When Did I Become Such a Road Trip Wuss?

When you are raised in a rural state, driving long distances doesn't faze you.  It's a given.  And once you reach the age where you are trusted to leave home for the weekend, then the road trip adventures really begin. For a good portion of my life, I was a road trip warrior.  I lived smack dab in the middle of South Dakota.  We were perfectly willing to drive 3 hours one way to go to a Fair, to go snow or water skiing, or just to visit someone.  And then back again, on the same day.  No problem. The possibilities of where we could drive in one day's time were exciting.  (Well, maybe "exciting" is a strong word.  It was the Midwest, after all.)   I felt no reservations whatsoever when making road trip plans.  Hey, let's go wherever we want!  We can drive there! Granted, this was a time back when gas prices were a non-issue.  And before a thrown-from-a-horse injury left me with permanent hip pain.  But let's face it.  At my age, horse injury or no... my body would very likely … [Read more...]

Kids’ Outdoor Adventure Book: 448 Great Things to Do in Nature

Love the concept of your kids playing outside more, but need some creative fuel to get the "what can we play?" juices going? Recently published, The Kids Outdoor Adventure Book:  448 Great Things To Do in Nature Before You Grow Up is a great book full of fun ideas, and definitely worth taking a look at. The Kids Outdoor Adventure Book ~ Layout Divided in sections by the season (yes, that's right... the kids can pursue these outdoor activities year round!), we love how this book is laid out. My 2nd grade daughter immediately worked her way through the book's "Spring" section - bookmarking what she wanted to try.  With grass.  :)  I thought that was cute, and rather appropriate. I expect to be thumbing through this book for years to come, getting ideas of new adventures for our kids to head out and tackle.  I love how it really gets them excited about heading out into nature, and includes varying levels of adventure scale.   Tasks range from one hour, own-backyard kinda … [Read more...]

Plan A Family Adventure Day

Every once in awhile, we sneak off together as a family and have a “Family Adventure Day”.  We pack a snack bag and the cooler.  Gather some gear – making sure to bring lots of water, SPF, bug spray, and a variety of clothing layers and hats.  Then we load up the car with backpacks, baby carriers, (sometimes) fishing poles, and the family dog … and head out with a rough idea of a destination. While Family Adventure Day typically involves a brief road trip at the beginning and end, we try to keep it less than 2 hours travel time each way.  And unlike other road trips of varying duration, we leave the portable electronic entertainment at home. These brief journeys are about looking out of the car windows and enjoying the scenery, trying to spot wildlife, or a particularly nice view.  Just like the good old days when we were kids.  Ideally, the journey is part of the adventure itself! Stick With It I'll admit, Family Adventure Day sometimes starts out a little rocky, with … [Read more...]

Disney Wordless Wednesday

This week's Disney Wordless Wednesday theme:  Adventure!  *o*     *o*     *o* … [Read more...]