A hickie from Kenickie…

When I was sixteen I went away to Conservation Camp. We stayed in cabins and wandered through the woods, there may have been an all-girl skinny dip at the lake at two in the morning and I had a brief interlude (though not while skinny dipping, of course) with a boy named Stacie. He was cute and ginger and I giggled a lot around him. Stacie gave me my first hickie while sitting on the deck of the pier. I half-smile as I think of []

Know the Arch. Love the Arch. Be at one with the Arch.

*****Disclaimer – this is a rather long blog.  Unlike the filmakers who took on the Harry Potter movies, I refuse to cut scenes.  Because of that – it might be a little long in the wind… A few weeks back I posted a pic of me in a Tandem and wrote about how amazing that jump was and how the picture embodied all of the feelings and emotions of that particular jump (for me).  Now, as I look back at that same []

Butterflies and Parachutes

So I am less than two days away from my first IAD (Instructor Assisted Deploy) and the butterflies are flying all around! An Instructor Assisted Deploy (IAD) is a parachute deployment method most similar to static line.  Most people will ask if I am jumping static.  The main difference (according to Wikipedia) is that “instead of being deployed by a static line, the student’s jumpmaster (who is in the plane with them) deploys the student’s parachute by throwing the pilot chute downward and clear of []

Characters Welcome…

There are a lot of goals that I hope to reach while tied to a parachute – free fall, BASE jump, wingsuit flight… I think of my future in skydiving and I get a little giddy.  But I am quickly learning that there is a lot of preparation that goes into these goals.  I read tons of articles, trying to gnaw through the skydiving handbook, watching video, and pouring through a ton of reference material.  The weekend of April 14th will see []

Because The Door Was Open

I stared at the horizon through the window.  Just as the plane started to bank, making the earth look off kilter, the sunshine came through and warmed my face.  I smiled.  My heart and brain aligned and all was right with my world.  Five minutes later I was hurtling towards that same earth at astronomical speeds and reaching for a rip cord with an orange golf ball attached to the end of it. Welcome to my first day of skydive training. It []

When ‘Average’ Becomes ‘Not Good Enough’

When I was a kid, “average” was not on the list of things I wanted to be when I grew up. I read a great blog yesterday titled: The Business of Average.  It was by AJ Leon and he said the following:  “There are many people in the business of average.  But you don’t have to be.  You can be in the business of remarkable, of delivering extraordinary.  When you walk up to the plate, you can muster up the courage to point []

It’s Good Work, When You Can Get It (Where is your guide now?)

The posted version is here:  http://adventurewestvirginia.com/vacations/its-good-work-when-you-can-get-it/ It’s Good Work, When You Can Get It Michelle Rodriguez (MRod) For those people who have ever put in a guide request because you once came on a trip with AOTG and that guide made your experience so unbelievably memorable that you knew they had to be the “go to person” for your future adventure needs – have you ever wondered what that guide does once the leaves have fallen, the boats have been put away []

Who do you think you are?

So I am working on a album / bio project for my new employers.  While asking the guys “who are you”, I had one of them tell me that before he told me about himself I had to tell him about me.  Fair enough.  I scratched my head and then came up with an off the cuff response of: “I am a 43 year old scorpio with two kids (one a photographer for zip lines and the other a math teacher). Three []

Ah Bucket!

I hate the term “Bucket List”.  To me that implies that I will one day eventually die and I have to cram all of my insane adventures in as fast as I possibly can.  I believe, IMHO, I am simply too fabulous to ever die.  Therefore, my list is a “Lifetime List”.  And oh what a lifetime of adventures I have had so far! For some years, I have kept my Lifetime List in electronic format (I am terrible about losing things).  I []

Give up my jaded ways, spell my name to God. (Bob Tebow and the Catholic Faith)

Disclaimer:  For those of you reading my blog for the first time who are interested in Tebow, Catholicism, the Protestant Church or Christianity in general, please be advised that my opinions are (just that) – mine.  Know I am Catholic, though not devout.  Know that I use foul language on occasion (and that occasion might occur within the lines of this blog).  But, mostly – know that I am human and as such I am very curious and always seeking to learn []