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  • Setting- Demonstrate each of these activities Time of day: during the day Cast: Entire Family Props: all the gear needed to do these activities
  • Setting- Demonstrate each of these activities Time of day: during the day Cast: Entire Family Props: all the gear needed to do these activities

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  • 1. Safe and Sound Adventures Mark W. Altman, M.I.S.
  • 2. Welcome Letter
    • I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all of you to the world of family adventure! My family and I have a lot of fun, learn a lot about ourselves and most importantly come together as a family on our adventures in a way not possible anywhere else.
    • Through tonight’s presentation you will learn a little about us, and hopefully you will learn how we make it happen.
    • I am so happy for you and the fun that awaits you right outside your door!
  • 3. Introduction
    • We are the Altman family, consisting of Dawn, Mark II, Bailey, Matthew, Meagan, and me.
    • We are a blended family ranging in age from 15 to 44.
    • In almost every way we are just like you.
  • 4. Table of Contents
    • Welcome Letter
    • Introduction
    • Why Outdoor Adventures
    • Getting Started
    • Better Discipline
    • Better Grades
    • Things for the Little Guys
  • 5. Why outdoor adventures?
    • Tailored activities
    • The activity does not get in the way of family bonding.
    • The adventure is scalable. Some families will mountain climb, scuba-dive or do full-on expeditions while other families will do nature hikes in a local park.
  • 6. Why outdoor adventures?
    • You can spend a day or a month, sleep under the stars or in a cabin, cook over a campfire or eat your evening meal at a restaurant.
    • (Most family adventures will get more advanced as the kids grow and the families’ skills increase.)
  • 7. A Note on Age Appropriateness
    • As a parent your goal should be to challenge your kids without overloading them (both in difficulty and duration)
    • If you take a toddler to a trip at the park, then maybe the challenge is to point out a few flora and fauna and a stumbling walk through the tall grass
    • For a kindergartner, car camping may provide plenty of learning while fishing and sleeping in a tent
  • 8. A Note on Age Appropriateness
    • School children can begin to backpack, carrying their personal gear (bag, clothes, item or two of food and toys)
    • Jr. High and High Schoolers can begin to plan and lead family trips
      • They need more challenge- mentally and physically
      • Basic skills allow more advanced activities (ex. Competence in swimming, paddling and knot tying skills allow white water rafting)
  • 9. How to Get Started
    • First determine your goals
    • Determine your family interests
    • Determine your resource levels
    • Buy gear (rent first)
    • Take lessons
    • Plan
    • Get to it!!
  • 10. Determine Your Goals
    • Are your family activities intended to facilitate basic child development, entice better discipline and better grades, or to bring the family closer together?
    • What level of outdoor expertise do you have and what level do you want?
    • Now write these goals down!! We will need this later.
  • 11. Determine Your Family Interests
    • Does your family like camping, fishing, hunting, canoeing, bicycling, sailing, etc.?
    • Does your family enjoy music and the
    • arts, museums, and science?
  • 12. Determine Your Family Interests
    • As a family do you participate in sports and athletics?
    • Do you and your family look for activities to bring you closer together and a vehicle to teach life lessons?
    • If you like any or all of these things your family can incorporate them into an outdoor adventure!!
  • 13. Ideas for Little Guys
    • Taking a child, even an infant through a state park like McKinney Falls- they can see the colors and be outside while you get some exercise
    • Dinosaur Valley SP- the baddest kid destination in the state!
    • Going to a local park to fly a kite or foam airplane, or catch bugs and watch squirrels
    • Go “fishing”- adult definition is not the same as kid definition
  • 14. Ideas for Little Guys
    • Cool scavenger hunt- look for leaves, rocks, discarded snake skins, mouse houses, etc.
    • Go throw rocks
    • Adventure lunch by a creek or pond
    • Do the scavenger hunt at night in the same park you were in during the day
    • Sky watch at night
  • 15. Take lessons
    • There are many places to find instructors:
      • Gear shops, local colleges, friends, Scout troops, and the Internet.
    • They can help you in other ways too if you will pick their brains:
      • Gear purchase advice.
      • Where to go info (known as “beta”) .
      • New ways to use your skills and activities
  • 16. Take lessons
    • If you are shaky on ANY of the skills you need to do the activities your family wants to enjoy, then take a lesson or two.
    • They are inexpensive for what you save in false starts, accidents, and adventures gone awry.
    • They make you look smart in front of your family.
  • 17.
