the sun is setting (except for the oak trees). The sun gives the rolling hills a warm, golden glow. Grape vines in neat lines come right up to the road. We left with the lingering taste of red wine and chocolate, and in the company of good friends. I know I sound like a cheesy commercial, but I swear that’s what it was like.
Later that night, after Megan fed us amazing homemade fried chicken, we loaded up the SUV and went 2 miles to the local beach, where for $5 you can drive your car on the sand and have a bonfire.
We built a fire just a few meters from the ocean. It was so dark you couldn’t see anything but the fire and the occasional headlights of another vehicle heading further down the beach. You could hear the waves constant crashing. The temperature was down in the 40s, a chilly night for California, so we huddled close to the flames and wrapped up in blankets. I wore my new fur coat. We ate licorice and sipped cider. And when it finally came time to leave, we ran to the ocean in the pitch black, giggling and squealing, trying not to get wet while we filled up bottles with salt water, then ran back up to pour the water on the red coals.
Then we went back to Megan’s place, turned a movie on, and Whitney and I literally fell asleep sitting up on the couch. It was an awesome day.
What adds to the adventure is knowing that just a year ago I never could have had this experience. I wouldn’t have taken a full weekend trip; I had too many reasons not to. Think of the cost of gas, not sleeping in my own bed, and don’t forget what my digestion does when I travel.
Even while I was down there, I was fighting “being reasonable”. Think about the Number 1 purchase, that amazing fur coat. A year ago I never would have bought it. My reasons? I don’t have anyplace to wear it, its never cold enough to need one (I live in California for goodness sake), and I don’t have space in my closet.
Thankfully I’ve been practicing my adventuring. I’m practicing doing things that are a little outside my comfort zone, a little unreasonable. That fur coat? I’ll wear it those times when I’m feeling sad, watching girly movies, and eating ice cream. Or it can be a prop at all future photo shoots – imagine a red dress photo shoot with a fur coat! Or I’ll start a costume trunk, and keep it there for my children’s children. Not too mention it was only $17!
And that weekend? Look at all the amazing experiences I would have missed if I gave in to being reasonable. I’m not saying everything about the trip was perfect (ahem, digestion), but the wonderful bits are what I’ll add to my happy memories collection. The wonderful bits are what I’ll tell stories about. The wonderful bits are the ones that are growing my confidence in adventuring and in myself.
What little adventures have you had recently? How did you step outside your comfort-zone? Or what kind of little adventures would you like to have? Also, if you have any suggestions of fun things to do with a fake fur coat… Please share in the comments below.