Thursday, October 30, 2014

31 Days of Adventure - Teen Spirit

I am joining the Nester's 31 Days of Writing.  Check out my entire series - "31 Days of Adventure."

As a teen, I got to go on so many adventures through Girl Scouts and church.  I have the best memories. Letting our kids go on adventures broadens their world.  IT also makes them appreciate the things that they have.
Backpacking Camp
Can you pick me out?
Me at the helm of the Adventuress

This summer my youngest went to a camp that that taught kids how to ride public transportation and ride bikes in the city.  It was a great experience for him.  He learned a lot. The camp was through SmartTrips
Charlie geared up in his rain gear
for Adventure

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

31 days of Adventure - Culinary Thrill Seeker

I am joining the Nester's 31 Days of Writing.  Check out my entire series - "31 Days of Adventure."

I admit I am a recovering pinterest experimenter.  I like to try new recipes.  I think of myself as more as a baker than a cook. I need very little prompting to try a new recipe especially one that is baked. See magic cake for an example. However most of last year I devoted to the donut. I am living with the philosophy that EVERYTHING is better with donuts.
cinnamon and sugar donuts
My husband on the other hand can't resist a food challenge.  You know eat the biggest burger get it free.

Husband eating the Hummer
at Carrs Restaurant

We really are each other's down fall.

Are you a Culinary Thrill Seeker? 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

31 Days of Adventure - Seeing the Unexpected

 am joining the Nester's 31 Days of Writing.  Check out my entire series - "31 Days of Adventure."

One thing I know for certain that on adventures there is the element of surprise. I cannot count the number of times I have seen the unexpected, weird, or just down right odd thing.  Usually I cannot resist taking a picture just because of the very uniqueness. Here is a collection of some pictures over the years for your viewing pleasure.
Sail Boat sinking in Bellingham Harbor
You can just see the mast sticking out
Looking out to see Sumo Wrestlers on your own Street
Heart seen at a negative tide
Point Whitehorn
For a while, it seemed everywhere I went I would see a saran wrapped car. Ironically two were in different Costco locations.  I guess where else can you buy saran wrap in bulk.
Saran Wrapped Car
A portable toilet so famous you show out of town guests. I am classy like that.

Monday, October 27, 2014

31 days of Adventure- Arm Chair Adventures

I am joining the Nester's 31 Days of Writing.  Check out my entire series - "31 Days of Adventure."

I am also sharing this as part of my Booking It at Life as Mom.  As it turns out the theme over there this month is Travel Books and I think my little list fits in this category.

Not every day is a good day for adventure.  As I write this, it is a rainy day the kind that soaks you the minute you step out your door.  So when you can't get out and about, why not read about adventures from the comfort of your couch. 

I won't lie I really enjoy reading about others travels. Lets face facts, at this point in my life I am probably not going to hike the whole Pacific Crest Trail but I love reading about how others have done it.  Here are some reads about some real life "Adventures". I especially love those written by women and their adventures.

More Main Stream Reads
Wild by Cheryl Strayed - This is a highly acclaimed book about Cheryl's time on the Pacific Crest Trail. The movie is coming out in December and Reese Witherspoon plays Cheryl. I have mixed feelings about some of this book. But it does what all good books do it prompts discussion.

 "Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World".  The book is about three almost thirty year old girls who set off on around the world trip.  These girls left their high stress jobs in New York City and started an adventure The lost girls also have their own website.

Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams

52 Loaves - A Half Baked Adventure by William Alexander

Off the Beaten Track

Going Some Where by Brian Benson

The Cactus Eaters by Dan White - This another book about the Pacific Crest Trail

A Blistered Kind of Love - One Couple's By Trial by Trail by Angela and Duffy Ballard- Another book about Pacific Crest Trail.  I liked this one better than Wild.

Almost Somewhere by Suzanne Roberts - This book is about The John Muir Trail and girl power.

Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Gilman. This is a coming age book and what to do when you travel partner has a mental break down.

Hiking Through by Paul Stutzman

Becoming Odyessa by Jennifer Phaff Davis

Borderlands - Riding the Edge of America by Derek Lundy

Salt to Summit by Daniel Arnold .  This is about Daniel's adventure in Death Valley

Voluntourist by Ken Budd- Ever wanted to travel and volunteer, Ken did just that in all different locations.

Anyone have some suggestions for some more Real Life Adventure Books I should read?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Pre Halloween Link Love

We are sitting in the rain.  Thought you would like a little reading material.

What You Need to Know About 6 foot Trick or Treaters- I can so relate as I have a 16 year old

5 Strategies to Help an Unmotivated Child - Good Stuff here

A Bajillion People With Autism - This post was so good

When I am a Recovering Bestower - This post I kept coming back too as I have bestowed and been a bestowee.  Lots of Food for thought.

What Minecraft is Teaching Your Kids about Money?  Ok, I have watched my kids play this and I have no idea what is going on.

31 Days of Adventure - Haunted Forest

I am joining the Nester's 31 Days of Writing.  Check out my entire series - "31 Days of Adventure."

Have you ever volunteered at a haunted house? My family is volunteering at a Haunted Forest.  It is an event being put on as a Eagle Scout Project to get donations for the local food bank.
I can safely say that it was a dark and stormy night.  It poured on us this Saturday.  We were soaked to the bone. My youngest couldn't sleep this past week he was so excited to do this adventure.  He was a werewolf in the forest. 
Before the event
Charlie practicing
I was surprised how many people came out in the rain. 


I am still wringing the wet out of my clothes. Wouldn't you know that it stopped raining as soon as the event was over. Though I did think the rain added to the scary part of the event as well.  Below are some photos taken with the game cameras they had set up.
Chuck as a werewolf
Husband as a guide.
The kids who were helping were troopers.  We had a bride missing her husband, zombies, and werewolves.   We got a lot of positive feedback and made some kids cry.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

31 Days of Adventure - Adventure on the Big Screen

I am joining the Nester's 31 Days of Writing.  Check out my entire series - "31 Days of Adventure."

Have you been inspired to go on an adventure based on a movie?  I know I have. I was inspired by Walter Mitty and UP.

I recently watched The Way. I dedicated afternoon for research for all of you my dear readers. It was a sacrifice. So after watching,  I want to walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostela- The way of Saint James in Northern Spain.