Friday, April 1, 2016

A is for Action

As a participant in the A to Z Blogging Challenge, I will be making my way through the alphabet all month.



I feel like I've led a pretty full life. I really don't have any complaints. There are still many things that I would like to do (see Mila Kunis naked, in person) before my time here is over, but it's been a great ride so far. Some of my greatest memories involve how hungry my brothers and I were for excitement in our younger years. It seems that every time we left our house, we were in for an adventure and the possibility of stitches or an emergency room were no deterrent.

I have written in past posts about how we all wanted to be stuntmen when we grew up. Despite none of us actually pursuing that career in our adult lives, we believed it wholeheartedly well into our teenage years and practiced rigorously. We jumped out of moving vehicles to dive into snow banks. We intentionally rolled vehicles. We practiced getting hit by cars. We lit ourselves on fire. We jumped from vehicle to vehicle on the highway. We threw ourselves off roofs, barns, and anything else we could find. We were the ones who climbed the water tower, jumped on passing trains, crashed trucks through barn walls, and tried out the bike ramps that others thought looked too scary. We saw our share of emergency rooms, but the adrenaline rush was well worth it.


Today, I still have that yearning for adventure, but it is much tamer. Seeing some action now usually involves what happens in my bedroom after dark. Sometimes, before it's dark…and it's not always in the bedroom.

Action for me now also involves seeing new places and having new experiences. I would like to walk on the Great Wall of China someday, but doubt I'll have a yearning to jump off it or ramp a motorcycle over it. All those trips to the emergency room have wreaked havoc on my body and I've been known to take my time just stepping off a sidewalk curb. I don't want to jar my back or twist an ankle.

My wife and I have found a new to have some adventure in a way that is significantly low-impact. It involves a little daring and sometimes quick reflexes, but there is little  concern for injury. All we need is ourselves, a camera and the right location.

Dead Horse Point State Park
Utah - October 2014
I know this isn't for everyone, but we have a great time doing it. We find a beautiful place. Locate a secluded spot and then get naked to snap a few pictures. This has become our new favorite vacation activity and it provides the adrenaline rush I have missed from my younger years without putting myself in grave danger.

Only three of these pictures have ever been seen by others and never really show anything.  It's just fun to be known as the crazy couple and our growing collection of canvas prints is getting rather impressive.

32 comments:

  1. Fascinating hobby! Do you ever do your naked photo shoots in cold climates or stick to warmer ones?

    Cheers - Ellen | http://thecynicalsailor.blogspot.com/2016/04/a-is-for-anchor-nancy-drew-investigates.html

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    1. It is usually warm, but we couldn't resist getting some naked snow angel pics after the last big snow. That was cold.

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    1. We have had a few close calls. No one has caught us yet.

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  3. As the words of the "greatest movie ever made" you had me at hello...you are my best friend and I'm glad to have gotten to share in so many great memories a few are detailed in your blog...

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    1. And I hope to detail a few more this month. Thanks for coming by. We''l have some more adventures.

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  4. Loved the "Action"..in our hearts we all are sucker for a little action, arent we? Looking forward to see more of yours..
    @Subhmohanty from
    And Life Unfolds

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    1. Thanks for stopping in. Hopefully, I meet expectations.

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  5. Ooooooh my goodness - am I glad I stopped by here! Love the idea of doing such a crazy thing, but I'm not sure I would be so brave! Adding some adventure to our life is something we all need, though. Very cool! :-)

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    1. The first time (the one pictures) was just a joke. We found ourselves pretty secluded and I thought I had an idea for a picture.

      We had no idea it would become a regular thing.

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  6. That Mila Kunis thing? Yeah, you can count me in.
    I love that naked thing. And here I thought having pictures of me tying my shoe in different places was avant garde.
    Well played.

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    1. My favorite ones are pictures we took in an abandoned amusement part in Tennessee, but no one gets to see those.

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  7. Not going to share this with hubby. He'd copy the idea, crazy man - crazy men! LOL Good for you!


    Thank you for posting for the A to Z!
    Ninga Minion @YolandaRenee from
    Defending The Pen
    Parallels
    Murderous Imaginings

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    1. Ah?! Not even once. You guys should try it. It's quite a rush.

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  8. Yikes! Um, can't say I'm quite the danger-seeker you were back then. but come to think of it, I used to break horses to ride. Maybe that qualifies.
    Great post. Eek, learning a lot, LOL.
    Also regarding A to Z on Unicorn Bell: Nope, just the one blog. I'm not suicidal after all. and the posts are shared between eight writers so easy peasy.
    CD Coffelt at UnicornBell

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    1. I broke horses in my younger days. My parents made us do it because they said "we bounced better".

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. Wow! That is something else! Thrill-seeking, indeed! I sort of love the idea, although I'd never have the guts to do it!

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    1. If you can get the guts to do it once, it becomes much easier. You even start taking a few risks you wouldn't have before.

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  10. What an amazing thrill! Happy a-z!

    (Hope your parents had nerves of steel back then!)

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    1. They most certainly did, but we were sure to test their limits every day

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  11. Hmm an interesting idea. I'm in an exotic place..now if I just had someone I trusted to take the photos.
    @ScarlettBraden from
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    1. You would be amazed at who is willing to step up and do this for you. In fact, it's usually easier when it's a stranger. Someone you will never see again as opposed to someone you know.

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  12. I remember when it first came out, people asking if that picture (posted above) was photo-shopped. Outrageous!
    I love the thrill, you sexy beast!

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    1. And I love it too. I think it's warm enough now, we should go get some more.

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    1. It most certainly is. Everyone should try it at least once.

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  14. Great post - made me laugh! Love the description of your rackety childhood. I have four brothers so know how reckless the male of the species can be.

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    1. We got a little out of hand at times. It just made the experiences better.

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  15. Hahahaha, action and adventure are not my cup of tea.
    I hope you get your share of adrenaline as you blog hop during the challenge.

    All the best for the challenge :)

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    1. Thank you very much and thank you for dropping by.

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