"Missy's Adventures" starrlot's Profile
I was born. Yes, this was an important event that happened on that warm summer day in 1976. I was ready to see the world, all of it, one mile at a time.
My grandparents traveled the world, and I went along for the ride. We visited every corner of the U.S, skipped into Canada and Mexico, and traveled overseas to Israel, the Netherlands, Switzerland and many other countries. From camping in Yellowstone to shopping in Paris, we saw it all.
Now that I am a mother, I want my son to see the same sights I saw, hear the same sounds I heard and taste the same flavors I tasted. And hopefully along the way, there will be new experiences to be had.
While my son has experienced some amazing places and cultures, his love for traveling did not officially begin until we took a road trip to Orlando. He realized there was so much to the world if just a few states in a country held so much diversity. He experienced swimming in the ocean, walking the streets of New Orleans, climbing the turrets of a battleship, fleeing a hurricane and letting loose in Universal Studios and Walt Disney World Theme Parks. This small taste of what the world had to offer made him hungry for more.
My goal is that he sees the world for himself, all of it.
I am very close to my mother and grandfather, and while I have seen everything with my grandfather, my mother always opted to stay behind to take a break, from me. Now, it's come our turn to see the world together.
I am an artist and author. I am studying art history at Texas Tech University, and am the author of the Sweet Lucidity series. My love for art, whether by a brush or a word, runs very deep in my soul. I love everything about the history and future of art, both from my own works and the works of others.
I cannot travel anywhere without stopping by a museum of some kind. It's a fine obsession to have.
Another obsession of mine is retail therapy. Especially if there is a Sephora , a Saks Fifth Avenue or any eclectic shop with strange things you cannot find anywhere else (e.g. voodoo shops in New Orleans).
I will dedicate a day on any vacation to hanging out in a mall or galleria, shopping and dining much to the annoyance of the rest of my family.
Currently, I am working on a fine art photography book highlighting unique funeral sculptures and architecture in cemeteries around Texas.
Ever since visiting New Orleans as a child, my grandmother and I took a peak inside one of the many cemeteries New Orleans features, since that moment I was hooked. Now as an adult, I feel that cemeteries are places where art is overlooked. A grand memorial to those loved but having passed on.
Daily I battle the challenges of multiple sclerosis. Visiting places that are handicapped friendly is important for me. Especially since my mother is disabled, I am always critical of how attractions, hotels and restaurants are accommodating. If they are not, I certainly voice my opinion of the changes that could be made to assist those of us who need a little extra to fully enjoy a nice getaway. Whether it is a hotel, restaurant, museum, mall, amusement park or monument, being accessible for everyone to see and enjoy, no matter the accommodation needing to be made, is important to me.
Yes, I plan ahead, every detail, every road of future adventures. Some future adventures include:
Spring 2014 - North / Northeast Texas (ancestry/cemeteries)
Fall 2014 - Houston, Texas (museums/cemeteries)
Summer 2015 - Norway (tour of country)
Spring 2016 - Austin, Texas (history/cemeteries)
Fall 2016 - Galveston, Texas
Summer 2017 - Cruise
San Francisco/San Diego/San Jose/Yosemite
Kansas City, MO
New York City
For our short vacation for the summer of 2009, we visited Fort Worth for a weekend of fun. Staying on the southwest end in a La Quinta, we had the art district and zoo right in our view.
On our very first evening, we enjoyed dinner at the Black Eyed Pea. The following day was spent at the Fort Worth Zoo where not a single exhibit was missed. That evening, we dined at the Saltgrass Steakhouse enjoying their popular sirloin steaks. The next day was just as memorable with our first stop visiting the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. With such amazing and important works in all of art history on display, it could barely be matched by our second stop at the Japanese gardens at the Fort Worth Botanic Parks and Gardens. Our evening was one to remember by witnessing the march of the longhorns at the Fort Worth Stockyards followed by the best ribeye in Fort Worth at the Cattlemen's Steakhouse.
Time certainly flew by fast, and before we knew it we were on our way back home. 2010-2013 will be a break from traveling since my mother will be recovering from her cancer treatment. Though we will surely be making up for it come 2014!
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