A lot of people have seen the obstacle courses that challenge participants with various activities (see example playground above). So keeping this in mind and last years’ attempt at the all American Noodle Warrior course, I surveyed the internet on various course components and realized a course could be built which permitted the gkids to configure the course any way they wanted. And not only that but it could be added to over time to change the course components.
Subtitle: Day 1 “Parks”
Well, I managed to succumb to the spring flu season this year and shared it with my wife (such a giving husband!). This delayed, postponed and cancelled any adventures with the grandsons and sadly cancelled my participation in a birthday celebration put together by my granddaughter. Dang!
To start to make up for it the grandsons went on several adventures, which I am initially writing as one blog post but will actually publish it as two posts breaking it in half based on each days’ activities. See the Attraction Notes for relevant event reviews (layout changed based on feedback – let me know whether this change is helpful). Continue reading “Get Sick…prelude to a Busy Week! Part 1”
Tanglewood Park located in Clemmons NC became our second spot to try to catch “the big one.” Located near the Yadkin River, we approached the entry gate to find out the rules about fishing in the park. With the kids age…and my age…it cost 75 cents to buy a pass to fish the whole day at the two lakes in the park: Mallard and Skilpot. So off we went to start our adventure at the bigger of the two, Mallard Lake.
The opportunity arose to go with my granddaughter, Analise, to the Greensboro Children’s Museum so of course I said “YES!” Little did I realize this would be an adventure into the world of distractions.
I recently came across a mention of the TRACK Trail adventures. It sounded intriguing so I continued my on-line journey to the kidsinparks.com website and read a bit about it. The whole point is to get kids back outside to enjoy and discover the wonders of nature. It sounded good to me so I created yet-another-online-login-account (side note: abbreviated yaola…I’m going to use this term whenever any on-line request comes across to create yaola). Continue reading “First TRACK Trail Adventure – Lake Daniel Park Greensboro”
A feeling of claustrophobia and cabin fever begins to rise as one weeks’ worth of rain turns into two then three. What to do with two adventurous grandkids?
So now that I’ve committed to jotting down Adventures With Pa I had to ask myself…
“Self, where do we start?”
And of course since I was speaking to myself, I didn’t have a ready answer. So I decided to just start with what activities, places, and “stuff” I have been blessed to participate and observe with my grandkids.
Have you ever passed an empty playground? I have. Ones that are empty due to the time of day, time of year, or just empty due to the passage of time, the departure of families and distractions of modern life.
Sometimes life’s events make us “grow up” too quickly. We forget, never experience or lose the joy of play. Life takes it’s tolls and the light-heartedness that accompanies play is discarded in order to survive.
But it’s never too late. Continue reading “Adulthood”
I have been reading and observing a lot about the “lost” art of playfulness in our lives, and the real benefits of looking at life through the eyes of play. Reflecting on it, it seems that we become educated away from play; we begin to separate play times from work times and begin the process of dying from terminal professionalism once we enter the marketplace (although granted there are some companies that encourage creativity, silliness, playfulness, and lightheartedness while continuing to get the work done). Continue reading “Way Too Serious…Or Not”