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Day -1: The adventure starts

April 12th, 2011

Technically, there is one day left before my plane departs Los Angeles – precisely 25 hours, 4 minutes, and 2 seconds (anyone willing to make bets on the departure time accuracy?). While on a long drive back from the Monterey Bay area this weekend, I realized that the adventure had actually already started. After all, one doesn’t have to leave the country to do something adventurous. For me, this adventure involved a weekend of contra dancing with complete strangers at the Queer Contra Dance Camp in Aptos, California. Well, they were complete strangers for only about 30 minutes because once I started walking around the camp, every single person I met was friendly, open, and welcoming (am I repeating myself?).

Jeep against giant redwoods

The camp site was beautifully-located in a redwood forest area overlooking northern Monterey Bay.

I won’t go into details about the whole event because, frankly, I’m too tired and brain dead to communicate it well. I’ll just say that the live music from KGB combined with fantastic callers and dance partners taught me that I can have a whole lot of fun with music that I didn’t even know I liked and people that I know almost nothing about except that we share one interest in common, contra dancing.

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Sorry – no more pictures of the dances themselves because I reviewed the pictures I took and they were either of the wonderful redwoods in the camp area or of the Saturday night sea-themed dress-up contra dance and since I like to maintain anonymity of the innocent, I won’t publicly post the pictures of pirates, sailor, sea mermaids, outrageous hats, fun outfits, frilly skirts, beautiful man in a corset, and, yes, even a drag queen dancing contra and English country dances. I guess you just had to be there…

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  1. April 12th, 2011 at 14:41 | #1

    I’m glad that the weekend sounds like it was fun. Did you get the business cards yet? How did they turn out?

  2. Ksully
    April 12th, 2011 at 21:47 | #2

    Fantastic! I wish I could’ve seen the drag queen dancing contra, sounds fabulous. I’m so glad you went and thinking of you as you fly through time and space to your first destination!

  3. Jennifer
    April 13th, 2011 at 02:48 | #3

    The sun and the trees look spectacular! I’m so glad you got to take a few days to have this experience! I’m hoping the next legs of your journey are inspiring and full of fun. I miss you already!! Travel Safe!

  4. Sabrina
    April 13th, 2011 at 07:02 | #4

    That picture of the Redwoods look amazing. Look forward to following your trip. Good luck and have fun!!!

  5. Ukey
    April 13th, 2011 at 10:24 | #5

    Have a great trip Sandy!!! I miss you very much, but at the same time, I am very excited about your adventure that has started. Enjoyed the post, pic and the sound!!

  6. Zoe
    April 14th, 2011 at 05:49 | #6

    I had a great time meeting you and dancing with you! Looking forward to following your journey here.

  7. Roger
    April 15th, 2011 at 15:44 | #7

    I hope your flight went off as sheduled and you are in Hong Kong or perhaps Vladivostok by now. Write soon as I worry a little about you crossing so many miles of ocean, but mostly, I wish to share in the excitement of such an adventure. Send a picture of the first mountain you see, it is so terribly flat in Mississippi.

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