Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Adventure!

Embarking on my adventure...


Have not meant to neglect my blog for 3 months,
but I do have an adventure to blog about.

I haven't traveled since 2003, when I went to visit my very sick grandmother
in Stockton, California. Only a month after my visit, my grandma passed away,
and I was unable to go back to attend her funeral.
Oddly enough, when I returned after my visit to my grandmother,
I attended my first ever Duran Duran concert at the Rialto theater here in Tucson.

This recent adventure also involves Duran Duran! A strange coincidence!!

This time though seeing them for the first time with my best friend of 27 years.

My friend Simika lives in Hesperia, CA and the concert was on April 14 in Pomona, CA.
So I flew into Ontario the day of the concert and Simika met me at the airport.
We got ready in rooms at our hotel near the airport.
I wore hot pink jeans and a green toned leopard print sleeveless top. ;-)
And being only 4'9", had to wear 3" platform sandals. I could write another blog post on my adventure of trying to find shoes (that fit - I'm a size 5!) for the concert,
but ended up wearing a pair I already had. lol

Thank goodness also for the VIP tickets we had too, guaranteeing we would be in at
least the first few rows, though we hoped to get as close to front row as possible.

Here are a several pics from the concert:



Do you think we were close enough? ;-)

It was awesome!
It was a great time, except for a bit of a sore throat from all the screaming I did. ;-)
And despite having been worried about some of the minor health problems
I'd been experiencing for over half a year (fatigue, muscle aches, dizziness),
I felt great the entire time, pain free! Gotta love adrenaline!!!

I stayed to visit with my friend and her two daughters - 16 and 9 years old -
for a couple of days after the concert and had an enjoyable time.
We had one bit of scariness when my friend's car had some engine trouble and
we had to wait for the tow truck at a rest stop off the highway (for 3 hours!),
but there was a gas station, small convenience store, McDonald's,
and three cell phones to use, so it was only a minor inconvenience.

Here is our view as we were waiting (I forgot to mention it did get dark on us):


Before the car trouble, we'd been to Hollywood Blvd., my very first trip there,
to see the Duran Duran star on the Walk of Fame, and some of the other sights.
Very interesting people on Hollywood Blvd.! :-)


Here are a few photos from that adventure:


And in two weeks, I will be embarking on yet another adventure!
Again back to California, but this time to Northern California, to see family and friends.

I have been offered a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium with a childhood
friend who also has a degree in Aquatic Biology. I was born in Monterey (Fort Ord),
so this is a special trip for me for many reasons. When I was in high school I had
plans to study marine biology, but then moved out to the desert. ;-)

My family lives in Stockton and though there's nothing much exciting about the city of
Stockton, it will be very nice to see everyone though and do some catching up!
Seven years between visits is a long time. :-/

Thanks for letting me tell you about my adventure!

Happy Creating!!
~stephanie~



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