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Things to do: Learning at The Foundery

To say that I ambitious is an understatement.  I want to learn how to do everything.  I want to make all the things.  I have endless ideas and overflowing, bottled-up creativity.  I also have limited time and even more limited resources.  What’s a girl to do?  Throw on a pair of boots and head to The Foundery, a Baltimore “maker’s space” offering industrial tool use, workshops, classes, and materials to the average person, like me! (more…)

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Paddle boarder rallying for clean water at the Baltimore Floatilla

2nd Annual Baltimore Floatilla – raising awareness for a healthy harbor

The 2nd Annual Baltimore Floatilla is happening on June 10, 2017.  Tickets and registration are now available on the Baltimore Floatilla’s website.  The event is a 5 mile paddle along the waterfront, gathering mid way in the heart of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, where we will raise our signs and our voices in support of clean water and a healthy harbor in Baltimore.  Check out my post detailing my experiences at the 2016 Baltimore Floatilla, as well as my short YouTube video covering last year’s event.  I hope to see you there!  Clean it up, Hon!

KLX110 Dirt Bike

Baltimore’s Dirt Bike Dilemma

Baltimore has a reputation when it comes to dirt bikes, and it is not a good one.  There are self-proclaimed gangs and urban bike clubs, such as the infamous 12 O’Clock Boys, that take to the streets in mass numbers, riding in and out of traffic, popping  wheelies down the busy downtown streets.  Their recklessness and showboating often put themselves and other motorists at risk, and they have dared law enforcement to do something about it.  Well, they have… Baltimore Police have recently organized a new task force to tackle the dirt bike “problem” in Baltimore, and have zero tolerance for illegal riding.  I don’t condone riding through the streets like an asshole, but as a new dirt bike rider myself, I have come to understand at least part of the problem.  There is nowhere to ride legally, anywhere near Baltimore.   (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…)