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#AdventurousApril: Adventure is What You Make of It!

20 Apr

As it may be apparent by this point this month was about adventure! But what adventure can come out of April?? All there is is school, school, and more school! Unlike other peer mentors, I wasn’t the star of a show nor did I roller skate my way to epicness… I simply lived and that’s an adventure we sometimes forget to have.

What do I mean adventure in living? We all are alive, breathing, and going. Think about it. A lot of us go day-by-day just performing our daily routine in hopes of getting through without much mental effort. Most days consists of just routine. How often do you stop and appreciate a beautiful flower or stroll through the grass with no shoes on just for pleasure?

If you’re anything like me, a senior with 100+ commitments and little time for anything, you usually just get things done and don’t do much for personal pleasure until the weekend. But why live like that?

So my personal adventure for the month of April was to do things that I loved to do and not because I have to do them.

1. Pictures of the beautiful flowers blooming. Seriously, take a second and just look at them!

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2. Walking on the grass barefoot. Best, most relaxing feeling ever!

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3. Diamondbacks game. What more can I say?

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4. Crafts! This was both a personal as well as an RA-related task. Either way, very invigorating!

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5. Tucson Botanical Gardens! I walked through a room filled with butterflies 🙂

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6. Nature walks with my favorite boy, Keeno.

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7. Spring Fling 😀 All that food and the rides were definitely a great break from routine!

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Yes, these are subtle things to do that don’t necessarily induce fear or excitement, but the importance in adventure is not the extremity, but how you alive you feel! All these activities rejuvenated my being and made me realize the beauty of being alive, breathing the wild air. These adventures help me conquer routine. Find whatever adventure suits you, whether it’s big or small… and just live!

– Lucero

 

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#MiddlingMarch: Breathe in the Wild Air

10 Apr

Let’s be real. By spring break, the majority of us were mentally fried. Just ready for a break. Personally, the week before spring break I couldn’t even think straight.

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All I cared about was a week away from classes, homework, work, research, and even campus (which is kind of sad considering the fact I live on campus).

So in my desire to get away from all of it I fled to the one place that has never let me down: nature.

My plan, originally, had been to behold the beauty of our very own Niagara-style falls here in Arizona: Grand Falls or Chocolate Falls. However, my lack of planning for this journey resulted in a fail as we couldn’t go. Apparently, they require a permit to go visit them and well, I didn’t get one. Should have listened to my girlfriend earlier in the month when she was nagging me about looking into the visit more in-depth.

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So me being the brilliant planner that I am, paired with the fact that we were already up in Flagstaff and probably shouldn’t waste the opportunity, I mustered a Plan B. Don’t want to toot my own horn, but let me just say this plan was genius!

We ended up going to Oak Creek Canyon, halfway between Sedona and Flagstaff. So the trip down to the actual trail we were undertaking was a beautiful, winding drive down. The scenery was beyond breathtaking! See for yourself:

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We started off strong! I had my new hiking boots on and was ready to take on the world (or this trail)!

 

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At the very beginning we crossed a lovely bridge. I was obsessed with the bridge and this one tree at the end of it, so I took a picture on the way back.

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There were also some ruins of a lodge that had been there in the past. Pretty sweet pictures came from that.

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As we got closer to the actual starting point, we encountered this sign:

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I don’t know about you, but I ain’t about to fight a bear.

So we went on and on, crossing the creek several times (we did 9 out of the 13 crossings in total). Remember those new boots I mentioned earlier? Well, they were waterproof and that made me ever so happy! My girlfriend, on the other hand, wasn’t so stoked about crossing the creek in her sneakers. Sucks to suck.

About 3 miles in, we decided maybe completing the hike that day wouldn’t happen. It was already 4:30pm and the sun would start setting soon making it dark and cold. So we turned back. We finished around 6:00pm as the sun set. On the way back, I took a million more pictures.

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After leaving the trail, we decided to hit up Sedona. I LOVE SEDONA! The beautiful rocks, the artsy environment, and the awesome food! I am determined to retire there when I am older.