    • Teach a love of the outdoors
    • “ Normalize” adventure
    • Teach desired behaviors
      • Show how instant obedience increases both safety and fun for the family
    Training Aspect of a Plan
  • 18.
    • Plenty of water and snacks
      • If kids sugar crash or get dehydrated, bad things happen
    • Take rests often
      • When you or the kids get overtired, the trip gets not fun in a hurry
    • The destination is of NO consequence
    • Have more activity planned than you will get to
    During the Activity
  • 19.
    • Make sure someone knows where you are headed and when you will be back
    • Carry the “Ten Essentials”- everytime
    Safety Plan
  • 20. Rules for buying inexpensive gear.
    • Buy the best gear you can afford-
      • It seems counterintuitive, but buying good gear is cheaper in the long run AND the gear works better, looks better and lasts longer.
    • Use the Internet-
      • Websites such as REI and REI-Outlet have great deals and will send you an email alert when gear you need goes on sale!
  • 21. Rules for buying inexpensive gear.
    • Buy out of season-
      • For kids this can be a sizing challenge, but if you buy out of season you can get great deals!
      • Some bigger boys can wear women’s hiking boots better than men’s and they are usually LOTS cheaper when on sale.
      • Make a running list of the gear every family member needs and check as often as possible for sales- remember the Internet!
  • 22.
    • Ten essentials-
      • Navigation: map, compass, GPS*
      • Sun Protection: sunscreen, sun glasses, hat
      • Insulation: synthetic jacket or vest
      • Illumination: flashlight, extra batteries
      • First –Aid kit: very good kits here at REI
      • Fire: matches, fire starter, H2O proof
      • Tools: multi tool, duct tape strips
      • Food: energy bars/gel, trail mix
      • Hydration- bladders and H2O filter
      • Shelter: reflective blanket or bivy sack
    Safety Gear
  • 23. “ Nice to Have” Gear
  • 24. After every adventure
    • Stop to eat dinner, get ice cream or hot cocoa
    • Relive the adventure and tell stories from the day
    • Ask everyone what they liked and want to do different
    • Begin to plan the next adventure
  • 25. Useful Web Links
    • http://rei.com/ (click on Learn and Share )
    • http://rei-outlet.com/
    • www.adventurecycling.org (Biking)
    • http://www.acanet.org/ (Canoeing)
    • http://www.backpacking.net/
    • http://www.thebackpacker.com/
    • http://gorp.away.com (A little of everything)
    • http://www.gearjunkie.com
  • 26. Get to it!!
    • The first 10 adventures are the hardest, after that it is second nature.
    • Remember at nine years old they are half gone- either to college or work- so get to it TODAY!!
  • 27. Local, Family-Day Adventures Mark W. Altman, M.I.S.
  • 28. Welcome Letter
    • I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all of you to the world of family adventure! My family and I have a lot of fun, learn a lot about ourselves and most importantly come together as a family on our adventures in a way not possible anywhere else.
    • Through tonight’s presentation you will learn a little about us, and hopefully you will learn how we make it happen.
    • I am so happy for you and the fun that awaits you right outside your door!
  • 29. Introduction
    • We are the Altman family, consisting of Dawn, Mark II, Bailey, Matthew, Meagan, and me.
    • We are a blended family ranging in age from 15 to 44.
    • In almost every way we are just like you.
  • 30. Table of Contents
    • Welcome
    • Introduction
    • Local Activities
    • Getting Started
    • Things for the Little Guys
    • Things for the Bigger Guys
    • Where to go
  • 31. Things for the little guys:
    • Start with a walk around a local park/pond
      • Explore- think like a little guy
      • Identify flora and fauna
      • Shovel exercise
      • Do it again at night
    • Ride local bike trails
    • Day hike local state parks (McKinney Falls)
    • Canoeing/ Kayaking- you paddle
  • 32. Things for the big kids:
    • Everything on the “little guy” list- just amped up
    • Simple Land Navigation
    • Learn to use backpacking stove
    • First Aid
    • Thought experiments (what to do if/ when)
    • Canoeing/ Kayaking- they paddle
  • 33.
    • Continue to work on behavior
    • Continue to “normalize” adventure
    • Talk about morals/ethics
      • The outdoors provide a place with no distractions to get in the way of important topics
    • Explain the importance of conservation of resources
    Training Aspect of a Plan
  • 34.
