Adventures with Offbeat Frontier or The Day I Went Hiking in Heels

Last Sunday I once again ventured outside of the hobbit hole that Coco and I now refer to as the “Offbeat Bride LA office” and joined up with the other offbeat crew in my life… Offbeat Frontier.

From the Offbeat Frontier website:

What is the Offbeat Frontier? …Offbeat Frontier is the constant search for humanities greatest achievements that have been almost forgotten. This group is here for adventure or simply hangout with some good friends for a few hours. The mission is to find strange and odd tourist attractions around Southern California. What do we do when we find them? We take pictures with them, gawk at their magnificence, marvel at whatever the hell I’m looking at. We’re in search of tourist attractions and odd monuments of humanity and consumerism.

Coco & me, fashionable hikers.

So my first (of hopefully many) adventures with Offbeat Frontier was going to Griffith Park to find and explore the ruins of the Old Los Angeles Zoo. The original zoo opened at just south of the present one in 1913. (For more fun OG Zoo info check out this blog post.)

I was so excited to be getting out of the house in into the beautiful California sunshine that I used this opportunity to dress up and get fancy. Well, as fancy as I get. Which meant taking the opportunity to wear heels and my new skirt! I mean, I even waxed my legs and everything!

I wore the same pair of heels that I wore when I went on a six hour walking tour of downtown, and they were totally comfortable. And I figured that we’d be walking over paved sidewalks and shit, so I didn’t see a problem with wearing them. And Coco was wearing a fancy pair of flats, thinking the same thing.

Of course what we didn’t know was that there would be hiking involved. Mike, the man behind Offbeat Frontier, didn’t know exactly where the old zoo ruins were located. He had the inkling to head north. So I broke out my iphone compass app and north we headed! Of course heading north meant hiking up and down a giant hill.

offbeat frontier trip

This is me being wholly unprepared.

Dude, hiking in heels is total bullshit. DO NOT DO IT. Not that ANYONE in their right mind would try this on purpose. I was the idiot who was totally unprepared. But, actually, my heels were a lot more hiking friendly than Coco’s flats — she was slipping and sliding all over the place while I just dug in my heels (literally) and tried not to brake my ankles.

Of course after hiking up and down this great big hill, we came through the other side to find the ruins! With a children’s birthday party being celebrated in them…

offbeat frontier: old LA zoo

Turns out there was a paved walkway that lead right to them! We hiked for no bloody reason! Oh well, it makes for a good story anyway.

offbeat frontier trip

Hillary, Drew, Mike, Nathan & Megan.

After the “perilous” hike we dug in and started investigating the ruins — crawling in and out of the old cages, acting like animals and taking pictures like mad.

Instant model

So if you want to see some awkward pictures of me modeling clothes on a fashion blog (which I have ABSOLUTELY no business doing) check out the newest “Trends I Like” post on Instant Coco.

"James tee" from Leyendecker, courage from Valium.

I’m not gonna lie, it took a Valium and some serious coaxing to get me to do this, but I did it for a friend and, hey, I actually like the photo of me that I posted above!

So, I think Spock is hot

Last night I watched the new Star Trek with Coco, Aaron and Daren. I, of course, developed a huge crush on Spock. What!? He’s weird looking AND he’s smart and he’s an emotional rebel. :) Needless to say I got made fun of for this to no end by Coco and Aaron. And then today this conversation happened on gchat with Coco…

courtney: i wanna watch star trek now
me: oh NOW you wanna watch it!
courtney: haha not really
i just wanna see the hot guy again
me: ha
you mean “guyS”
courtney: NOT SPOCK
me: damn

So what, I’m a hopeless nerd who loves nerds.

Seattle here we come!

seattle
Photo by Courtney Rosenquist

We bought our tickets to Seattle last night and I’m super excited! Aaron and I will be going with our neighbor/amazing friend Coco. We call it our first “Finley-quist” family vacation. (Coco puts the “quist” in “Finley-quist.”)

