Okay, you guys. I usually try to keep a peppy, optimistic outlook on here. I look for all of the excitement I can during these adventure days, and I look forward to them and plan them essentially all month long.
Not this month, however. For some reason, I could not get myself in the zone for this month’s adventure day. I think it’s because I’ve been sick, which usually puts me in a sort of depressive fog. Nevertheless, I was taking polls from my family last night about what I should do today, and nothing sounded inspirational enough. I didn’t have any real pull in any direction. But, I made myself a promise that I would go on an adventure at least once a month, so I pulled up my bootstraps and decided to do something that sounded totally unlike me in that hope that I would find a little excitement along the way.
This month, I drove the hour or so south to Carson Valley. More specifically, Minden. It’s a gorgeous little town, full of antique shops, art galleries, and history. I drove through on my way to Mammoth last fall, and made a mental note to explore it someday. That day was today.
I left this morning with the plan to stop in Carson City for long-anticipated Dutch Bros coffee. I hadn’t been there in years, and I missed the frozen mochas we used to get on the way to Lake Tahoe every summer as kids. The mocha did not disappoint, and I felt a little more excited as I left Carson and drove the twenty minutes to Minden.
I had no idea what I actually wanted to do once I got there, so I drove down the main drag until a little art gallery/shop caught my eye. Heartstrings was a cute little shop full of art, ceramics, and jewelry made by local artists. I found a quirky little vase and some unique flowers that look to be whittled out of twigs.
Then I realized that I locked my keys in my car.
I ended up having to wait about an hour and compare quotes from five different locksmiths in the area before being able to get back on the road. During this time, I walked a block up the street to Coffee On Main, where I was given the barista’s go-to emergency drink after asking her to make me whatever she liked. After explaining that I was waiting for a locksmith, she gave me a drink with three shots of espresso and lots of sugar for about a third of the price because I “seemed like a chill girl who needed a little pick-me-up.”
You guys, this coffee was so, so good. The people were so, so friendly. I was still so, so frustrated.
Anyway, I ended up getting back into my car for a cool $70 and went up the street to have lunch. Then I decided to go back through Carson City to pick up some plants at my favorite nursery.
Today was not what I was expecting, in both good ways and bad. Minden was beautiful and the people there were helpful beyond expectation. But I think today’s adventure was more about my handling roadblocks and making the best out of being in a depressive purgatory than the actual things I did.