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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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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! 🙂

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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Summer Job – week one

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Summer jobs. Most people hate them. I love mine! Working with the Parks & Rec Dept and the challenge program allows me to get kids outside and doing things I never had the courage to do as a kid. I barely have the courage to do some of our activities now! 🙂
We just finished our Pre-Challenge week for kids ages 7-9. We climbed, hiked, canoed, and spent the last day at the Fork Farm fishing, hiking, and meeting horses and hunting dogs. It was so much fun.

Tomorrow I will leave on another new adventure: hiking a small section of the Appalachian Trail. We will be hiking a little over 30miles from Greyson Highlands to Damascus. I am very excited about it but also very nervous. It’s only been THE hottest days of the year this week. Hoping for some cooler temps in the mountains of VA.

Here are a couple pictures from Pre-Challenge. Some of them are my students, which is cool to get to see them outside of the art room and pushing themselves in a different way!