    • Take advantage of secondary training
      • Teach First Aid or Emergency Preparedness
      • Allow the kids to cook as many meals as possible
    • Roll in academics
      • Science – ecology, geology, wildlife studies
      • History of the local area
    Training Aspect of a Plan
  • 35. Thoughts on gear:
    • The rules from the previous slide show apply:
      • Buy the best gear you can afford-
      • Rent first, especially big purchases-
      • Use the Internet-
      • Buy out of season-
      • Keep a running gear list-
      • Use gear as academic and discipline rewards-
  • 36.
    • Ten essentials-
      • Navigation: map, compass, GPS*
      • Sun Protection: sunscreen, sun glasses, hat
      • Insulation: synthetic jacket or vest
      • Illumination: flashlight, extra batteries
      • First –Aid kit: very good kits here at REI
      • Fire: matches, fire starter, H2O proof
      • Tools: multi tool, duct tape strips
      • Food: energy bars/gel, trail mix
      • Hydration- bladders and H2O filter
      • Shelter: reflective blanket or bivy sack
    Safety Gear
  • 37. “ Nice to Have” Gear
  • 38.
    • Gotta haves-
      • Canoe/ Kayak- rent several before you buy
      • PFD- 1 for EVERYBODY
      • Paddle- 1 for each paddler
      • Throwline
      • Dry bags
      • Quick dry paddle shorts
      • The Ten Essentials
    Canoeing/ Kayaking Gear
  • 39.
    • Gotta haves-
      • Bikes- rent several before you buy
      • Helmet- a good one. Wear it, they call them “brain buckets” for a reason.
      • Patch kit- inlcuding spare tubes
      • Pump
      • Tire levers
      • Cycling mutli-tool
      • Bike Lock
      • If gone more than a couple of hours then you need the Ten Essentials.
    Bicycling Gear
  • 40.
    • Very local
      • McKinney Falls State Park
      • Hill Country Wildflower Trail
      • Hamilton Pool Park
      • Pedernales Falls State Park
      • McKinney Roughs Nature Park
      • Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve
      • Longhorn Cavern State Park
      • Parrie Haynes Ranch
      • Bastrop State Park
      • Cedar Park Caves Preserve
    Where to go (Day or Weekend)
  • 41.
    • Further away, but WAAAYY Cool
      • Inks Lake State Park
      • Dinosaur Valley State Park
      • Enchanted Rock State Park
      • Sea Center Texas
      • World Birding Center
      • Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
      • Hueco Tanks
      • Blanco State Park
      • Honey Creek State Natural Area
    Where to go (Weekend)
  • 42. Get to it!!
    • The first 10 adventures are the hardest, after that it is second nature.
    • Remember at nine years old they are half gone- either to college or work- so get to it TODAY!!
  • 43. Useful Web Links
    • http://rei.com/ (click on Learn and Share )
    • http://rei-outlet.com/
    • www.adventurecycling.org (Biking)
    • http://www.acanet.org/ (Canoeing)
    • http://www.backpacking.net/
    • http://www.thebackpacker.com/
    • http://gorp.away.com (A little of everything)
    • http://www.gearjunkie.com
  • 44. Let’s Take a Trip Together Mark W. Altman, M.I.S.
  • 45. Welcome Letter
    • I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all of you to the world of family adventure! My family and I have a lot of fun, learn a lot about ourselves and most importantly come together as a family on our adventures in a way not possible anywhere else.
    • Through tonight’s presentation you will learn a little about us, and hopefully you will learn how we make it happen.
    • I am so happy for you and the fun that awaits you right outside your door!
  • 46. Introduction
    • We are the Altman family, consisting of Dawn, Mark II, Bailey, Matthew, Meagan, and me.
    • We are a blended family ranging in age from 15 to 44.
    • In almost every way we are just like you.
  • 47. Table of Contents
    • Welcome Letter
    • Introduction
    • Getting Started
    • Longer trip payoffs
    • Gear needs
    • Where to go
    • Things to Remember
  • 48. Why outdoor adventures?
    • Tailored activities
    • The activity does not get in the way of family bonding.
    • The adventure is scalable. Some families will mountain climb, scuba-dive or do full-on expeditions while other families will do nature hikes in a local park.
  • 49. Longer trip payoffs
    • You have longer together!
    • You can travel further
    • You have time to get “into the swing of things”
    • You can do more training and reinforce lessons
    • More fun!!
  • 50. Take lessons
    • If you are shaky on ANY of the skills you need to do the activities your family wants to enjoy, then take a lesson or two.
    • They are inexpensive for what you save in false starts, accidents, and adventures gone awry.
