Today my guest is author Tory Richards, who discovered a sense of adventure. She's offering one of her books to a commenter. Contest runs all week, so you can leave a comment even if you get here "late."
Before I begin I’d just like to thank Terry for giving me this opportunity to talk about myself. Not my favorite subject but I’ll give it a try. It might be a case of once I get started, watch out!
I love to travel. Who doesn’t? And until my granddaughter was born three years ago my traveling buddies were my daughter and niece. We’re all very close and when we get together it’s like watching a sitcom of The Golden Girls. In fact, that’s what my son-in-law calls us.
We’ve been to neat places like Croatia, Spain, Rome and Greece but my favorite was when we took an Alaskan cruise. OMG was that a beautiful place. And I discovered a new adventurous side of me on that vacation…even if it was forced upon me.
Ever taken a helicopter ride to a glacier? Never mind I don’t like flying. I was on a plane on 9/11, but even before that fateful day I didn’t like it. Anyway, it was the first time any of us had been on a helicopter. We were crammed in like sardines and there were only six of us! They go by weight; thank goodness the two gals in the back were as skinny as bean poles.
The glacier was absolutely beautiful, if not a little frightening because of its isolation. It was cool being able to look down at your feet and see crystal clear blue water beneath you. I didn’t venture far from the helicopter, thinking about the possibilities of hungry polar bears. Did I tell you I have an active imagination? I am a writer, after all.
We also took a go-cart ride into the wilderness, where we saw brown bear. Now that was an experience. I had to ride with the lead man because there were only two to a cart and the girls abandoned me to sit together. Getting in was a breeze; it’s easy to just fall in, but getting out was not. I was wedged in and when you’re voluptuous like I am--well, the driver and I got pretty close.
By the end of the trip I soon realized the advantages of being first. Forced to wear helmets for protection, everyone looked like they had a days worth of stubble on their faces due to the flying dirt from the cart in front of them. Talk about hilarious! I only had to deal with helmet hair.
The dog sled ride was a treat, too. Mostly because my niece and I are animal lovers and there were dogs and puppies everywhere. It was a camp way out in the wilderness and the views surrounding it were breathtaking. I’d love to do that trip again. There was an old red outhouse that I took a picture of, one in color and one in black and white. They’re framed in my guest bath.
By now you must be thinking I’m pretty adventurous but in reality I’m the one who thinks about all the what ifs that could happen. The girls bring out the fun in me and I love them for it.
Thank you for letting me visit, Terry. One week from today I’ll randomly choose one commenter to receive a download of one of my books, their choice. Winner with be announced on my blog, Romance with an Attitude.
Tory Richards lives in Florida with her soul mate and three crazy cats. Writing is her passion and for many years she was a closet writer, until her family discovered her secret and encouraged her to submit to a publisher. Two months later she had her first contract. She pens tales of suspense, humor and sizzling passion. To find out more please visit her website at: www.toryrichards.com