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52 Hike Challenge – Hike 1


Good morning!

A few weeks back I broke my toe and metatarsal during the night, as I was going back to bed from the restroom. Lovely! Anyway, it is pretty much healed now. A few discomforts , but nothing to really complain about.img_5162

I decided once my foot was feeling better I would join the 52 Hike Challenge on this past Monday. Well, I did it! I joined on Monday. Educated myself on the challenge and am going for it. I had been wanting to do it for months and am so glad that I finally did!

First off, I love to hike. I don’t get out enough and this is just the little extra push that I need.


My favorite photo of the day. Looking up at the big, big trees.

I don’t get out as much as I like, because I have a busy family life. No complaints here though, I wouldn’t change a thing. I just need to fit in more time for me, which can be hard certain days. I am fortunate to live in an area where I can find a great hiking spot rather easily at the last minute.  Woot!img_5168

Tuesday was the first day I had a hike planned. I was thinking a 6 miler up at the Land of Medicine Buddha. I have a favorite hike there that I haven’t done in quite a long while. Well, bam, I am gifted with watching my Great Niece for the rest of the week. No worries! I’ll just take her with me for our first hike together. So, that’s what we did.

It’s fun and challenging hiking with a 2-year-old. Challenging, because they are very slow and rarely do you get to do more than a mile if they are walking on their own. Fun, because they are so fun to teach about the woods and see the wonder through their eyes.

It was a GREAT morning hiking with her and nostalgic. I use to take her older sisters hiking with me when they were little. I can’t wait for the 4 of us to all hike together. What a wonderful day that will be!

I’m just so excited that I got my first hike in, even though, only just over a mile, I got it done. It was a gorgeous day and exactly what Madison and I both needed.  🙂


Missing The City


FullSizeRender 9 “The City Bathed In Orange” Original Untouched Photograph by Kathleen Shelfer

Last night I attended a Birthday party on the Zinfandel Yacht out of the Alameda Harbor. It was fantastic! I never even fathomed that we would be going under the Bay Bridge and having the most amazing views of The City.

It was 6:30 p.m. and the sun was going down. We all boarded the yacht. With it being such a hot day, we went immediately up to the top deck to cool off and find a seat. As the Birthday Boy boarded the boat, we headed back downstairs to say our hello’s and Happy Birthday.  Big hugs too.

I don’t really want to get into then whole logistics of the party.  What I really want to talk about is the views of The City.  The memories it carries for me and how much I enjoyed remembering them last night.

As I watched the sunset over the Bay I realized what I was looking at.  The Bay Bridge with The City in the background. I was in awe.  Frozen to the amazing view.  I found an open window and just stared.


I am still a little baffled at how to exactly explain how I was feeling.  I was happy. Excited. Calm. Just to name a few.  Even a little sad. I had memories flying through my head of the great times that I have had there.


San Francisco is the first City that I had fallen in love with. It’s as pure and simple as that. I am so happy that I was able to experience the views of The City at night from the Bay again.  It had been too many years. The last time was with my friend, Taylor, one 4th of July when I was 27, or 28. What a night that was! Another story, for another day.  😉





This really stuck with me today. It can’t express how I feel any better.  It also reminds me of what I need to do in my life. What I think about constantly, but don’t follow through with. That I need to just speak and not walk on eggshells. That I need to do more for myself and what makes me feel good.  

I want to thank, Rachael, a friend on Facebook. One of the very few friends that I have on Facebook, that I have never actually met in person. I adore your drive for life. For peace. For health. For education.  ♥


Meet Gypsy

I have a new fun toy and I’ve named her Gypsy.  She is a fun-loving free spirit.  She is my new Electra Bike.  She is beautiful!!!  I just love her!

Meet Gypsy

She really is so much prettier in person.  Probably the last bike that I will ever have for pleasure.  I can just picture myself on this bike when I am 90.  My long hair flowing in the wind.  Still not wanting to wear a helmet.  Hahaha!  🙂


Random Beach Crasher


On Tuesday I went for a walk along East Cliff with a friend. We came across this man crashed on the beach. I couldn’t stop laughing at the randomness of what I was looking at…
A sleeping Man.
An empty bottle of wine.
A pack of cigarettes.
An open laptop.
A backpack pillow.
His bike.
A sword.

I hope his morning was productive before his nap. 🙂






Some days I really want to paint. Lately I haven’t.  Actually, not in several, several months.

I started painting, because I thought I would try another artistic outlet for myself since I am not good at any other artsy things. Every time I do paint, it is like I am learning all over again. It is different every time and I love it.  It relaxes me. Focuses me. Brings me calm.


I have the images in my mind, but as that image goes through me and down my arm and out my hand with an art utensil of any kind, it usually looks like a kindergartener did it.  Seriously!

Some days I think of selling some of my paintings.  Well, the ones that I actually don’t hide in the closet, which is most of them.  I do show them to friends when asked. I mostly just give them to friends as gifts.  If someone likes one, it is usually going home under their arm.


I do have a couple that I really liked, and those went to special people in my lives.  If they hate them, I guess they can hide them in their closet too.  LOL!

My Husband has had a request in for some time now of an Arizona stormy sunset. I have several photos, just haven’t tried it yet. I’ve never really taken the clouds on and they seem a bit intimidating.  I really need to do it just for him.

Sometimes I paint something, because it reminds me of someone.  Like sunflowers remind me of my Niece, Jennifer.

