Adventure

REI Garage Sale Shakedown – August 2018.

Sorry to brag, but I believe I am becoming an REI Garage Sale master. My family and I attend them whenever possible, often camping out 24 hours in advance to claim the #1 spot. It really isn’t necessary to show up THAT early, but it is fun! Today I found great deals on a few items, and learned a new Garage Sale trick!

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Great Wolf Lodge & Busch Gardens Williamsburg – with a Service Dog

This past weekend my husband and I took our kids (and adopted their boyfriends) for a weekend of fun in Williamsburg, Virginia. As always, we were traveling with a Service Animal in tow. (more…)

Service Dog kissing Disney's Goofy

Disney with a Service Dog (Universal Studios, too!)

Last month we surprised our son with his first trip to Disney World.  We carefully planned the trip for the week of Halloween, hoping to enjoy the special festivities, including Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, while avoiding the summertime crowds and heat.  This was also our first visit to a theme park with Tyler, my husband’s service dog. (more…)

A field archery target range in the woods in fall

Vingt Neuf Bowman – Archery Range and Family Archery Classes in Baltimore

Have you ever gone to the movies to see an action film, and felt empowered as you walked back to your car afterwards?  Feeling a wicked karate kick or drum solo coming on right in the middle of the parking lot?  Ya, me either… umm… that would be silly.  The Hunger Games, however, had everyone wanting to wield a bow and arrow.  That is how we discovered Vingt Neuf Bowman (VNB), a local archery club that offers classes for archers of all ages and skill levels.

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Boy Scout Mountain Biking at Broad Creek Summer Camp

Boy Scouts – Summer Camp at Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation

This summer my son spent three weeks at Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation, a BSA (Boy Scouts of America) summer camp located in Whiteford, MD.  According to their website,they are located on the 5th largest area of undeveloped land in the Baltimore Metropolitan area. Broad Creek offers three different summer camp experiences:  a traditional Boy Scout summer camp (Camp Saffran), a traditional Cub Scout summer camp (Camp Oest), and a Boy Scout STEM summer camp (Camp Spencer).   (more…)

Platform Tents in woods at Broad Creek

Making a Boy Scout

About two years ago, my son told me that he really wanted to sign up for Boy Scouts.  I reached out to three different troops in my area, with little-to-no response.  His interest in scouting continued to grow, despite the fact that none of his friends or family were in scouts, and despite the fact that we couldn’t find an active troop seemingly anywhere.  After a year of sporadic inquiries, including an inquiry to the district itself, I learned of an active troop that came highly recommended (more…)

Adventures of an REI Garage Sale pt 2

Over the weekend, we camped out at our local REI for one of their garage sales.  You can read the first part of the experience here.  The weather was quite warm which led to a smaller than usual turnout, but the event still drew a large crowd.  This REI location had also had another Garage Sale recently, which may have contributed to the smaller crowd.  The selection of items was surprisingly good considering how recently they had a sale. (more…)