One Year of Extreme Adventures!

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.Ā 

– Mark Twain

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76 thoughts on “One Year of Extreme Adventures!

  1. Several of those things I’ve either done, or are on my list.
    For the ones I haven’t done, the smiling in those pics shows just how much fun they could be.

    And I totally want to do that Vegas building drop.

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    • The Stratosphere Sky Jump was a great adventure. Standing on the 108th floor of a building on the outside makes you feel small and insignificant, but when you step of that platform and fall through the sky, you feel powerful and in control of your life and your fears. Just thinking about it gives me goosebumps again.

      Which of the adventures were your favorite?

      Lesley

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      • You know, comparing them is like apples and oranges. I love rock climbing as much as I loved hanggliding, but the two can’t really be compared.
        Skydiving is in a class by itself (my first jump was a static line), as is scuba diving, or surfing. Or kayaking.
        Each gave me a completely different type of thrill – sky diving was terrified elation, but climbing for me is a sort of focused intense joy.
        bungee jumping is the next big one I need to cross off my list. Hoping to fly out to Portland next year to do it.

        Which was your favorite?

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        • Although I enjoyed everyone, I still have a special place for sky-diving. I don’t think anything compares.

          I do love white-water rafting though and I’ve been on the river four times this year.

          šŸ™‚

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    • Once you’ve found yourself in an extreme adventure experience, you long to return and be filled with the overwhelming emotions and thoughts.

      Which adventures have you experienced?

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment; it’s appreciated.

      Lesley

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  2. What an incredible array of extreme activities! Since I’ve only recently come across your blog I haven’t read everything you’ve done, but this set of pictures seems to sum things up pretty well. You seem to have incredible amounts of enthusiasm and energy! Amazing.

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  3. These pictures do sum up a major part of my life. If I could add travel and family in there, it would almost create a full picture. šŸ™‚

    Your photography is beautiful! I look forward to your posts.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment; it’s appreciated.

    Lesley

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  4. Hi,
    I love it, and good on you for trying it all. I’m a bit of a chicken, but I do admire people that can have a go at almost anything, and what fantastic photo’s, memory’s worth keeping.

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    • I love any and all adventure. I can only hope that my child / children will have the same enthusiasm for adventure and travel.

      Have you tried any extreme sports?

      Thanks for commenting; it’s appreciated.

      Lesley

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  5. Lesley; most amazing images and adventures. You amaze me with your stories and travelas and the things you do with so much enthusiasem. I at first feel jealous but then feel envigorated and enthused to try more things that I’ve been hesitant to do. (& I’ve done a lot). You know how to bring spice to life. Thanks for sharing your joy with me.
    Best Regards
    Jim

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  6. I appreciate your continued support. šŸ™‚

    I’m not sure if I believe in an afterlife or anything more than what we have on this earth so I want to make the most of it. I spent a few years with very little direction and I think it was the best thing that ever happened to me because now I see every day for what it’s worth.

    I love your Silver Surf photo! It reminds me of Newport Beach. I think I’ll pack up my chair and a lunch and head there today šŸ™‚

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  7. Wow! You are my hero. I am afraid to do a lot of things shown here, especially the Stratosphere drop. I need to continue reading your blog so that I am encouraged to face my fears.

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    • I never want to wake up and say, “I wish I had of…” but that doesn’t mean that all fears should be faced. I fear most underwater adventures. Swimming with sharks, especially without a cage around me, wouldn’t be fun for me. Although I fear it, experiencing it is not one of the things I will say I wish I’d done. I’ve overcome that fear to the best of my abilities by swimming with dolphins and beluga whales, which is enough for me.

      I hope you have all of life’s experiences that are important to you. šŸ™‚

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment; it’s appreciated.

      Lesley

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  8. Wow, you are so adventurous! I wish I had the spirited initiative you do – I’m extremely afraid of heights, and not really even liking flying at the moment. I admire your courage and hope one day to be able to conquer my fears.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    – Jenn Smith

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  9. Jenn,

    I’m sure I have lots of fears that I would hesitate to conquer, it just happens that flying isn’t one of them. I love being in the air and I often long to be in the skies.

    Good luck overcoming your fears šŸ™‚

    Thank you for taking the time to comment; it’s appreciated.

    Lesley

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  10. Lesley,

    Thanks for stopping by lifeonespoonful as it gave me the opportunity o be inspired by your blog this morning. At a early age, you figured out what some take a lifetime to discover. That we get only one go ’round this carnival they call life. We had better eat all the chili dogs and cotton candy we can. Keep up your amazing adventures and may your adventure into motherhood add the color you never knew was missing.

    All my best,
    Amber

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  11. “You go girl!” Great adventures. Incredible photographs. Great attitude! I too agree with your first comment; you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. And indeed 20 years from now, when you look back at the photos you took, share them with your children, and appreciate the memories in life you experienced. Encourage them, and others, as you are encouraged to explore and dream! I reflect back on my previous 20 years and the photographs represent a part of me.

