Today we went to the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin and looked at the world of origami. Being a creative person, I love artwork in all forms. The exhibit consisted of large paper and metal origami sculptures. The artwork is not something that I personally have practiced, but it inspired me to be creative again.
Alchemy Unfolding captures the delicate nature of paper folding in metal. Five sculptures by Santa Fe-based artist Kevin Box – three with collaborators Robert J. Lang and Michael G. LaFosse.
In the past, I traveled to southern Florida in the winter, where in the tropics you are usually guaranteed warm weather and sunshine, but this year I went to Clear Water Beach, much further north in the sunshine state.
Although at the time, the weather was not as warm as I would have liked, due to a cold spell, it was warm enough to walk the beach, bicycle and eat at outside cafes, a welcome change from the frozen Midwest tundra I had left behind.
Clear Water Beach has something for everyone. It has a beautiful clean beach, an amusement park for kids, and trendy local restaurants and nightclubs to play in at night.
One of my favorite things to do is to photograph clouds, so I quickly took this opportunity to snap a picture of the incoming clouds one rainy afternoon. Luckily I was able to soak up some sun before the clouds appeared.
A few years ago, I went to Costa Rica and had many first time adventures including white water rafting, swimming in hot springs, and zip lining above the rainforest canopy.
I was staying at a local organic echo farm, Finca Luna Nueva Lodge, and enjoyed the scenic rainy drive to Monteverde Cloud Forest, which has the longest zip line in Costa Rica.
Excited to zip line over the rainforest canopy, we took cable cars up the steep volcanic terrain, going higher and higher into the forest. We were informed that at a certain point, that if we changed our mind, it would be too late, and that the only way down was to zip line.
Before we reached the top, we were given a mini experience of what starting and stopping entailed. Stopping was abrupt due to the speed of travel. I then reached the point of no return, and was secured into my harness and prepared to launch.
My adrenaline raced as I jumped off the platform and began my long journey back down the rainforest.
The first thing I remember was how painful the rain was as it hit my face like shards of glass. I could barely open my eyes as I sped from one zip lining station to the next. I remember being shocked at how high I was and the speed that I was traveling.
Monteverde Cloud Forest zip line consists of 15 cables and 18 platforms. It’s an exciting and adventurous experience. Views of the lake and Arenal Volcano are visible as you fly above the rainforest canopy. Although it wasn’t my first time zip lining, it was certainly one of the most adventurous life experiences that I have had, and I would defiantly recommend it to anyone traveling to Costa Rica. My only advice would be to go on a day that wasn’t raining.
Last week I traveled to Dunedin, a small coastal town on the Gulf of Mexico. Dunedin is a hidden gem near Tampa and Clear Water Bay, with trendy outside cafe’s and a hiking-biking trail that runs through the center of town to the oceanfront. Bikes can be rented for a small fee as you stop for drinks or lunch along the way.
Dunedin has a laid back feel to it and offers a variety of healthy restaurants, including a popular organic juice bar, which was my favorite way to kick start the day.
The Jolley Trolley is a bus that runs along the coast and travels to Clear Water Beach, A day pass costs only $5.00.
Honeymoon Island is a barrier island off the coast of Dunedin, a beautiful secluded beach that stretches for four miles. A trip not worth missing.
If you are traveling to Florida, you may want to check out this beautiful, laid back community. I had no idea it existed, as I usually travel further south, so it was a complete surprise to find that a bit of “Old Florida” still exists.