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P7190478With a kayak overnight in Puget Sound an easy possibility from where we live, our yellow triple kayak got in the water for the first time this year. A paddle with friends to Saddlebag Island introduced new folks to the fun of kayaking.

Our boat hasn’t been in use much in the last year because our family has outgrown the big banana kayak. We can no longer fit both kids or a kid and an adult comfortably into the center, allowing the whole family to paddle in one boat.

For a family trip, we’ll now need to borrow a double or a single kayak to accompany our triple. But we don’t have a way to carry two boats on our car. That suggests we’ll need to experiment with trips from the local dock that we can access easily. Another lesson in considering adventuring close to home. We’re lucky to have paddle possibilities that can begin just a mile from our house, so here’s to not overlooking them.


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P7120430My annual gal’s trip into the mountains got weathered out. After a glorious hike in, we spent an exciting evening in a fire lookout with an electrical storm flashing all around us. Then it rained. And stayed gray for two days.

We hiked on anyway, but the traverse and the glacier travel we had planned wasn’t such a good idea in such low visibility. Eventually, we elected to head home early and I tried not to be disappointed. It just works out that way sometimes. So now, I’m studying maps, watching the weather, and trying to get out again.

Meanwhile, we’re also looking at maps and weather for the next family trip. We’ll plan as best we can, but have to stay flexible and know we can change our itinerary if the weather, terrain, or people dictate. It is good practice to balance our plans and what develops. And to remember that the weather is beyond our control, and that’s a good thing.

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P6230314With dad calling in every other day to tell us of his progress across the USA on his solo bike trip, Noah thought of making a “Tom is Here” sticky note and moving it along our wall map of North America. The kids learned that Havre, Montana is said “Haver,” and wondered about all of the town names that are replicating places in other parts of the world, like Malta and Glasgow. He rode through animal-named places like Wolf Point, geographically influenced places like Cut Bank, unusually named places like Brainerd, and famous person-named places like Voltaire.

We love following his trip with the atlas and wall map, but it also makes us a little ancy to get out adventuring too…

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P4220096We are planning a number of overnight family adventures this summer, but now the season will kick off with Tom’s June 8th departure on an almost cross-country bicycling trip. After years of bicycle touring with the family, riding 100-120 miles a day all by himself for several weeks is quite a change of pace. (Not really, if you consider all his Ironman triathlon training, though.)

The kids and I will be in school and work, while he’s pedaling across the northern United States to our hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan. In late June, we’ll take the train past him and set up the finish line in his parents’ driveway. He’ll be using the warmshowers network for touring cyclists, traveling light, and hopefully riding some miles with buddies who live in Montana and Wisconsin, plus his brother in Michigan.

A practice trip a couple weeks ago fine tuned the gear, allowed him to be a warmshowers guest with a great family in Shelton, Washington, and got him remembering what a 110-mile day feels like. On the homefront, we practiced the kids getting up for school without an adult around, everyone shouldering more responsibilities, and my single parenting. A staycation for us, and a dadventure for him. Until summer’s really here and we’re all in the tent together.

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