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