The MidLife Adventuress

Seeking Breathless Wonder in the World

“Once a year, go somewhere you have never been before” ~ Dalai Lama

December 28th, 2014

On a day, just like any other normal day, I answered my phone.

But unlike any other normal day, I received an invitation to go to Alameda.

Now, being from California I have heard of this town by name, but that’s it- didn’t know anything about the town-never been there-never knew I should go there. But after I heard Victorian houses with Christmas decorations I said to myself…when the universe calls you with a gift…girrrl, say yes!

So that is how I found myself in Alameda-a small island 7 miles East of San Francisco-for a whirlwind 3 days of sisterhood fun.

We landed on the heels of a much touted storm, but here’s the thing about travel & weather-you need to be as prepared as you can but more importantly you need to be flexable.

Which for this trip meant boots, rain jacket and umbrella all packed & ready.

Turns out I only needed my umbrella for 20 minutes, the jacket 50% of the time, and the boots 100% of the time.

I luv boots…and yet I live in Hawaii where we wear slippahs…so any day I can wear boots is a good day!

And my boots are made for walking…

This brand is wonderful on your feet…I can walk for miles and miles… And have in Paris with these same boots-ditto their sandals They are pricey for sure, but when you factor in hurt feet=crappy time –they are so worth the money.

Ok…Enough side shoe talk back to the adventure…

With no real expectations for this adventure except knowing whatever was going to happen was bound to be good-After all, I was going to be in Alameda, a small island chock full of Victorian Homes and Bungalows,and in the company of some fabulous women.

Really-how could it not be good?

And it was fabulous!

Each day & night we took long walks around the island.

Scenes from a winter walk:


Loved, loved, loved the houses.

From the Painted Ladies…

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To the Stately & Grand & the sweet little Bungalows…




And the Whimsical…


And the houses dressed for Christmas…



We walked and walked in breathless wonder of the sights before us.
Stopping to admire every detail of what we were seeing…


When we needed a meal or a drink this is where we landed…

Mexican food at its best! La Penca Azul



Burma Superstar-great food Burma Style

-excellent food, mojitos & company equals Happy Girls!
Apparently we all got the memo, wear black or a shade thereof…



A stop at Jays for Mexican hot chocolate- made just like Moms!


And, of course,

no one had to twist my arm to stop at Tuckers Ice Cream…they have been making ice cream since 1941-yum!


And a nightcap at where else for these Hawaiian Girls…the Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge


…After 3 days of breathless wonders it was time to click our ruby reds



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