American Adventure 50+ Style

“Childhood is imagination in its purest form.”   

My best friend reminds me of how good it feels to laugh. When together, we revert to a child-like state with unending silliness. In fact, I can’t take life too seriously when spending time with Barbie. During my week visit with her, we stayed up until 1:00 am posting pictures on our Facebook pages and then writing funny comments, funny to us that is.   


Belly rolling laughter filled Barbie’s country home blurring our eyes with happy tears. Uploading the photos of our afternoon tube float pushed us over the edge of humor decency protocols. American Adventure 50+ style seemed a fitting description of our excursion that began at breakfast.   


“Let’s go floating!” Barbie had announced. The idea sounded great to me so we put on river shoes and readied with lessons on tube riding basics.   

Barb demonstrating how to get on the tube.


Barbie’s agility impressed me so I tried to model her stellar performance.   

I'm not so agile.


Then we shoved the tubes into her Mitsubishi Outlander and found a grassy bank by a bridge to “put in” (This is the proper way to say dropping your tube into the river).   


Two hours of sheer joy followed as we floated down the winding river that was framed on both sides with overhanging trees and reeds swaying in soft breezes.   


The temperature climbed into the high 80’s making the crisp mountain water refreshing to our sun-baked bodies. Our giggles disturbed a doe and her fawn sleeping on the riverbank. They leapt out of the reeds and bounded across the river. I murmured as a perfect picture moment disappeared in a split second.   


As we floated lazily along, I pondered how unimportant my worries seemed in the midst of such beauty. Who really cares about publishing direction when everywhere you look, another miracle of nature soars through power blue skies or skims across swirling water.   


Yes, childhood is imagination in its purest form, so today I’m not ashamed to act like a child. I think I will write and create more fluidly as a result of revisiting the world through youthful eyes.   


About JoDee Luna

“I’m lost in a love affair with portrait painting!” JoDee Luna confesses. This author, artist, and educator describes herself as a creative eclectic due to her diverse history, multiple talents, and various career pursuits. She enjoys a host of creative expressions: mixed media, mask making, floral designing, photography, sculpture, and gardening. JoDee believes the creative process infuses her with the courage to try on new artistic identities, take inspired risks, and explore imaginative ideas. She seeks to share her insights with others through her book, Refrain from the Identical: Insight and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics and website by the same name, Both provide helpful tips and inspiration for artistic multi-taskers, those who enjoy various forms of artistic expression.
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3 Responses to American Adventure 50+ Style

  1. Herding Cats says:

    That looks like such an incredible day. What I wouldn’t give to go tubing!

  2. Barbie says:

    Dear Herding Cats, It’s called “floating” LOLOLOL as I corrected JoDee many times! ha ha ha ha!! Tubing involves a boat (we do that often as well)…..and you can come anytime! 😉

  3. izziedarling says:

    So awesome … floating and laughing 🙂

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