Adventurous Questions

So, I got these from Melanie from Sparks From a Combustible Mind (I always separate that title, but I don’t think it’s supposed to be separated… oh well). Anyway, she got got them from Rory over at… I think it’s called A Guy Called Bloke…?. Here are the original questions, and here are Melanie’s answers. Go check them out. From Melanie’s page: Today’s topic is … Adventuring, Exploration and Traveling:

What are five [in your eyes only] top quality Adventure films? Adventure films… hmm. I’ll have to think about that. An “Adventure Film” is defined as a film that generally uses its action scenes to show and explore exotic locations in an interesting way. In no particular order here goes: I suppose Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (that would be the first Indiana Jones movie for you whippersnappers) would be an adventure film that most people are familiar with I quite enjoyed that one. I mean, it’s the definition of an adventure movie, right? It was filmed in Tunisia though I believe is was meant to be set in Egypt. And they gallivant all over the world in that movie. I only saw one other Indiana Jones movie, and it was… okay.

I did enjoy the first The Mummy from 1999 too. I mean, that would be an adventure movie as described because it was set in Egypt and I think parts of Africa. And they wandered into other parts of the world.

handmade movie poster
My movie poster – life is an adventure. 🙂

And, according to IMDb and their list of “100 best Adventure Movies“, Deadpool is an an adventure movie. Granted, it’s way down on the list, but hey, why not? I liked it. I don’t recall any exotic locations from the Deadpool movie, but maybe people consider the city it’s set in — is it New York? I dunno. — exotic. It’s been a while since I’ve seen it. I mean, he did wander to a few places on his revenge quest, but is that really all it takes to be considered an “adventure” movie? Whatever. I enjoyed the movie, and hey, if IMDb says it’s an adventure movie, who am I to argue? 🙂

And if Deadpool is an adventure movie, then so is The Man from Nowhere (though it’s not listed as such… but who makes these rules?). I’m gonna put it out there as one because why not? The Man from Nowhere is a Korean movie made in 2010 that is difficult to explain so go read the link or watch the movie. It’s pretty good.

IMDd also lists the first Star Wars — listed here as Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope though when it came out, it was just Star Wars — as an Adventure movie, so I’ll take their word for it. I suppose you can’t get more exotic than outer space, huh? So the very first Star Wars movie to come out in theater is a good adventure movie for me. I liked it. I enjoyed seeing it in the theater. I didn’t really like the rest of them, but I’m like that. I’m not a fan of sequels. I mean, I’m okay with them, but for me the first story is always the best one. I’m just weird that way.

What would be your ideal adventure [not holiday – adventure] I’m assuming you mean “holiday” in the European sense as we in the States mean “vacation” so I’ll go from there. I’m not really the adventurous type (though some would argue with that). I’ve mentioned before how often I’ve moved, yeah? Most of the times that I’ve moved from one state to the next, I didn’t have a job lined up, or a house, or even a place to stay. I just packed my car and off I went, hoping for the best. I did this multiple times in my lifetime. I’ve been told — multiple times — that that’s pretty bold and daring. For me? It was just following my path. My life is basically my ideal adventure.

If you were planning your Adventure of a Lifetime which is the best season for you to go? Whatever season I decide to go on said adventure. I suck at planning ahead, so I don’t even try. One Wednesday morning I said to my then roommate, “Hey, want to drive to Salem this weekend?” and she was all, “Sure, why not?” so we hit the road on Friday night after work (we lived in Virginia), drove through the night — it was a ten hour drive — got there Saturday morning. Did a bunch of shopping and sight seeing. Stayed Saturday night and drove back Sunday. I don’t remember what season it was, but we had fun. Those are the kinds of “adventures” I enjoy. The spontaneous kind. I miss them. And, as I mentioned before, my life is my adventure. I don’t need to plan one. I’m living mine. Well, I was… right now it’s on hold, but I’l be back to it soon enough. I just gotta heal a bit. ^_^

What kind of activities do you enjoy doing and what would you never do? I like walking. Walking is the activity I like doing the most. And sitting. 🙂 I’m not an active person. I could hike. I’ve hiked before. I suppose I could do it again. I would never bungie jump. Not even on a bet.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year out of the answers below, where would you choose?

In a Castle — I wouldn’t mind living in a castle for a year. I mean so long as I wasn’t the only person living in said castle. Like if it were a castle filled with people, I would be okay with it. However if I were the only person in said castle, that would be a nope for me.

Under the Sea — So there are several horror games revolving about biospheres that went terribly wrong under the sea. I think that the writers of those games have no faith in humankind at all. I do, but! I don’t like the idea that if there’s a leak, we all die a horrible death. I have trouble going through tunnels that go under water, so I don’t think I could live under the sea for any length of time.

In a Forest — You have to be more specific than this. Like, in a cabin in the forest? In a tent in the forest? Will I be stationary in said forest? Am I wandering through the forest? Can I have a car, truck, caravan/camper? Am What am I living off of? Do I get trips out of the forest to resupply over the year I’m in there? I’m not a hunter. I can’t fend for myself. I need the grocery store. Yeah, I said it. I’m soft. I mean I could totally rock a forest house so long as I’m not restricted to the forest for the whole year.