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  12. Incredible. I admire Your courage. There are many things that I could not do. In the future consider driving fast on German freeways where no speed limits are. It is an experience to drive at the speed of 155 miles / h among fellow drivers. I enjoy it and that is why we make our car holiday in Germany, just to drive fast. Think about it, it might be something new.

    Happy experiences!

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  13. Wow! Honestly I haven’t tried any of those as much as I wanted to.
    Looking at your photos, I could tell it is indeed an experience everybody should go through, a feeling anybody should feel even just once in their lives.
    I am so envious. I wish one day I’d be able to travel my life like the way you did – full of adventures and thrills!
    Thanks for sharing these photos Lesley, it somehow made me feel I was there šŸ™‚
    Hugs!

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    • Thanks Caszie! We try to do something new every week, but sometimes it can be a challenge. We’re heading to Catalina Island this weekend so we’ll see what we can discover. Have you ever been there?

      Thanks for reading,

      Lesley

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  14. Wow, you do have a very exciting life! Thank you for finding my blog and liking my photo…I think it would have taken me a while to find your blog, and I have to say, I don’t think I could do without reading all about your adventures and seeing the pictures that accompany the words! All I will say is that you must try to get to New Zealand (if you haven’t been there yet!) and do 1. Jump off the Sky Tower. It is essentially like what you did in Vegas at the Stratosphere, but it is the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere, and 2. go Zorbing!!! That, truly, was the most fun I have ever had…but you have to do the wet version, it adds a whole new dimension!

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    • I thrive on the encouragement when it comes to adventure and travel. it’s such a major part of my life that I truly enjoy hearing others are doing the same. Although I don’t think I’ll make it to New Zealand this year, it certainly holds a place on my Bucket List.

      Have you ever been to California?

      Lesley

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      • Lesley,
        I actually am from California! haha I have lived all over the state, but have been mostly in Socal and most rencently, San Diego.

        Well, I think based off the amount of of replies and likes on your post, there will be no end in sight for your travels!! I am pretty much a baby when it comes to doing some of these “extreme” things, but I did jump off the Sky Tower in NZ, partly for bragging rights and partly to show myself that I can do it. Haha It was an experience, that is for sure…but not sure I would repeat it! But hey, I tried it, right? Maybe I leave these things for more adventurous people like you, and I will live vicariously through your posts and pics! You should try to get to NZ sometime…it is beautiful. My friend skydived in Taupo, on the North Island, and was amazed because she could see both sides of the island!

        Alex

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        • Well Alex, at least you gave it a try!

          I love living in Orange County; it’s like a non-stop dream world. If you find yourself in the area, please let me know. I’d love to here more of your story over lunch.

          I love the picture in “Photo of the Week”. I makes me want to be in the mountains now.

          Keep the comments coming; they are appreciated,

          Lesley

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      • That is so funny! I grew up in Tustin! I love OC as well, I think we might be in the minority of people brave enough to admit it, though! That picture I found from an article that was talking about the receding glacier here in Peru. The ice used to go down to the base, and now it has shrunk over time. But it was a spectacular photo, which is why I decided to try to make it work for my header! haha

        I am actually living in Lima right now, working with a company here. But might be back around Christmas. Would love to try to catch up over lunch, though I think you will have more exciting stories!
        Alex

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  15. You are awesome! I’ve been wanting to skydive forever and I think you’ve inspired me to make a solid plan to do it. What does the free fall part feel like?

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    • Like nothing you’ve ever experienced before! It is freeing and liberating and it’s like your heart is pumping better and your senses are heightened. It’s the ultimate drug!

      Let me know if you take the fall.

      Lesley

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  16. Hi Lesley, I like this one, that quote is the best one for everyone who wants to see the world, those pictures above are still on my list. Keep on blogging šŸ™‚

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  17. Hi Lesley, You Rock!!! As many commented you are living the world who many envies to have….adventure and travel, lovely husband and a cute little angel coming :))) I love love all your adventure clicks…I need to read all of our blogs now šŸ™‚ Congragulations for the baby. Now that you have already started baby product reviews I am sure you are already thoroughly enjoying your 10 months adventure as well šŸ™‚ and btw thanks for visiting my blog and liking my clicks.
    šŸ™‚

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  18. Your Adventures are Lifelong!! They won’t stop because you have kids, you just adapt to the change & from what I can tell from your posts I don’t think you are the type of person to stop you being who you are.
    Congratulations on your life, truly someone who is living & experiencing what it means to be alive.

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  19. Life is just totally awesome! I’d love to know how do you afford all this?! I live quite an adventurous life but it is not quite as extreme as yours and it’s really just all because of money.

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