First-Time Adventures

Before I started blogging about my adventurous traveling spirit, I was enjoying a lot of first-time adventures at home.  While laying on the couch (my favorite activity), I would complain (maybe whine) that I had nothing to do.  One day, I woke up and said “Nat, you live in South Florida.  There are several things that you can do in your own backyard.”  I think we take for granted that you don’t necessarily need to get on a plane to have adventures and/or experience.  They can be right around the corner


Almost two years ago, a friend invited me to go skiing.  I was so excited and thankful for the invitation because I never been skiing.  It would be my first time. I spent weeks looking for ski clothes. The right outfit will give you the confidence on the slopes.  I found great deals at Peter Glenn.  (Would you believe we have a ski shop in South Florida?).  I was ski ready skiing1 Well, on the first day on the slope, I spent more time falling than staying upright. I gave up after a 10-year-old had to help me get up. This December, I am going to try skiing again in the Swiss Alps, hopefully, I will be successful.


However, on the second day, I went tubing.  Now this was an activity I can do.  I had so much fun.  I even won the gold medal for tubing.

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My next first adventure was  kayaking. Initially, I had a hard time figuring out the paddle for going forward. I had no problem going backward. Go figure ? The good news is that I did not land in the water and I had a great workout.

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Oh, how I remember the first day I went snorkeling. I even purchased a brand new swimwear. Ladies, strapless is not a good idea.


I was petrified. I started to question myself such as do I even know how to swim? Just know that my courage and confidence showed up and I was able to enjoy the experience

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Several years ago, I had a work assignment in Carson City, NV and I saw they had paddleboard yoga class. If I am not mistaken, I started practicing Bikram that year. I inquired and went to my first session.

Once again, I was fearful. What happens if I fell off the board? A good friend reminded me to stand up, it is only 3 feet deep. I laughed. I only fell off twice because the instructor wanted me to do a routine on my left side.


After the paddleboard yoga in the pool, I decided that I was brave enough to try in the Intracoastal of Fort Lauderdale.  I even took off my life jacket.


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Fear is a state mind and first-time adventures last a lifetime.

All of my first times taught me to push through and continue, you may fall or fail, but if you never try, you would not have the experience or adventure. I hope you enjoyed my first times.



(19) Comments

  1. Sassy

    Wow! Love all the activities you did! This post makes me so jealous, I’m craving for an adventure right now. Lol!

  2. Amber Myers

    This all looks fun! I haven’t done any of this yet. One day I’d like to ski at least. I’ll probably stink at it, but still. I’d try.

  3. Holly

    We do seem to take for granted the things we have in our own backyard. I used to live in large, tourist city and never done half of what was there always thinking I would do it later. Now I live 1200 miles away and “later” never came. 🙁

  4. andrea

    I LOVE snow tubing. It is a BLAST; I need to try some of the other activities you suggested.

  5. My Shopping Diet

    Wow I’m jealous you are so adventurous!
    Good for you! My first time skiing I got on
    the black diamond slopes by mistake lol. It
    was a fun trip back down lol.

  6. Rose

    You are me but, I am not you. Two of my summer goals were to kayak and paddle board.

    Iam impressed that there is a sky shop in Florida but it all paid off. I’ll bet because you were outfitted right is why you one th gold.
    I don’t even sunbathe in strap less so it is noted to not try snorkeling.

  7. Agnes

    Looks like you are having a blast with all your adventures. Fun!

  8. Janine Good

    The skiing looks like great fun! I haven’t done it in ages as I broke my wrist the first time I tried haha. The kayaking looks fab as well. I love kayaking!

  9. Shane

    Working a full time job it’s so important to find adventures nearby. Love that you’ve taken the initiative and don’t just sit on the couch at home!

  10. Shelby Bromley

    I’d love to be in South Florida! I want to snorkel someday.

  11. Alessandra

    I would absolutely love doing all these activities and I have already done some of those! Anything in the water is so much fun for me. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  12. nathanielle

    So much fun!

  13. Ruxandra

    I have never tried any of those activities but I wish I had the courage! I would definitely love to try yoga on a paddleboard!

  14. Ari

    So many fun things to do! I’d love to try Paddleboard Yoga!

  15. Lulle

    Looks like you’re having fun! I’m terrrrrible at skiing, but I love going to the mountains in the winter. I should really try Tubing!

  16. Jennifer

    Everything looks like it was SO much fun! What an amazing experience! I have always wanted to try snorkeling. I think it would be amazing to see what’s underwater in an ocean. I am nervous to try skiing, but I have heard it is a lot of fun! Great post.

  17. michenn

    Awww these look like such fun adventures. It’s so awesome that you tried them!

  18. Ashley J. |

    Paddle board yoga looks amazing, right up my alley!

  19. Inez

    Your pics all look so fun!! The only thing I haven’t tried yet is paddle board yoga. I think I would have to perfect not falling over doing regular yoga first!

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