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We are a very active family, with all three kids involved in a variety of sports and school activities, so we are on the go 7 days a week! When we do happen to have a spare weekend, or even just a weekend day free of all obligations, we try to spend that time exploring New England. This is a beautiful area, we are fortunate to be within an hour of both mountains, beach, and big city life. We’ve spent time during all seasons of the year in some fun and exciting places. We get tons of snow here in the winter, the spring is gorgeous as everything blooms, there are fun times at the Beach and Boston Harbor in the Summer, and in the fall our State has people flocking here to see the foliage changing colors – it’s phenomenal! Local parks are fun for the kids to play on after school, and I included glimpses of a few of the sports we currently have going on (Football, Golf, Cross Country, Soccer, etc).
We try and eat a healthy diet, and I pack plenty of snacks and food for meals when we are on the go. We have a cooler on wheels that we keep with us for bottled water, sports drinks, fruits, veggies, lunch meat, and condiments. It has another section for dry goods, we keep additional fruits like bananas, breads, and granola bars there. Since we are often out late at night and have an early start the next day, breakfast bars come in handy. We know that Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but don’t always have time to make a hot meal or even a bowl of cereal if we’re running late. Being able to grab a breakfast bar when we need to is perfect for us!
If you haven’t heard about Erik Weihenmayer, I am pleased to be introducing you to him and his story. Erik is the only blind adventurer to climb the seven highest summits in the world, and his latest expedition is to kayak the Grand Canyon’s Colorado River! He has a partner, Lonnie Bedwell, who is also blind, and will be joining him for the latest expedition. How inspiring is that?! He wants to encourage others to eliminate barriers and live life to its fullest, living a No Barriers Life.
When they set out on their 21 day, 277 mile journey along the Colorado River, they will be supported by an experienced paddling team, but will use all of their inner strength to overcome the challenging barriers they encounter. (My sorority went white water rafting on the Ocoee River in East TN each spring when I was in college. It is no joke! We struggled, even with all of our capacities, I can’t imagine trying to do something so dangerous without my sight!). This duo has been training extensively for several years for this event, learning to use high tech radios and verbal commands from their river guides. They began their trip on Sept 7 at Lees Ferry, and wrap up Sunday Sept 28 at Pearce Ferry. Nature Valley is featuring him in several TV and digital ads “Feel Nature’s Energy” which you can see below, and a link to their Tumblr page which is following this journey.
About Nature Valley
- Nature Valley has a long history of commitment to nature, outdoor activities and the national parks.
- The brand finds inspiration from the beauty of nature and the way people connect with nature – whether that’s from a fearless adventure like those undertaken by Weihenmayer or an everyday hike.
- It’s Nature Valley’s belief that experiencing nature enables people to feel most alive and Weihenmayer is a great demonstration of our belief.
Want to go above and beyond? Take the No Barriers Pledge
- As a founding member of No Barriers USA, Weihenmayer advocates for the organization’s mission to empower people with the message, “what’s within you is stronger than what’s in your way.”
· You can join Nature Valley and Weihenmayer in the goal of encouraging one million people to live a No Barriers Life by visiting http://www.nobarriersusa.org/take-the-pledge/ today.
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