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That same day we drove to Phoenix, where we managed to meet up with my best friend, and explore some fun places there.

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Later on in the week, I went to the Catalina Mountains for some good ole camping and some restoration volunteer work. This was part of the Honors College Alternative Spring Break, so this was a great experience to learn about nature, help it out, and bond with a great group of friends!

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So as you can see nature is my form of rejuvenation. I am absolutely happiest when immersed in nature and I am more than okay with that! Find your passion and happy travels 🙂

-Lucero

 

– Lucero

#NovembertoRemember: A Trip Down Memory Lane

10 Dec

In spirit of #NovembertoRemember I asked myself, why compose a blog about only one event that happened in my life this November? Instead, why not make a compilation of amazing, mostly unexpected memories?

With that said, let me walk you down my November memory lane.

Stop #1: TUBAC

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My November started off strong and inspiring with a trip down to Tubac. For those of you not familiar with Tubac, Tubac is a small, artsy town with minimal attractions and mostly inhibited by retired individuals. Every so often, they host art festivals that attract more diverse crowds such as my lovely friend Ciara and me. That day being a Sunday, we thought what better way to start our day than with a nice walk through Tubac looking at the art and creations.

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After our exploration phase, we decided some amazing dessert sounded just right. So we headed to a local restaurant in Tubac that has amazing fried ice cream. As the pictures show… we devoured that delicious dessert!

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Stop #2: ALL SOULS PROCESSION

Nothing says November to me like Dia de Los Muertos! If you’re familiar with Tucson, you know that people really get into the Day of the Dead celebrations. To celebrate those who have left this world, we decided to attend the All Souls Procession parade. We had initially planned to make it to the event right on time, but after make-up and some messing around we were about an hour late and as a result had to chase the parade down. However, we had fun and this was the end result of our preparation:

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Personally, I feel last year I did a better job, but the celebration was all the same.

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Stop #3: EVANGI’S 2nd BIRTHDAY

If you are lucky in life you find that one person with who you are everlasting best friends no matter the distance, time, or constraints that come up. I have been extremely lucky to stay friends with an individual who I absolutely love and adore since I met her back in middle school. Even luckier of me is to have the privilege of having her daughter, Evangeline, in my life. Since moving up to Tucson, I have not had the opportunity to see Celi and Evangi often. If anything, I will see them maybe twice a year three times if I’m lucky. However, I would not miss Evangi’s birthday for the world, and for that reason memory number 3 is her birthday party.

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First and foremost, let me tell you that this little girl is probably the cutest, most curious and intelligent little human. An exact replica of her mother, she is a sweetheart with some sass to back it up. I had been uncertain as to whether I would make it down to the birthday party since I had lab work to take care of that day, but luckily I made it down and had an amazing time!

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After hanging out with my best friend and a good friend I hadn’t seen in a while, I left the birthday party happier than ever. Plus, I got a lovely kiss after much rejection from Evangi! Overall, amazing day!

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Stop #4: PINKY

November also brought a new family member.

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Meet Pinky. She randomly showed up on my sister’s doorstep one night, whining and barking, and decided she loved my sister and wanted to stay!

Stop #5: ONE DROP

As many of you, I have one that band I’m particularly obsessed with and that I love dearly! Well for me, this one band is One Drop, a reggae band from San Diego. Since the first day I heard them, I downloaded all their music and learned the lyrics. In short… I’m a HUGE fan! Well, in my exploration of what to do one day I randomly started to look up tour dates for One Drop and to my surprise they were coming to Tucson that same week! I was mindblown and sooooooo excited!

Without hesitation I let my significant other know we were going, no choice for her right there (she understood this madness). I went to their concert and they were just as amazing as I thought they would be!

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You know there are those bands that sound amazing in their albums and then you go to their concerts and they sound terrifying live? Well, this band isn’t one of those bands!

So there it is… my memory lane.

 

– Lucero