I’ve never been to Seattle before, but a know a shit-ton of people who live there, including my “boss” — yes BOSS, I got an offbeat promotionAriel. And I’m super excited to see her again, but this time in her massively prego stage. The last (and first) time I saw her she had just begun her pregnancy and was barely showing.

The reason for our trip is this thing called the Glitter Sale. Apparently for two days in November, the Goodwill in Seattle puts out all their amazing glitzy and glamorous clothes, shoes and jewelry. Coco goes every year and gets some amazing formalwear to show-off at all her holiday parties. And these clothes are usually sparkly and amazing and all on the cheap, since it’s Goodwill. So, this year I shall accompany her and see what I can find. :)

Anyone who I know in the Seattle area is more than welcome to join us. I believe we shall be arriving early and camping out for the opening. I haven’t done that since… well, I’ve never done that. So it’ll be cool to have as much company as possible.

I love when shit like this happens…

A round up of cool things that have happened when the stars aligned for some reason…

  • Aaron and I went to Balboa Island just so we could be near the ocean for a little while. Needed a little beach therapy. Unfortunately the beach stunk like garbage so we cut our trip short. As we drove home through Newport Beach, I had the a feeling that my brother was nearby. I started looking at all the restaurants and bars that we drove by for him to be on the patio, but I didn’t see him. Then two blocks later I saw his car parked on the sidewalk.Turns out he had just moved to that Newport Beach neighborhood, and I had no idea until I mentioned this to my dad.
  • Went to a Dodger game on Star Wars night with CoCo (my amazing neighbor) and Oliver (one of my longest and bestest frinds). Ollie and I went on a hunt for snacks and beer together, and as we were leaving our section and entered the throng of people in the hallway, I had a feeling that Oliver was going to run into someone he knew right then and there. But… it didn’t happen. So we got our pretzels, hotdogs and beer unimpeded. And I didn’t make mention of it, because who cares about things that didn’t happen, right?

    Then the second time we went to get MORE beer, we stepped into the hallway and right then and there Oliver ran into someone he knew.

    Also, on a side note, I was really disappointed by the lack of Star Wars on Star Wars night. So I just started substituting “Star Wars” instead of “Dodgers” any chance I got. “Here we go STAR WARS, here we go!”

  • A couple days ago I came into ownership of a really cool houseplant. I won’t tell you how I came into ownership as it involves a little b&e, but I’d rather call it “adopting” than “stealing,” Aaaaaanyway. The problem is, I have no idea what this tree is!I wanted to know what I was getting myself into and how I could properly care for it, because it’s SUPER cool! But Googling things like “Dr Seuss tree” or “squiggly tree” brought me no good results. I thought about Twittering it, or blogging it, but I don’t have enough followers to hope for positive results.
    On a slightly related note, I’ve been getting really into interior design mode lately. Been adding more and more interior design blogs to my Google Reader. And the night before I had found a new design blog called The Brick House to add to my design blogs. And the next morning the first post I see from that blog is this: Question. And the question just happened to be about identifying that exact kind of tree!

    It’s a Dracaena Marginata. And I love when this kind of shit happens.

The 1st Annual Attackiversary!

A year ago today (October 29th) Aaron was attacked by a tiger shark in Wailea Beach, Maui and survived! In honor of the attackiversary I decided to throw Aaron a party! My friend Coco and I made him a cake and invited a bunch of our friends over to celebrate.

As for the cake, we thought it would be funny to make one in the shape of a shark out of red velvet cake so that it would be like you were eating a shark. But that was too hard and so we ended up with this.

Then we had a fun shark attack photo shoot…

Then it was just drinks and hanging out with everyone taking a moment to enjoy the fact that Aaron didn’t die a year ago today. :)

HAPPY ATTACKIVERSARY TO MY DARLING HUSBAND!!!