    • They make you look smart in front of your family.
  • 51. Take lessons
    • There are many places to find instructors:
      • Gear shops, local colleges, friends, Scout troops, and the Internet.
    • They can help you in other ways too if you will pick their brains:
      • Gear purchase advice.
      • Where to go info (known as “beta”) .
      • New ways to use your skills and activities
  • 52. Things to KNOW
    • Everyone needs to be able to set up the tents
      • In the dark/ rain/ cold/ heat
    • Use the water treatment (filter, tablets, etc)
    • Use the stove
    • Where the first aid kit will be
    • How to navigate
    • What to do if…
  • 53. Plan
    • Start small- There is plenty of time to go big. Starting small will allow you time to get the gear and skills necessary to do more advanced adventures.
    • Earlier you determined your goals and now you will turn those goals into a plan:
      • Your planning needs to be done on two levels; the family aspect you want to improve, and the activity you will use as a vehicle
  • 54.
    • Leadership-
      • Teach your kids to set goals- They can help plan where to go and what training will be done
      • After the destination and training are decided, the kids learn to research and generate food and gear packing lists- include any special event gear lists (ex. Compass and maps for land navigation training)
      • Do a trip budget with the entire family
    Family Aspect of a Plan
  • 55.
    • Continue to work on behavior
    • Continue to “normalize” adventure – week long adventures solidify this process
    • Talk about morals/ethics
      • The outdoors provide a place with no distractions to get in the way of important topics
    • Explain the importance of conservation of resources
    Training Aspect of a Plan
  • 56.
    • Take advantage of secondary training
      • Teach First Aid or Emergency Preparedness
      • Allow the kids to cook as many meals as possible
    • Roll in academics
      • Science – ecology, geology, wildlife studies
      • History of the local area
    Training Aspect of a Plan
  • 57.
    • Car Camping
    • Backpacking
    • Bike trip
    • Canoeing
    • Kayaking (River or Lake/sea)
    • Climbing (Full on climbing or bouldering)
    • Snorkeling/ Scuba Diving
    Activities (Broad Strokes)
  • 58.
    • Art activities (photography, drawing)
    • Nature watching
    • Rock collecting
    • Scavenger Hunts/ GEO caching
    • Service Projects
    • Story telling (smores and campfire optional)
    Activities (Fine Strokes)
  • 59.
    • USE ONE!! EVERYTIME!! REALLY!!
    • There are good ones at REI.com
    • Start out carrying more than you need.
    • Go over the list shortly after the trip to determine what you can leave off next time.
    • Safety Gear ALWAYS goes!
    Packing Lists
  • 60.
    • Ten essentials-
      • Navigation: map, compass, GPS*
      • Sun Protection: sunscreen, sun glasses, hat
      • Insulation: synthetic jacket or vest
      • Illumination: flashlight, extra batteries
      • First –Aid kit: very good kits here at REI
      • Fire: matches, fire starter, H2O proof
      • Tools: multi tool, duct tape strips
      • Food: energy bars/gel, trail mix
      • Hydration- bladders and H2O filter
      • Shelter: reflective blanket or bivy sack
    Safety Gear
  • 61. Gear needs
    • Shelter
    • H2O- water is life! Keep plenty
    • Sleeping gear
    • Toiletries
    • Varied and good diet
    • Training items
  • 62. “ Nice to Have” Gear
  • 63.
    • Further away, but WAAAYY Cool
      • Inks Lake State Park
      • Dinosaur Valley State Park
      • Enchanted Rock State Park
      • Sea Center Texas
      • World Birding Center
      • Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
      • Hueco Tanks
      • Blanco State Park
      • Honey Creek State Natural Area
    Where to go (Weekend)
  • 64.
    • Further away, but WAAAYY Cool
      • Dinosaur Valley State Park
      • Enchanted Rock State Park
      • Hueco Tanks, El Paso
      • Big Bend Ranch State Park
      • Guadalupe Mountains State Park
      • Devil’s Den State Park, AR
      • Crater of Diamonds State Park, AR
      • Alabaster Caverns State Park, OK
      • Foss State Park, OK
      • Ten Killer State Park, OK (Scuba Diving)
    Where to go (Week)
  • 65.
    • Make a plan for Mommy and Daddy time
    • This will be important for a number of reasons:
      • To stay connected
      • To de-stress
      • Sets a pattern for longer trips
    • If your kids sleep in their own room, they can sleep in their own tent
    • If you are going to take a walk together or leave the kids, do it safely
    Adult Concerns
  • 66.
