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Summer Adventures! 4.0

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Summer Adventures! 4.0

This is my fourth year with my local parks and rec dept, working for a program called Challenge. We have kayaked, canoed, fished, hiked, rappelled, climbed, slacklined and zip-lined. It’s such a fun summer job!
But something I’m even MoRE excited about is my upcoming, very first art camp! I can’t wait to get started but it’s not for another two weeks. There is still plenty I have to do to get ready but I will start sharing pictures as soon as I can!
For now, here’s what I’ve been up to…

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Time keeps on slipping…

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Two more weeks have already slipped by. One week was filled with sparkly tattoos, cinnamon rolls, and fun at the lake.

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This past week involved Young Explorers, another round of hiking, canoeing, and archery, and a trip to the Fork Farm in Norwood. We finished it up with a weekend at the beach and some sun, sand, and seafood.

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I can hear the minutes ticking by and I’m feeling conflicted! I’ve had a fantastic summer and I don’t want the fun and adventure to end but I’m also ready to see my kids and get back to making some art!

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Sweet Summertime

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I’m about 2.5 weeks into summer and its flying by! But I guess that’s what happens when you’re having a great time.
This will be my third summer working for a program within our Parks and Rec department called Challenge. Last week was the boys’ extended and we took them for a two night trip to Emerald Isle and we paddled from Hammocks Beach State Park over to Shark Tooth island. We were supposed to continue on to Bear Island but the wind was just too strong. The kids really enjoyed themselves though and found some awesome sharks teeth and shells!

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This week is the girls short week and we are leaving today for the US National Whitewater Center and one night at Crowders Mtn. It’s a new trip for us so we are all looking forward to it but keeping our fingers crossed that we don’t get washed out at the campsite.
We’ve already climbed, rappelled, hiked, and paddled this week…

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I hope you’re enjoying your summer adventures like I am! 🙂

Best. Summer. Ever.

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Our last ditch effort at relaxation! Wait, is relaxing supposed to be an effort? Just kidding – our last trip of the summer has been so amazingly great. To get to spend uninterrupted time with my little lady, her friends, and one of my bffs has been the best way to send off Summer 2012.
We have gone to Ripley’s Aquarium, eaten at Margaritaville, hung out under the sunshine all day by the ocean, and tried a great restaurant that none of us had been to before called, Bovine’s. They had wood fired ovens and amazing pizza and it was right on the water of an inlet. It’s kind of a “restaurant row” area and there is a cool Marsh Walk that you stroll down by the water, all along the backside of the restaurants. It’s extra awesome at night because most of the places have live music and lots of deck lights and rocking chairs. It’s a great atmosphere for family or just adults!
As this trip comes to an end, I am getting a little antsy to just get started on the school year. I’m looking forward to meeting some new teachers our school has gained and another great year with my students!!!

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Summer Job – Week 5

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Ahhh, my last week of my summer job. I enjoy this job but this summer really tested my dedication. Every single trip we took ended up in rainy, stormy weather.
This week was our girls extended trip and we took them out on a new adventure for all of us. We were supposed to head to Carolina Beach State Park for camping and then get up and paddle out to Masonboro Island, a coastal reserve. Not long after we arrived, the storms blew in and we were caught in hurricane level winds, lightning that we saw strike trees directly in front of us and blow up a transformer to our right. It was very scary and I was so thankful we were in the van and not in our tents! The next day when we were supposed to paddle, the wind was still blowing so hard that we decided not to attempt the paddle out to the island. We let the girls play on the beach and at the marina in the park, which they seemed to enjoy very much. I hate we didn’t get to enjoy the trip as planned but hope we get another shot at it some time!

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We did get a little paddling in!!! 🙂

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Day Two’s sunset *almost* made up for the craziness of the night before.

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