January 22, 2021

Livestream with the Adventurers' Club of Los Angeles: Treading the Offbeat Path in Deceivingly Familiar Territory

I couldn't believe my little world of adventure would be compelling enough for a club full of scuba divers, anthropologists, island hoppers, and treasure hunters. 

But this week, I had the honor of guesting on a livestream presentation hosted by the Adventurers' Club of Los Angeles. (Scroll to the bottom to watch the replay.
I'd first visited the clubhouse in Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles back in 2017, when the club's management was interested in working with Atlas Obscura (for which I was a field agent at the time). 

I marveled at its collection of artifacts—some seemingly worthy of being catalogued at a natural history museum. 

And I wondered whether my domestic and international adventures might ever qualify me for membership to the nearly 100-year-old club, which was founded in 1922. (Right now, the main thing that disqualifies me is merely my gender, as it's still a "Gentlemen Adventurers' Club.")
But that year, in 2017, I ended up finding another club I wanted to join—the Los Angeles Breakfast Club. And while I've been a stalwart member of that fellowship for the last four years, I've been happy to return to the LA Adventurers' Club for the occasional tiki night. 

I'd been invited to join their crew in the clubhouse, but I chose to teleconference from the safety of my own apartment. As honored as I was, I'm just not taking any of those types of chances right now, with the pandemic still raging. 

It was fun to share some of my "crown jewel" stories—like of getting my car stuck in a rut just outside of Big Bear, getting kicked off the track at Irwindale Speedway, and more. 
Watch the replay by clicking here or in the player above. 

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