    • Make sure someone knows where you are going and when you will return
    • Someone to collect mail, watch pets, water plants, etc.
    • Leave some time to de-compress and re-compress
    • Do a complete gear layout before the trip
    • Eat out on the way home
    • Do an AAR (After Action Review)
    Things to remember
  • 67. Get to it!!
    • The first 10 adventures are the hardest, after that it is second nature.
    • Remember at nine years old they are half gone- either to college or work- so get to it TODAY!!
  • 68. Useful Web Links
    • http://rei.com/ (click on Learn and Share )
    • http://rei-outlet.com/
    • www.adventurecycling.org (Biking)
    • http://www.acanet.org/ (Canoeing)
    • http://www.backpacking.net/
    • http://www.thebackpacker.com/
    • http://gorp.away.com (A little of everything)
    • http://www.gearjunkie.com
  • 69. Epic Expeditions Exceeding ALL Boundries Mark W. Altman, M.I.S.
  • 70. Introduction
    • We are the Altman family, consisting of Dawn, Mark II, Bailey, Matthew, Meagan, and me.
    • We are a blended family ranging in age from 15 to 44.
    • In almost every way we are just like you.
    If you have gotten this far, either you are dreaming of a trip like this or maybe this trip is dreaming of you.
  • 71. Table of Contents
    • Introduction
    • Why Epic Adventures?
    • “ Why the heck are you doing this?”
    • Make a Plan
    • Job Concerns
    • What do we do with the House?
    • Trip concerns
    • Media requests
    • Resources
    • Questions?
  • 72. Why an Epic Adventure?
    • An epic adventure is a precious gift
    • The challenge and scope provide a greater test for the family and the individual
    • Allows for a much more intimate view of the countryside and people.
    • Greater variety of academic and cultural lessons
    • There is no substitute for time- time to impart and absorb lessons – time together
  • 73.  
  • 74. “ Why the heck are you doing this?”
    • This is THE most common question you will be asked!
    • If you ride for a “cause” (AIDS, cancer, diabetes, etc.) people will think you are LESS crazy and place more value on the trip
    • WE rode for adventure, education, togetherness, and love of family
  • 75.  
  • 76.
    • Decide who, where, how far, how long and when
    • Decide mode of travel: bike, canoe, walk- some combination
    • Research, research, research
    • Alter plan as needed
    • Use the backward planning process to solve the challenges of time and money.
    • Remember, you are not in the Tour or some other competition- if things get unsafe, stop or use motorized transport to a safer place!
    Make a Plan
  • 77.  
  • 78.  
  • 79. Job Concerns
    • REALLY decide how important your career is – then OWN that decision
    • Pick a timeframe (1 to 5 yrs.)
    • Groom someone to stand in for you
    • Make a plan to check in every few days
    • Computers and internet connections
    • Ask for leave of absence
    • Coincide your trip with a job change (layoff, firing, promotion, relocation)
    • You may have to quit and find a new job
  • 80.  
  • 81. Housing Concerns
    • We found a family to house sit- they even kept our dog!
    • Advertise on Craigslist
    • Hire a property management company
    • I have known a couple of people who sold their home and purchased new when they came home
  • 82.  
  • 83. Trip Concerns
    • Safety- traffic, crime
    • Shelter- weather, heat/cold/storms
    • Water- quality/plenty of it/ storage
    • Diet- balanced/ high energy
    • Hygiene- baby wipes/ hotels- hostels
    • Intimacy- desire/ privacy/ hygiene
  • 84.  
  • 85. Media Requests
    • You will almost certainly be approached by the media- you have to decide if you will grant interviews
    • If you do grant interviews, who will do them? Parents only? Kids too?
    • Before the trip train each other on interviewing skills
    • Be polite
    • Have fun!
  • 86.  
  • 87. Document the Trip
    • You will want to document the trip
    • Get the kids to keep a journal
    • Blogging
    • Newspaper serial reporting
    • Video journal
  • 88.  
  • 89.  
  • 90. Questions?
  • 91. Useful Web Links
    • http://rei.com/ (click on Learn and Share )
    • http://rei-outlet.com/
    • www.adventurecycling.org (Biking)
    • http://www.acanet.org/ (Canoeing)
    • http://www.backpacking.net/
    • http://www.thebackpacker.com/
    • http://gorp.away.com (A little of everything)
    • http://www.gearjunkie.com