I thought that I would share some of my paintings today. They are all oil on canvas.  Some you may like and others you may not.  Same as me.  I am my own worst critic. 🙂



81 Degrees

The pool is at a nice temperature of 81 degrees today.  Just a perfect temperature to dive right in.  No chill.  No trepidation.  For my taste, I like it a few degrees cooler.  I like that feeling of the water taking my breath away just a little bit.  My nipples getting hard and the hesitation of the cold.  Today wasn’t quite a let down, but a nice surprise.  Especially with the temperature being over 105 each day, the water is inviting on all levels.  I enjoyed it today.  Un-nipply and all.  🙂


WordPress A Post A Day/Week #40 ~ Describe Your Last Vacation

Describe Your Last Vacation

Well my last vacation with my family was in June, but I want to tell you about the last “adult” vacation I had.  It was a surprise vacation for me from my Husband for our 10th Wedding Anniversary.  He took me to Cancun.  We stayed at The Royal.  An all-inclusive adult only resort.  It was amazing!

I wanted to back up though that tell you what happened at before we left.  We were to be leaving on Easter Sunday.  The Friday before we went out to dinner with some friends for Indian food.  My stomach was feeling odd before we left.  I thought it was hunger pains. To make a long story short, by the next morning at 4:30 a.m. I had driven myself to the ER.  I was diagnosed with an appendicitis.  A couple of hours later I was in emergency surgery for an appendectomy.  Come Sunday morning, Easter morning, I was recovering in the hospital.  Needless to say, we were not flying out for my surprise Anniversary trip that day. Andrew had to change all of the reservations for a week later.

Our trip started out with a driver picking us up to take us to the airport.  We had cocktails on the plane and a great flight. We laughed, held hands, talked and enjoyed ourselves.

Our shuttle picked us up from the airport. We arrived at the resort and it was just beautiful.  Not too large either.  Just perfect! After registering in a private registration area while drinking champagne we went to our room.  There were rose petals on the bed, champagne on ice, chocolate covered strawberries and other sweets and an amazing view of the ocean.  It couldn’t have been better.

The coolest thing about this trip was that Andrew planned it all and each day was a surprise event.  We would get up in the morning and I would quiz Andrew on what I should be wearing, what I should bring.  Bathing suit, no bathing suit… water shoes… good camera, waterproof camera… things like that.  It was fun and exciting.

One of the days we walked down the road from the resort.  To my surprise we were going scuba diving.  It was my very first time and I got to do 2 dives that day.  It was amazing.  It rained a bit that day too, but it didn’t matter.  I just couldn’t believe that I got to actually dive in the ocean the first day that I learned to dive and with only a very short instruction.  Amazing!!

Since it was an all-inclusive resort we got to enjoy all the wonderful food. There were several restaurants on the premises that we had access too. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner was always a special treat.  Something different each day. Japanese, French-Mexican, as well as several others. Small private dinners with a private Chef. Sharing a table with people from around the world.  It was so cool!

My favorite breakfast of all time.

As you could imagine the sunsets were amazing in Cancun.  I can never resist them.

Each night there was a different show in the central area.  Every one would gather and relax on the comfy couches and chairs.

The pools were beautiful.  Surrounded by in the sand cabanas and lounges.  Relaxing never felt so good. Being able to hang out at the swim-up bar while enjoying the weather. This resort is a must to visit again. The beaches and sea was always calling my name.  We even swam in the rain.  It was coming down so hard it stung my skin at certain times.

On another day we took a cab to the local water park.  Andrew had signed us up to be Dolphin Trainers for the day.  Talk about smart animals.   Wow, these dolphins were so cool.  This is one thing that I would love for my children to do sometime.  We were educated about them.  We swam underwater with them.  We played with them.  What a cool day that was!

The last day we were there I was surprised with a Hummer Jungle Tour.  I got to drive my own hummer while following our guide in his.  Our first stop was to the Mayan Ruins not far from our resort. Our guide gave us a private tour.  I loved listening to his stories. He was well-educated and knew so much about the history of the area. Our next stop was at a cenote.  They are underground caves and natural springs probably a good 30 feet under the ground.  We climbed down the make-shift stairs and ladders.  There were underground docs built.  Stalagmites hung from the ceilings and walls.  The water was crystal clear.  We swam, jumped from the ground floor in to the pool, swung from the zip-line and dropped into the water.  There were hammocks hung over the water and small lanterns to light up the cave.  It was nothing like I have ever seen before.  After swimming we had lunch.  There was a misunderstanding of how long the tour was, so we had to skip the second cenote and the zoo.  Since we had to get to the airport I got to haul ass through the jungle on the way out.  So fun!  What a fantastic trip this day was and the best way to end the most wonderful trip.




One last thing… my gift from Andrew.  A beautiful set of diamonds set in platinum… an Anniversary Ring.  🙂   xo

WordPress A Post A Day/Week #39 – Describe Your Dream Vacation

Describe Your Dream Vacation

I’ve always wanted to go to Africa.  Spend a week in the jungle.  Sleep in a hut listening to the animals at night.  Watching the animals stroll by during the day.

I love reading books that took place in the early 1900’s people traveled to the most wonderful places, stayed in huge beautiful tents, lived on the land. Enjoyed the land.  I know that people travel now, but it is so different.

The second week would be spent on the coast in Africa, exploring and scuba diving.  

I will get there one day.

The photos that I have added to this post were taken at the Out of Africa Wildlife Park here in Arizona.  What a wonderful place that was.  🙂