Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Times of my Life

I've been on many adventures in my lifetime. Considering my sheltered upbringing, I'm quite amazed and extremely blessed when I think of all I've had the opportunity to see and experience. I've visited San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Reno, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Virginia, Newark, Albany, the five Burroughs of NY, Atlanta, Savannah, New Orleans, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, El Paso, Juarez Mexico, Baltimore, Orlando, Jacksonville, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Key West, Denver, Colorado Springs, Vancouver (Washington), Seattle, Portland, Vancouver British Columbia and the country of Ecuador. I've lived in Seattle, Fort Lauderdale, and of course, Phoenix.

While in my early years of college, I climbed (okay, was driven) up to the top of Pikes Peak mountain located west of Colorado Springs, at which time I practically had to get on oxygen due to the elevation of over 14,000 feet. Then a tour of the Cave of the Winds followed by a tram ride over the Royal Gorge. I've taken a ferry ride in northern Washington to Orcas Island for the opportunity to ride a moped around the island and take in Orca whales jumping in and out of the water. And I've visited Vancouver, B.C. a couple of times. Many adventures.

Then there was a Smithsonian Institute visit while in our country's capital of Washington, D.C. And a stop at Arlington Cemetery and a walking tour of Georgetown. Of course, I'll never forget my first visit to New York City at which time my friend and tour guide dragged me (at times, literally) to take in the Empire State Building, two Broadway shows, the Guggenheim museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), and finally, a trip up to the observation deck of the one of tallest buildings in our country at the time (with pictures to prove it), the World Trade Center, the year before the towers fell. I've also been to the southern most point of our country found in Key West, Florida for some shallow water snorkeling. Many adventures.

I have camped at the base of Mount Rainier, near Seattle, and gotten stuck in a dry water flume that I had to climb my way out of with the hilarious, non-stop laughter of my camping buddies cheering me on. I've kayaked on Lake Union in Seattle and taken a helicopter ride over Mt. Saint Helen's (post volcanic explosion). I've walked portions of Central Park during each different seasons on different visits and saw Iron Maiden at Madison Square Garden. I've attempted snow boarding in Lake Tahoe and I've seen the Grand Canyon several times. So many adventures. 

Most recently, I've visited the country of Ecuador to meet family and had the opportunity to stand on the equator, zero longitude and latitude. Many, many adventures. 

Yet, none of them equate to the adventure I've been experiencing for the past seven months. The fun part is beginning during this final trimester of my pregnancy and, in a few weeks, the birth of my son. This is the time of my life, as I bring a new life into this crazy, adventurous world. I'm beyond grateful and blessed. So many adventures.