In a Dungeon — Again, details matter. Like, am I imprisoned in said dungeon, or is it just open for me to live in? And where is the dungeon? Is it below a city? Do I have access to the city? Like, a year is quite a long time. If I’m imprisoned in the dungeon, do I get meals and so on? Because so long as I’m getting food, clothing, and shelter (maybe some books and yarn to knit stuff with) and no one is beating me or anything like that, I suppose I could withstand a year in a dungeon. Unless it’s a Skyrim dungeon… then I’m screwed. 🙂

On an Alien Planet — So long as there’s air to breath and interesting aliens to talk to, and so long as said aliens aren’t trying to kill me, enslave me, or do experiments on me, I think that might be doable.

On the side of an Active Volcano — there are so many active volcanoes around me right now it’s not even funny. Mount Rainier can be seen from just about anywhere in the Seattle area and it is an active volcano. I’ve been living alongside it for quite a while now. Now, we can’t live “on the side” of said active volcano, because there’s no property available there. But don’t think that will save us if Mount Rainier erupts. If that mountain decides to blow its top, we’re all dust

What are three great adventure quotes?

Live! Live! Live!
Who knows what awaits us after death?
Sometimes the biggest adventure is simply being alive.

America is named after? The American continents were named after some Italian dude who was on one of the three ships in Columbus’s first trip. I forgot his name. Let me look it up. Here it is: Amerigo Vespucci from the wiki. Like, I don’t know if he was on the ships or not, but that’s what we learned in school forty some odd years ago. I’m very much a Live in the Now person. While people lament about how ignorant we Americans are about our History, I put to y’all that I, personally, don’t care much about history in general other than an overall sense that it happened and all I need to know are the basics. Amerigo Vespucci existed, and the American continents were (probably) name after him. That’s all I really need to know. Everything else is just so much filler.

Who reached North America first out of the following people’s? Spanish, British, Vikings, Portuguese — It’s commonly held that the Vikings were the first Europeans to reach North America by way of Greenland way back in, I want to say the 10th? century or was it the 9th? I hate numbers. Anyway, that’s pretty much common knowledge. I learned about that in school too, and I just watched a documentary on it the other day actually. However, North America was already populated when they got there, so they didn’t actually discover a new land, seeing as there were already thriving civilizations on the continent. Spain came over first, but I think they hit South America, then Britain was all about North American, and Portugal tried but didn’t get a foothold in North America.

What was Christopher Columbus’s aim of his second voyage to the New world? Conquest and gold.

What happened to the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan? I dunno. Doug might, but I don’t. I know that the Aztec culture was wiped out, so I’m assuming they died.

What was the most exciting adventure you have ever been on? Can’t say I’ve been anywhere that would be defined as exciting in the traditional sense… like running through tombs from big boulders or being chased through parks by prehistorical beasts, or even seeing a ghost in the flesh (as it were). I’ve been to the Grand Canyon and walked on the Skywalk, which is a glass bridge that extends out over the canyon in a horse shoe shape for about a hundred feet or so (I think, check the link, it explains it). That was kind of exciting. I know a few people who would find that too much for their blood. I’ve driven across this big country of mine all by my onsie about… three times. That was fun, and I suppose some would call it exciting. I enjoyed it. I know a few people who would find that a little too exciting for them. But what’s exciting for one person is just… meh to the next.

Picture of an entrance sign I took during a trip in Mississippi

Where in the world have you had the most fun exploring as an adult? The cypress swamps of the Southern USA. I love them. The Great Dismal Swamp is pretty awesome actually, but all of the cypress swamps are like a mystical places for me. It’s like stepping into a new and different world. I loved walking through them. I didn’t “explore” them in the traditional sense in that I walked the beaten path that was already laid out for me. Because they were swamps, dear reader, complete with water on the ground, and snakes and possibly alligators in said water. But I really appreciated my time there. That and any time I walked through the Redwood Forest of the Pacific Northwest. Man, those trees are enormous. It’s almost magical in a completely different way than the cypress swamps. There’s a rain forest up here in Washington State, did you know that, dear reader? It’s called the Hoh Rain Forest, and it is magnificent. I’ve only driven through there, but even the drive is pretty nice.

When in Rome, one does as the Roman’s do, however When on a Sandy Beach, one does…? Whatever one wishes? I dunno. I don’t go to beaches as a rule.

