Let’s Get It Started

Happy Valentine’s Day after and thanks so much for stopping in on the first blog post for On A Dime Life and On A Dime Adventure. This initial post is aimed at the beautiful lovers, the joyfully wedded, and the rest of us, the “we’re sexy and we know it so let’s get Taco Bell” crowd.

The goal of this blog is to share some fun, inexpensive, and mostly legal secrets for good times that can be had by all. However, should anyone think the crazy gorgeous (rumor has it, edited) photos and scintillating (rumor has it, rewritten) commentary represent a life in its entirety, please know that we’re not denying the rough times, we’re just ignoring them. Simply put, this site is only ambitious enough to seek out some things that might make our day a little happier without any over the limit fees or chocolate orgy. In other words, when speeding tickets, the stomach flu, and the “I’m not getting out of bed until someone brings me coffee” days happen, we most likely won’t be going there. We’ll stick to the “I’ve had my coffee and life is in session” moments.

We all know those moments–the “life is in session” ones. The times when we are fully present, like the birth of a child (especially sans anesthesia, “fully present!” remembers this mommy) or when we are falling head over heels in love or on an amazing vacation. It’s these often one of a kind and very finite moments–the ones that grow our soul and are so cherished–which we’d love to magnify and multiply.

For this first post, we wanted to go big, to pass along something perceived as out of the box and potentially a bit challenging or (according to my guy) very wacky and most likely downright miserable. We’re talking full moon kayaking in freezing water, to see limestone tufas on Mono Lake. I know, right? It was the obvious choice! “A no-brainer”, says my guy with a sweet smile. Ok, maybe it could be referred to as a bit masochistic. “Sadistic”, my guy corrects–he’s such a kidder. After all, he did choose kayaking over plan B which was an evening watching an all time favorite, HELLO DOLLY. He decided hypothermia, like inserting a paperclip into a light socket, might be sort of a rite of passage.

As a traveler, one rite of passage is the ability to go with the flow and this can be a challenge for someone who plans ahead and runs a tight ship. So Friday morning my guy flew in, I kayaked into the airport with the car attached beneath the boats, brought him on board where he promptly directed me to an adjacent parking lot and reattached said boats to the car properly. From this point on, it had to be smooth sailing, right? I had everything in line and operating efficiently–except the weather (ruh roh!!).

Mono 2
View of incoming storm
Mono 1
Stunning Mono Lake trail on deserted Navy Beach

That’s right, we arrived at Mono Lake to rough water, stormy skies, and then absolutely stunning beauty. Adventurers, when you visit this 2 million year old wonder, pull a fast one. Skip the main viewing area and head up the gravel road to Navy Beach. If you are lucky, like we were, you will be the only one to do this and have the most mystical beach walk and sunset viewing to ever unfold. The shifts in the plan and the unexpected moments often make for the most glorious “life is in session” moments. The fee for Navy Beach? $0. On A Dime Adventure loves it when they won’t even take our dime!

This blog will be sharing future moments in which life is in session and flourishing on a dime. Some moments will be teeny, tiny, unscripted and imperfect and others will have involved advance planning and cunning execution as in avoiding hypothermia and HELLO DOLLY. All will have one thing in common; they will be moments when time seems to stand still, even briefly.  It’s our hope that you will also share your cherished moments because the best life has to offer is offered when life is in session.

“Life is in session” is a quote credited to the late Kevin Cordasco and used with gratitude and love to the Cordasco family. Kevin, thank you for rocking a village, transforming many of its villagers, and making us all laugh so very hard.

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Photos were not color enhanced–this is exactly what we were seeing. Magic.

Sunset 4
View toward Mammoth from Navy Beach
Mono 3
Tufas at sunset
Mono 5
Photo worthy cloud formation
Navy Beach right before sunset

11 thoughts on “Let’s Get It Started”

  1. Truly beautiful scenes from God’s Great CREATION!! Enjoyed your commentary. Thanks for sharing! Good reminder to not take for granted or let SPECIAL moments go unnoticed!!

  2. This is beautiful!! You inspire me to go out and explore. I love the photos and the locations! I must go to these places too. Thank you for sharing these wonderful, life inspiring experiences.

  3. What an amazing beginning to what I am certain will be an enlightening and motivational blog!!!!! Can’t wait to follow, learn and share…..

  4. Wow, wow and wow-this is such an amazing blog. Love it!
    I’m looking forward to more amazing photographs and new sites to see. Yay!!!
    Can’t wait!
    Congratulations to you 🙂

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