Whilst out and about exploring on an adventure, what is the most scariest thing that has happened to you? I’ve had a few close calls whilst out and about, but I’ll tell you the one that came to mind. So I was on my way to my sister’s house. She lived in Mississippi, and I lived in Virginia, so it was a 13 hour drive. Now, whenever I’m driving alone (or with babies and toddlers as was in this case), I like to drive at night so I’m not driving in traffic. Many of the roads in the South are lined with huge ass trees, so at night it’s like driving through a big tunnel. It’s kinda freaky if you are like me and don’t like driving through tunnels. Add on the fact that there’s nothing for miles and miles to break up this ginormous tunnel and on top of that there’s always the danger of a deer running out in front of you. So, it’s about midnight and I’m toodling along in my little station wagon with my three kids — two toddlers and a baby — sleeping in the car. And, I’m driving down this huge tree-tunnel. One of my big fears when driving like this has always been having a deer jump out in front of me. But I figured since I was the only one on the road, I figured I could drive a little slower. So I did.

picture of headlights
This is what I saw in my mirror for miles

I was cruising at about 50 when this huge pick up truck comes behind me with his bright lights flaring at me. This person comes right on my bumper and tailgates me for, miles. Like… miles. Flipping their brights on and off, and honking their horn. Now, dear reader, we are the only two people on the road. This truck could have passed me, no problem at any time. I have no idea who they are or why they’re acting so aggressively and I’m certainly not about to find out. I just keep my speed and wait for them to get tired of their game. And I pray a deer doesn’t jump out at us while this person is so close on my bumper. After about ten minutes (I guess, could have been three, could have been twenty, I wasn’t really watching the clock, but it seemed like forever), dude decides they’re not gonna make me go faster and they start to pass me. Wouldn’t you know it? A flipping deer decides that was the perfect moment to jump in the middle of the road. We both slam on the brakes. The deer stops in front of me. I stop just before I hit it, dude goes roaring past, and the deer just walks calmly on. The kids slept through it all. Ha! Crisis averted. But damn if it wasn’t a close call.

Of the following choices which would you prefer to explore?

A sunken city — So I’m assuming this sunken city has been excavated? And is it sunken below another city? We’ve got one of those below Seattle. I’m sure other cities have them as well. Or is it sunken below the sea? Either way, I don’t like being under ground or under the sea, so… no

A lost city — Not until it’s been found, excavated and open to the public.

A forgotten city — Same as the lost city, thanks much.

An uninhabited island — Nope, nope, and more nope. Not unless I can bring a team with me because while I enjoy my own company for a while, I totally need to know that there are other people near me for my own sanity.

Why did you pick your option above, what appealed? I picked none of the above. 🙂

Would you rather swim with sharks or dolphins? This body does not swim in the ocean. Right now, it doesn’t swim at all. If, however, you gave me the choice of a shark or a dolphin, it would be a pretty even choice. Sharks aren’t mindless eating machines, and we’re not their first choice in prey. And dolphins can be assholes. Honestly, I’d rather just leave the both of them alone to go about their business whilst I go about mine.

Read the article this comes from, it’s interesting.

What’s the worst piece of travel advice you have ever received? You can’t drive cross country alone. You’re a woman. All kinds of bad things will happen to you. Didn’t you hear about [insert urban myth here]? You’ll end up dead on the side of the road. Or worse. Take a man with you.

What’s the best piece of travel advice you have ever received? Make sure your spare tire isn’t flat before you head out.

What is on the top of your bucket list? I don’t have one.

Best musical track you can think of for each of the following: exploration, adventuring or travelling? [Please provide links] My brain just can’t link those two things together… sorry. I listen to whatever I listen to.

How many countries [or States/Counties] have you visited – please list. Countries… USA. States? Here’s a map: These are all of the states I’ve visited, as in gone to and stayed one night or more in. I’m not listing all of the states I’ve driven through, stopped in, or just visited tourist traps in. Otherwise, the only states not colored in would be Maine, Hawaii, and Alaska. 🙂

States visited

Just for funsies, these are the states I’ve lived in since my first marriage in 1985. If you take out New York, the rest of them are the states I’ve lived in since our divorce in 1996. So there’s that.

Three items you simply could not travel without? Driver’s license, change of clothes, and cash money I suppose. It used to be that you wouldn’t know who accepted credit cards, and I never trusted traveler’s checks, so cash money was a sure bet, but those rules have changed. Everyone takes credit cards nowadays. Huh. Weird how things change when you’re not looking. ^_^ I think cash money is still handy though. Just in case.

Right now, dear reader, my days of gallivanting are limited. It took me like, five hours to write this post. I’m tired. Way tired. I have good days and bad days. But my bad days are not as numerous as they were a month ago, so there’s that. 🙂 But hey, I’m still here, in this great adventure we call life, and that’s okay by me.

1 thought on “Adventurous Questions

  1. Melanie B Cee

    Absolutely fascinating!! Your map(s) remind me of that old song “I’ve been EVERYWHERE, Man”….heard that on the radio the other day. Nothing like old C&W to get the toe tapping. 🙂 I’ve been told (as well) that because I’m a woman and an old gimpy woman at that, that I ‘cannot’ drive places by myself. And when I drove four hours north to a town on the Idaho/Montana border in January, I found out I really can’t. It’s not because I don’t have a man to accompany me, it’s that physically I can’t do that any more. One of the biggest regrets of my life too. ‘In my day’ I used to LOVE to hop in the car and just go somewhere. I could drive 8 or 10 or 12 hours without anything but the occasional pee break and stops for gas. That sort of travelling was something I really cherished. *shit* Getting old SUCKS and is no adventure at all, no matter what those bozos say about it. 😦 Thanks for doing the quiz Willow! Rory really puts in some effort for these things and I think one finds out a lot of interesting stuff (not PRIVATE, but interesting) about one’s fellow bloggers!

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